Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP at a Glance


  • “Truly international network and caseload”
  • “Great culture and atmosphere”
  • “Lockstep compensation”


  • “Growing pains”
  • “International work means international hours”
  • “Opaque leadership”

The Buzz

  • “Arbitration powerhouse”
  • “Great white collar”
  • “Raiders”
  • “Magic circle = posh”

About Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

For 250 years, Freshfields has remained a constant at the top of the U.K. legal market. Known as one of the "Magic Circle" firms, Freshfields has developed a multifaceted practice encompassing antitrust, international corporate work, finance, dispute resolution, real estate, tax and intellectual property. With 27 international offices, the firm has expanded its reach around the globe and has become a player in the United States thanks to the growing presence in the U.S. with offices in New York and Washington, DC.

Established Name, Modern Growth

Founded in 1743, Freshfields just might be the oldest international law firm in the world. For the bulk of its history, the firm remained relatively small, yet pedigreed. The firm's modern evolution began with the deregulation of the London markets in the 1980s, placing an emphasis on corporate work, and the firm's massive global expansion in the 1990s. In 2000, Freshfields merged with top German firms Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber and Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund, creating a pan-European behemoth. Freshfields was also one of the first western firms in Asia and now has a sizeable presence there.

Today, Freshfields operates under what it labels a "comprehensive global approach to business." Despite the firm's London roots, over 70 percent of the firm's 2000+ attorneys work outside of the U.K.  

Not Born in the U.S.A. but Working Hard Here

From scones to apples, Freshfields has settled into its U.S.-based practice. The New York office specializes in corporate, finance, tax and litigation matters, offering services related to M&A (primarily of the cross-border variety), infrastructure and project finance, general banking transactions, white collar defense, international arbitration, civil litigation and corporate tax. Its clients include banks and financial institutions, public companies, CEOs, foreign government agencies, private equity firms and hedge funds.

Meanwhile, down in the Beltway, Freshfields has built a powerful U.S. antitrust practice that outstrips those of other firms with European roots. Thanks to Freshfields' international reach, this practice has taken on a range of multijurisdictional antitrust matters. Among its noteworthy matters includes the recent merger clearance of the United/Continental airline combination.

And Beyond

Freshfields has been active in Vietnam and China for more than 25 years. The firm operates offices in six Asian cities, with its hub in Hong Kong. Asia-based attorneys work on everything from corporate and securities work to finance to IP to antitrust, with clients like Morgan Stanley, Hewlett Packard, Pepsi, Bank of China and Warburg Pincus knocking on the firm's door. Freshfields has had a hand in every one of the ten largest Chinese initial public offerings, including the $22 billion IPO of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in 2006-one of the world's largest IPOs.

In Latin America, the firm has established relationships with a number of local law firms and has successfully handled arbitrations, investment disputes and other transactions in the region. Some of its notable matters include its representing Travelex on the acquisition of Grupo Confidence and advising ConocoPhillips on a $30 billion arbitration proceeding against the government of Venezuela.

To meet clients' demands for more international experience, Freshfields has recently expanded its transactional practice in the United States with the appointments of several distinguished lawyers. This expansion marks a milestone in the firm's U.S. practice-anchored in New York and Washington, DC-where it already has strength in arbitration, litigation and global investigations, as well as antitrust, M&A, tax and finance. The additions demonstrate the firm's commitment to strategic investments in the United States and solidify its already stellar worldwide reputation. 


March 2015

Experts in Expropriation
Freshfields received Latin Lawyer's 2014 Deal of the Year award for its representation of Repsol in Repsol v. Argentina, which resulted in Argentina's first-ever negotiated expropriation deal. This was the highest-profile direct expropriation in a decade, and was successfully settled for an amount in excess of $5bn-a settlement record for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

February 2015

Tin Can Teamwork
Freshfields advised Rexam, the UK-based international aluminum can manufacturer, on the $6.7bn cash and shares offer by U.S.-based Ball Corporation, to potentially create one of the world's biggest consumer-packaging suppliers. The deal involved partners from the firm's corporate, antitrust, employment, tax, and pensions practices, and spanned across the firm's New York, Washington, DC and London offices.

At Your Service
BTI Consulting Group's 2015 Client Services All-Stars report named Peter Lyons one of 33 stand-out M&A attorneys for exceptional client service.

January 2015

Benefits Baller
Freshfields appointed executive compensation and employee benefits lawyer Howard Klein as a partner in its New York office. Howard joined the firm's leading multinational employment, pensions and benefits practice group and will work closely with the corporate and finance teams in the United States serving U.S.-based and international clients.

November 2014

Gotta Love a Landmark Acquittal
Freshfields successfully represented former UBS executive Raoul Weil, on trial for conspiring to defraud the U.S. government. The jury deliberated for just one hour before announcing its decision; if convicted, Weil would have faced up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. AmLaw's Litigation Daily recognized Aaron Marcu, head of the firm's global financial institutions group, as "Litigator of the Week" for his work on the case.

October 2014

Victory for Citigroup
Freshfields achieved a major trial win for Citigroup in the Southern District of New York, securing the dismissal of all claims in the case, which were based on fraud, breach of contract and quasi contract, and which ultimately sought over $100m in damages from Citigroup and several of its employees. The decision brought to a close over three years of litigation, and was led by partners Marshall Fishman and Tim Harkness, along with senior associate Sam Rubin.

September 2014

New Faces Join the All-Star Team
Freshfields launched the expansion of its transactional practice by appointing Mitchell Presser as head of the firm's U.S. M&A practice, James Douglas as head of the firm's U.S. leveraged finance practice, and Peter Lyons as co-head of the firm's Global Public M&A group. Prior to joining Freshfields, Presser was a founding partner of the private equity firm Paine + Partners and a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, while Douglas was head of the banking and finance practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and Lyons was a former head of the Global M&A group at Shearman & Sterling.

Freshfields also expanded its global capital markets and high yield practice by appointing Valerie Ford Jacob, Paul Tropp, and Michael Levitt as partners in the firm's New York office. Ford Jacob joined as co-head of the firm's global capital markets practice, while Tropp joined as head of the firm's capital markets practice in New York and Levitt joined as a partner in the firm's capital markets practice. All three were former partners at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

August 2014

We're #1
For the fourth consecutive year, Freshfields ranked #1 in Law360's Global 20. This list highlights the 20 law firms that had the largest global presence and were involved in the biggest, most complex and most diverse array of cross-border matters over the past year.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

601 Lexington Avenue
31st Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 277-4000
Fax: (212) 277-4001


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: David Aitman
  • Regional Managing Partner, U.S.: Adam Siegel
  • Hiring Attorney: Jerome Ranawake (New York)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 2,600

  • Employment Contact
    Lesley Stumphauzer
    Legal Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (212) 230-4674
    Fax: (646) 465-7474

  • Base Salary
    New York, NY; Washington, DC
    1st year: $160,000
    2nd year: $170,000
    3rd year: $185,000
    4th year: $210,000
    5th year: $230,000
    6th year: $250,000
    7th year: $265,000
    8th year: $280,000
    Summer associate: $3,077/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    22 out of 22 (2014)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Antitrust, Competition & Trade
    Dispute Resolution (International Arbitration, Litigation, White Collar)
    Intellectual Property/Information Technology

Major Office Locations

  • New York, NY
  • Washington, DC
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Amsterdam
  • Bahrain
  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Brussels
  • Cologne
  • Dubai
  • Düsseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Hamburg
  • Hanoi
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hong Kong
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Milan
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Rome
  • Shanghai
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo
  • Vienna
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