Mergers and acquisitions
Freshfields is a world leader in M&A and other transactional activities. With unrivalled global experience, seamlessly integrated capabilities, and trusted strategic guidance, we support clients on a wide range of matters, from their domestic deals to their largest, most complex, cross-border transactions.
At Freshfields, we understand the pivotal role complex transactions play in shaping businesses. Our clients trust us for the creative problem-solving and rapid decision-making that lie at the heart of our practice. We thrive on unravelling complexity and navigating challenging deal structures, whether in the public or private space.
Integrated transactional capabilities provide a seamless, comprehensive deal strategy, from deal structuring to equity and debt financing, while managing tax, antitrust and competition, foreign direct investment regulation, employment and regulatory hurdles as well as litigation risks.
With deep industry knowledge and unrivalled cross-border experience in the largest, high-profile and most complex transactions, we empower our clients to make informed decisions, mitigate risks and seize opportunities.
Advising AmerisourceBergen Corporation on its $1.3bn (€1.28bn) cash acquisition of PharmaLex Holding, a leading provider of specialised services for the life sciences industry.
Advising AVEVA Group on the recommended cash acquisition by Schneider Electric of the entire issued, and to be issued, share capital of AVEVA not currently owned by Schneider.
Advising CK Hutchison Holdings on the landmark $6bn merger of its Indonesian telecommunications business, Hutchison 3 Indonesia, with Indosat, a subsidiary of Ooredoo.
Coupa Software Incorporated, a leader in business spend management, on its $8bn cash sale to Thoma Bravo.
Advising Qualtrics committee of independent directors of the board on the $12.5bn all-cash sale of the company to a private equity consortium.
Awards & Recognitions
US M&A Team of the Year 2023 – IFLR Americas Awards.
Corporate Team of the Year – Lawyer Awards 2023.
M&A Deal of the Year – IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2023.
European M&A Legal Adviser of the Year – Mergermarket European M&A Awards.
Firm of the Year: M&A (and Competition & Trade, Arbitration) – Who's Who Legal Awards 2022.
M&A Team of the Year – IFLR Middle East Legal Awards, 2021 & 2022.
‘Freshfields is like an extension of our in-house team. The attorneys have an outstanding, comprehensive approach.’
‘The firm has very strong capabilities to deal with complex cross-border topics.’
‘Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer plays in the top league of M&A.’
‘We've been happy to give them a lot of our larger and more complex work. They have both a higher concentration of quality and a focus on client service.’