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Edward Braham

Senior partner  

Edward is the firm's senior partner





Edward is our senior partner. He has a well-earned reputation for innovative thinking that gets difficult deals done.

He brings many years’ experience to domestic and cross-border, public and private M&A, including private equity and infrastructure transactions. He acts for clients in a wide range of industries and countries, and has worked on deals in Freshfields offices around the world.

He has been involved in many landmark transactions. They include the competitive take-private of Debenhams through a scheme of arrangement that changed the way takeovers are done. Others include Kingfisher’s two-stage acquisition of Castorama, the formation of dual-headed company Reed Elsevier and ICI’s complex multi-jurisdictional purchase of Unilever’s specialty chemical division. He also advised Anheuser Busch on its bid for Harbin Brewery, the first competitive public bid in China.

Clients benefit both from his experience and his knowledge of the firm.

The "fantastic" Edward Braham is highly regarded by peers in the market. He represents a broad range of corporate clients, with particular experience in the infrastructure sector.
Chambers Global 2016, Corporate/M&A - UK

Recent deals/Highlights

  • Advised Softbank Group on its $24bn acquisition of ARM Holdings;
  • Advised Betfair Group plc on its merger with Paddy Power plc.


• Kingfisher’s acquisition of Castorama, the original take-private of Eircom, and the take-private of Debenhams all won major awards.

• Named Lawyer of the Year 2010 by London business newspaper CityAM.

Career to date

Edward joined the firm as a trainee solicitor in 1985 and became a partner in 1995. 

He led the Infrastructure and Transport sector group between 2007 to 2009. Edward was global head of our corporate practice group between 2009 to 2014 and was elected senior partner from 1 January 2016.

Qualifications and education

Worcester College, Oxford University.

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