Freshfields opens in Silicon Valley with seven founding partners
Helping ambitious businesses act with confidence.
For ambitious businesses, the stakes are higher, the risks run deeper, and critical business decisions need to be made quickly. Our global, integrated platform positions us perfectly to help.
We have more than 200 attorneys in the US operating from offices in New York, Washington, DC and Silicon Valley, with a further 200+ US-qualified lawyers across the world. Our team includes market leaders in M&A, corporate governance, securities litigation and shareholder activism defence, enforcement/investigations, antitrust/CFIUS, restructuring and bankruptcy, capital markets, employee benefits, IP, tax, litigation and international arbitration.
In 2020, Freshfields earned seven ‘Band 1’ rankings in Chambers Global – more than any other firm in the United States – in part out of recognition for the significant matters led by our US team.
We offer deep bench strength in the United States, can leverage an unmatched global network, and provide sophisticated advice that knows no bounds – everything you need to act quickly and with confidence.
Recent US work
Evonik on its defence of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) challenge to its acquisition of PeroxyChem.
The victory ended the FTC’s seven-trial win streak in litigated merger challenges and marked only the second time the FTC has been defeated at trial since 2011.
Cengage on its defense against numerous class actions challenging Inclusive Access programmes.
Twice defeating confirmation of Chapter 11 plans on behalf of term loan lenders in Paragon Offshore, Inc. Chapter 11 cases involving total term, revolver and noteholder claims of approximately $2.4bn, resulting in vastly improved recoveries to term loan lenders.
Infineon Technologies on the CFIUS approval of its proposed $10bn acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor.
Universal Music Group in the sale 10% of its equity by its parent Vivendi to Tencent for $3.4 billion and the related option for Tencent Music to acquire a minority stake in Universal Music’s greater China business.
ConocoPhillips in an ICSID arbitration under the Netherlands-Venezuela investment treaty, arising out of one of the largest expropriations in history. Venezuela was found to have breached its international law obligations to ConocoPhillips and ConocoPhillips was awarded US$8.7 billion in damages—the largest ICSID award ever.
Volkswagen on numerous matters, including its $2.6bn co-investment with Ford in autonomous vehicle technology company Argo AI.
One of the world’s largest banks in investigations by multiple enforcement authorities into an alleged scheme to manipulate the setting of the Libor and other leading benchmark interest rates in 14 countries.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., a Chinese technology giant, on its $13bn global offering on the HKSE and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
KLX on the $4.2bn sale of its aviation parts and services business to Boeing and the spinoff of its energy services business.
Starbucks on its $7.15bn global coffee alliance with Nestlé.
Abdul Latif Jameel in obtaining a first ever Circuit Court decision granting Section 1782 discovery in aid of private arbitrations pending abroad.
KLX Energy Services in its all-stock merger with Quintana Energy Services.
Hasbro, Inc., the American worldwide toy and game brand company, on its IP and CFIUS concerns in its £3.3bn all-cash acquisition of Entertainment One, the London listed media and entertainment company behind Peppa Pig.
A Switzerland-headquartered global financial institution in extended discussions with the DOJ and other regulators in connection with concerns relating to US tax compliance that we ultimately resolved favorably on behalf of our client.
London Stock Exchange Group on its $27bn acquisition of Refinitiv from a consortium including Blackstone, CPPIB, GIC and Thomson Reuters.
BASF on its €7.6bn acquisition of significant components of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide businesses.
Representing of JPMorgan Chase, as administrative agent, to the $2.1bn revolving and term loan facility of Acosta, Inc., a U.S. based sales and marketing company, including through multiple amendments and a Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Sarah K. Solum Head of US Capital Markets and Managing Partner of Silicon Valley Office
Eric B. Bruce US Head of disputes, litigation and arbitration, and global investigations
Washington, DC, New York