Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP at a Glance


  • “Extremely interesting cross-border matters”
  • “The people are fantastic”
  • “No billables”


  • “Opaque partnership track”
  • “Brand in the U.S. is still not as strong as it should be”
  • “Everyone gets their fair share of boring work”

The Buzz

  • “Renowned and feared in arbitration”
  • “Great international practice”
  • “Pretentious”
  • “Prestigious in the U.K.”

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.

The firm has also recently turned its sights toward the Middle East, obtaining a license to practice in the UAE in 2005 and Bahrain in 2007. Freshfields is one of a few foreign firms authorized to advise clients directly in Saudi Arabia.

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.


April 2014

$20 Billion (and Counting) in U.S. Deals
Freshfields announced that its U.S. corporate practice has advised on cross-border transactions worth more than $20 billion year through mid-April 2014, acting as counsel to clients such as Foster Wheeler, Continental AG, Swiss Re, Invensys, and Novartis.

March 2014

Say Hi to Siegel
Freshfields named Adam Siegel, a partner in the firm's litigation practice in New York and co-head of the firm's global investigations practice to the position of U.S. regional managing partner. 

Big Win for BG Group at the U.S. Supreme Court
Freshfields successfully represented BG Group in the first investment treaty arbitration case to be addressed by the Supreme Court of the United States, which reinstated a $185 million award in favor of the U.K.-based oil and gas company in its long-running dispute with the Republic of Argentina.

November 2013

Not a Bad GIG
New York-based litigation partner Michael Lacovara was named co-head of the firm's general industries (GIG) sector group this group comprises a broad range of sectors with specialist teams focused on automobile manufacturing and production, chemicals, paper goods and other industrial products, as well as the work of our professional  services, family-owned business and conglomerate clients.

October 2013

Cyberattacks and Stock Performance
Analysis conducted by Freshfields revealed that global listed companies hit by a cyber attack saw a combined loss in market value of $53 billion on the first day's trading following the revelation of an incident and those affected took an average of 24 days to recover pre-crisis valuations.

July 2013

We're #1
Freshfields ranked #1 in Law360's Global 20, the legal news services ranking of 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 2014: 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
    19 out of 19 (2013)

  • 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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