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FIRM OF THE YEAR - GLOBAL ARBITRATION, COMPETITION, M&A, ENGLAND, GERMANY
Lawyers from Freshfields are listed 210 times across 29 of the 32 practice areas we cover, a depth of talent unmatched by any other firm. With a history that stretches back to 1743 in the UK and 1840 in Germany, Freshfields is now the pre-eminent law firm in our research overall. The firm’s pro bono programme ranges from asylum support cases to advising Save The Children International on its global restructuring, and it continues to advise the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games on a variety of London 2012 projects as well as acting for some of the biggest names in the corporate and financial world.
|FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER LLP|
|TOTAL LISTINGS IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 210|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Arbitration||15||Internet & e-Commerce||2|
|Asset Recovery||3||Labour & Employment||7|
|Banking||5||M & A||15|
|Business Crime Defence||2||Oil & Gas||3|
|Commercial Litigation||9||Private Funds||3|
|Commercial Mediation||1||Product Liability Defence||4|
|Corporate Governance||10||Real Estate||9|
|Corporate Tax||21||Regulatory Communications||9|
|Environment||3||Trade & Customs||1|
|Insolvency & Restructuring||6||Trademarks||2|
|Insurance & Reinsurance||1|
Freshfields’ competition practice was named as the best in the world in Global Competition Review’s GCR100, and it forms the largest contingent in our research with 43 practitioners listed across 14 offices. Frank Montag is the most highly regarded individual in the field worldwide, and is praised by clients and peers alike for his “thorough expertise, excellent judgment and extraordinary network”. He is one of 10 nominees from the Brussels office, where managing partner David Broomhall stands out for his work on behalf of clients such as ConocoPhillips, Rosneft and Mars. Thomas Janssens is highly sought after for his knowledge of EU competition regulations, while global co-head of the firm’s antitrust, competition and trade practice John Davies splits his time between Brussels and London and is recognised for ability to “combine technical knowledge with commercial awareness”. Deirdre Trapp in London is “one of the reasons why Freshfields is so strong”, her contentious work in particular drawing huge praise. Jon Lawrence leads the cartel skills group and competition litigation team in London and is “at the forefront of competition litigation”. In DC, Paul Yde and Robert Schlossberg both score highly and Terry Calvani, former commissioner to the US Federal Trade Commission, is a “legend in this field”. As might be expected, the firm is very strong in Germany with nine lawyers selected including the “incredibly well informed” Helmut Bergmann. Onno Brouwer leads the practice in Amsterdam and Francisco Cantos scores highly in Spain. Further representations across Europe, as well as a valuable presence in Russia, China and Japan, confirm Freshfields’ pre-eminence in this sector.
The arbitration practice is also recognised as the finest in its field. Fifteen nominees are selected from across nine countries. Constantine Partasides heads the international arbitration group in London and is one of the most highly regarded experts in our sector worldwide. He was described as “absolutely fantastic both in drafting pleadings and presenting the case” and has experience of over 50 ad hoc and institutional arbitrations. Nigel Rawding stands out both as counsel and as arbitrator. Four nominees are selected in France, where Noah Rubins is picked out for his international commercial and investment treaty arbitration work. Georgios Petrochilos is hugely respected, and Peter Turner heads the international arbitration group in Paris and is very highly thought of. Günther Horvath is one of the most highly regarded experts in Austria and Rolf Trittmann is similarly revered in Germany. Lucy Reed is global co-head of the international arbitration group and serves on the LCIA Court and ICC Arbitration Commission. She is described as “phenomenal” and represented ConocoPhillips in its multibillion-dollar ICSID arbitration against Venezuela. Reza Mohtashami stands out in the UAE, while Nigel Blackaby heads the US and Latin America international arbitration groups from the DC office and is listed alongside the much sought after Brian King in New York. Taken together, the firm’s arbitration practice was rated as the finest in the world by Global Arbitration Review in the 2013 edition of its GAR100.
