Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
|Headquarters||65 Fleet Street
London, United Kingdom
|No. of offices||28|
|No. of lawyers||
Partners: 427Associates: 1,611
|No. of employees||Approx. 4,859|
|Major practice areas||Banking & finance
Projects & Energy
|Key people||Edward Braham
Joint Managing Partner
Joint Managing Partner
|Revenue||£1.33 billion (2015/16)|
|Profit per equity partner||£1.47 million (2015/16)|
|Founder||Samuel Dodd and James William Freshfield|
|Company type||Limited liability partnership|
Freshfields is the oldest firm within the Magic Circle and is reported to be the oldest international law firm in the world. Its origins can be traced back to the early 18th century when it was appointed solicitor to the Bank of England. It continues to advise the Bank of England today.
Freshfields is the top ranked law firm for European, UK and Asia-Pacific M&A. As of 2015, it is the only magic circle firm to feature in the top five law firms in the world by deal value and is the highest ranked law firm by value in European M&A. In Thomson Reuters' UK M&A charts for 2014, Freshfields closed 91 transactions worth over $118 billion, over 50% more by value than the second ranked law firm.
Freshfields recent mandates include: advising the Bank of England, Northern Rock and German Government throughout the 2008 financial crisis; and advising the UK Government on the privatisations of Royal Mail, Northern Rock, Lloyds Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Eurostar. The firm has 28 offices in 17 jurisdictions across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. It advises national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments.
James William Freshfield, the first Freshfield to join the firm, adopted the crest of John Freshfield of Norwich as his own, having seen it as a boy. It was later used as the firm's mark. The emblem represents St Michael who is depicted as an angel with a spear.
Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber traced its history back to Hamburg in 1840; at the time of its merger with Freshfields it was one of the two largest law firms in Germany. Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund was founded in 1962 by Arved Deringer and Claus Tessin and had been based in Cologne since 1970.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was created in 2000 when U.K.-based Freshfields merged with two law firms: Germany-based Deringer, Tessin, Herrmann, & Sedemund and Germany-Austria-based Bruckhaus, Westrick, Heller, Löber.
The firm changed its name as different partners joined or left the firm until James William Freshfield (1775–1864) was elected partner. James Freshfield, his sons and grandsons worked at the firm until the last Freshfield retired in 1918.
- "Global Law Firm of the Year" (Who's Who Legal Awards 2013, 2014 );
- "Most Highly Regarded M&A Law Firm in the World" (Who's Who Legal 2012, 2013 and 2014); "European M&A Legal Adviser of the Year" (Mergermarket European Awards 2014);
- "M&A Team of the Year Asia" (Asia Legal Awards 2015);
- "M&A Team of the Year" (British Legal Awards 2014);
- "M&A team of the year" (IFLR European Awards 2010);
- "M&A team of the year" (British Legal Awards 2009 and 2008);
- "Germany law firm of the year";
- "UK law firm of the year" (Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2009);
- "Most innovative law firm" (Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2009);
- "Law firm of the year" (The Lawyer Awards 2008);
- "International law firm of the year" (PLC Which Lawyer? Awards 2008).
Freshfields has been the top ranked firm in the world for expertise in Antitrust and Competition Law in the Global Competition Law "Global Elite Law Firms Index" for a number of years.
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