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Our history

A history of thinking ahead.

We are the world’s oldest global law firm, but we are constantly reinventing ourselves.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was formed in 2000 by a three-way merger between Freshfields (UK), Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund (Germany) and Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber (Germany and Austria). This unprecedented merger of equals brought together more than 270 years’ of experience, dating back to 1743 in the UK and 1840 in Germany.

Read our story below.