Freshfields is also recognised with our M&A award and has more lawyers listed in our corresponding research than any other firm, building on its traditional strength in Europe with a steady growth in Asia. Fifteen lawyers are selected for this edition, with five based in London. Mark Rawlinson is office managing partner and famous for his work on behalf of clients such as P&O and Manchester United Football Club. Head of the worldwide corporate practice Edward Braham is another “star” and has worked on high-value deals with Rolls-Royce, CKI and Permira. William Lawes is the firm’s senior partner and is recognised across the market for his “perceptive and effective leadership”, while Barry O’Brien heads the UK corporate finance practice and is “widely respected”. Five further nominees appear in Germany, where Axel Epe is deemed “pre-eminent” and Christoph H Seibt is commended for his work on behalf of clients such as Continental. Willibald Plesser is co-head of Freshfields’ CEE/CIS region from the Vienna office and “very well known” in the market for his cross-border work in the energy sector, while Hervé Pisani is rated as a “true talent” in Paris. Freshfields’ growing strength in this Asia is demonstrated by the inclusion of two partners from the Hong Kong office. Robert Ashworth is Asia managing partner and a “leading professional” in the region, while Teresa Ko is a “superb practitioner” who has acted in high-value deals for clients such as HSBC and TPG. Pervez Akhtar in Dubai is regional managing partner for the MENA region and “a big name” in corporate law with a strong focus on private equity. Many of the above names are also recognised for their corporate governance expertise, where 10 partners are selected in total. Four are based in London, including Vanessa Knapp who was awarded an OBE for her services to corporate law in 2007 and is a principal consultant to the firm. She “knows as much as anyone about all facets of corporate governance” according to our sources. Further nominees are recognised in Germany, Austria and Hong Kong.
The firm’s second largest contingent overall is in the corporate tax chapter, where 21 lawyers are selected for inclusion. Six are from the London office, including the “truly brilliant” Murray Clayson. Sarah Falk is recognised for her “exceptional ability” in relation to corporate transactions such as Zhejiang Geely’s acquisition of Volvo, while Richard Ballard stands out for his problem solving ability and “clear succinct advice”. Stephan Eilers is “one of the best” in Germany, with Jochen Lüdicke and Martin Schiessl also very well known. The firm’s European strength extends to further recognition in Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as two further nominees in the US. Gregory May in DC is an expert on international transactions and the “gifted” Robert Scarborough is well known as a former chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section.
Our litigation chapter sees nine Freshfields lawyers listed, with five based in London. Constantine Partasides adds to his recognition in the arbitration research, while Ian Terry, a former head of the dispute resolution practice, remains a “key player” in the market. Raj Parker is held in “high esteem” for his general commercial and financial disputes resolution practice. Rolf Trittmann in Frankfurt is one of the leading individuals in the research overall, while Thomas Kustor in Vienna and Vicente Sierra in Madrid also score very highly in their respective jurisdictions.
Freshfields is also one of the leading firms in our regulatory communications research. Nine lawyers are selected including two from Brussels in the shape of Laurent Garzaniti and Thomas Janssens. Garzaniti is co-head of the firm’s telecommunications, media and technology sector group and was described as “very thorough”, while Janssens is “highly sought after” in relation to the regulatory aspects of the communications sector. Natasha Good is listed in London and her expertise in telecoms regulation is rated as “second to none”, while Norbert Nolte co-heads the telecoms, media and technology sector group from the Cologne office and frequently represents operators in proceedings before the German regulator and the European Commission. Further listings in Germany and the Netherlands are complemented by the inclusion of Connie Carnabuci in Hong Kong, and she is recognised for her work relating to IT outsourcing, new media issues and telecoms agreements.
The nine lawyers selected in the capital markets chapter are predominantly European based, with four in London led by Stephen Revell, co-head of the firm’s global practice in this area. Recognised for his work across all types of capital markets transactions, he is particularly highly rated for cross-border deals and for his knowledge of emerging markets. David Trott is head of the London banking team and also scores highly; he recently advised the joint administrators of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Limited on various capital markets and treasury matters. Andreas König in Germany is commended for his work on behalf of investment banks and other financial institutions, PE investors and corporates in this field. Further nominees are recognised in Belgium and Hong Kong, where Teresa Ko is “famous for the incredible number of deals she gets done”.
