Cross borders with confidence
Making high-impact business decisions has never been more challenging.
The stakes are higher than ever and the risks deeper. The speed at which critical decisions need to be made in our global, interconnected, always-on world makes it increasingly difficult to operate with confidence.
Our mission is to have a positive impact on business outcomes by providing clients with the intelligence, expertise and experience they need to decrease uncertainty and increase confidence so that the right business decisions can be made.
Our market-leading lawyers in the U.S. and every office around the world, bring their regional expertise to assemble and collaborate, at a moment’s notice, solving the most critical issues.
Recent US achievements
Freshfields was recognized for its exceptional cross-border abilities with the award for “Private Equity Team of the Year” at the 2017 Transatlantic Legal Awards. The awards, presented by Legal Week and American Lawyer, celebrate firms and in-house teams with strong presences in both the US and the UK, taking into account notable transatlantic deals, overall firm strategy and individual achievement.
The award recognized Freshfields for advising Formula One Group (F1) and CVC Capital Partners on the sale of F1 to Liberty Media, a transaction with an enterprise value for F1 of $8 billion and an equity value of $4.4 billion.
Valerie Ford Jacob led the deal from the US side and Charles Hayes from the UK side. Congratulations to both, and to their teams on both sides of the Atlantic, for their delivery of outstanding cross-border client results.
An amicus brief prepared by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was cited twice by the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in their recent decision condemning the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban – one of only a handful of briefs the court referred to in the high-profile matter, which attracted contributions from dozens of other firms representing a variety of state and local governments, academics, and other public interest organizations.
The Court voted to uphold a lower court’s opinion enjoining the proposed ban, which would restrict entry to the United States for residents of six predominantly Muslim countries. Freshfields filed the brief on behalf of the Cato Institute, the prestigious American think tank that focuses its research on issues affecting personal freedom. The Freshfields brief took an analytical, research-driven view of the proposed ban, focusing on its lack of factual credibility.
One element the Freshfields argument addressed – mentioned by the concurring judges in their opinion – was that the ban’s authors cited as justification for the proposed ban the example of a two-year-old immigrant to the United States who, many years later, became radicalized and engaged in terrorist activity. Since the ban addressed only border immigration, not other systemic forces that might stop young adults already in America from adopting radical political beliefs, Freshfields argued that the example did not bolster the proposed ban’s goal of reducing domestic terrorism.
A team culled from Freshfields’ New York and Washington, DC offices authored the brief, including senior associates David Livshiz and Peter Jaffe and associates Lauren Kaplin and Karen Wiswall. Their work was overseen by litigation partner Dan Braun and counsel Brent Wible. Freshfields, a global leader in cross-border law, now has nearly 200 lawyers, including 37 partners, in the United States.