The real estate practice also has nine partners selected. Johannes Conradi is head of the global real estate group and “one of the leading lawyers in Germany”; known for his advice on real estate transactions, project developments and finance. Friedrich Heilmann is praised for his “strong technical ability” while Heinz Kummer was deemed a “great asset” to the firm. Niko Schultz-Süchting is “very active” advising on the regulatory aspects of German open-ended funds in combination with the regulatory implications for real estate transactions nationally and internationally. Geoff Le Pard is a consultant to the practice in London and has represented clients such as Scottish Widows, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers, while former head of the London real estate practice Mark Wheelhouse is also very well known in the market. Marzio Longo gives the firm a presence in the Italian section.
The nine listings in the life sciences research chapter are predominantly drawn from the firm’s IP practice. “Few can match” Peter Chrocziel for cross-jurisdictional technology and pharmaceutical matters, and Frank Erich Hufnagel stands out for his work on behalf of leading health-care and pharmaceutical companies. In London, Justin Watts has earned a “fantastic reputation” for his pharmaceutical disputes practice, while Christof Pöchhacker in Vienna is internationally recognised for his IP and regulatory expertise.
Freshfields’ labour and employment capability is also highly rated in the market, particularly in Germany where three nominees are highlighted. Klaus-Stefan Hohenstatt was commended for his counsel to clients on supervisory matters such as terminations and remuneration packages. Thomas Müller-Bonanni has represented Porsche and BP on litigation matters, while Heinz Josef Willemsen is known for his work for family-owned businesses in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. This trio is matched by three from London, where Caroline Stroud co-heads the team and is very well known for her “tenacious and effective” defence of big-ticket employment disputes. Raquel Flórez heads the employment, pensions and benefits practice in Spain and is also highly rated.
The aircraft finance practice of Robert Murphy in London comes recommended as “one of the best in town”, and he is one of six aviation specialists to earn inclusion. In Germany, Dirk Schmalenbach has acted for clients such as Airbus and specialises in asset and lease financing as well as project finance, while Konrad Schott has advised a German airline on French aircraft leases for three A380-800s and held an in-house position with Helaba Landesbank before joining the firm. William Coleman is counsel to the Dubai office and is rated as “one of the foremost aviation finance lawyers in the Middle East”, while Harnek Shoker is similarly well regarded in Bahrain. Alan Ryan in Brussels is co-head of the infrastructure and transport sector group and is feted for his “incredible commercial understanding”. He has acted for high profile clients such as Emirates in recent years.
The six-strong contingent from Freshfields in the insolvency chapter includes Nick Segal, one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the field worldwide. Described as “a real pleasure to work with”, he has advised on restructurings in the UK, US, Russia, Continental Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Ken Baird heads the London restructuring and insolvency team and is known for his “impeccable judgement”, while Lars Westpfahl is one of the foremost lawyers in the German research and Raffaele Lener likewise recognised in Italy.
In the banking section, Freshfields boasts five “first-rate” lawyers. Sean Pierce is co-head of the firm’s financial services sector group and “internationally respected” for his restructurings and treasury transactions, while his colleague in the London office Simon Hall is credited with “unique insight” into the transportation industry. Yorck Jetter is considered “one of Germany’s greatest banking lawyers” alongside Frank Laudenklos, and Friedrich Jergitsch is selected from the firm’s Vienna office.
Alan Rae Smith is “one of the finest project finance lawyers around” and leads a quintet of nominees corresponding chapter. Twice recognised with our Project Finance Lawyer of the Year award, he is particularly well known for his work in Africa and the Middle East. Nicholas Bliss is also based in London and is rated as an “infrastructure guru” by his peers. Further listings in the US, Russia and Japan underline the firm’s international credentials in this area.
The firm is also home to one of the world’s outstanding public procurement lawyers in the shape of Hans-Joachim Prieß. Described as “definitely one of the absolute leading practitioners in this field”, he is a prolific author on procurement, customs and trade matters and is listed alongside Sally Roe from the London office.
With one or more practitioners selected in 13 further practice area chapters, the market leading depth of the firm’s expertise is matched by its breadth and taken together they propel Freshfields to the forefront of the legal market.
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