Who We Are
Over 2,800 lawyers. Working in 150+ countries. Speaking over 70 languages. Freshfields is known for being the oldest international law firm in the world.
With major hires in the US in M&A, corporate governance, securities and shareholder litigation, antitrust, white-collar defense and investigations, restructuring, and CFIUS, we offer clients the ability to work with the world’s first “jurisdictionally agnostic” firm, capable of delivering elite advice in every major practice area all around the world. We help global corporations navigate their most complex business issues and capitalize on their most significant opportunities. This work involves executing complex cross-border transactions, dealing with the most challenging multijurisdictional litigations and global investigations, handling arbitrations and regulatory issues involving multiple countries and offering flexible financing solutions.
To broaden our capabilities in the U.S. and continue our ambitious growth plan, we have recently added renowned M&A, governance and litigation partners with a depth of experience in the US market to our U.S. team. We now have 48 partners and approximately 200 attorneys in New York and Washington, DC and continue to grow in the US, with more than 380 U.S.-qualified practitioners across the world. We combine the entrepreneurial and collaborative environment of a boutique firm with the top clients, mandates, resources, benefits and training of one the largest firms in the world. Our U.S. lawyers work seamlessly with their peers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. They not only provide domestic U.S. advice of the highest quality but also help clients from a broad range of industries tackle the most challenging cross-border issues. Having been involved in $1.5tn of cross-border deals in the last five years, and won judgments and arbitral awards worth billions of dollars in high-profile, high-stakes cross-border disputes, it’s no wonder we’re the #1 firm for international work.
Big or small, commercial or institutional, what our clients all have in common is the sheer ambition and complexity of what they want to achieve. Put simply, they hire Freshfields when it matters most. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the entire firm to solve the biggest and most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise. Whether it’s entering new markets, executing strategic transactions or managing multijurisdictional regulation, we are renowned for breaking new legal ground to help our clients go further.
We advise the world’s leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and investors, as well as governments and their agencies both in the US and overseas, including:
- Advent International
- BC Partners
- Cognizant Technology
- CVC Capital
- General Dynamics
- Hewlett-Packard Enterprises
- London Stock Exchange
- Stanley Black & Decker
- United Airlines
- Warburg Pincus
For a list of recent representative matters, please click here.
Diversity & Inclusion
We are a people business. Diversity is one of our core values and a strength for the firm. We value the fresh perspectives, creative ideas and connections that flow from bringing together people with different backgrounds. We strive each day to be a better and more diverse, supportive and inclusive workplace where everyone, regardless of their gender, race or ethnicity, background, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other dimensions of difference, has the opportunity to achieve their potential.
We also look beyond our firm through our involvement with external organizations and our collaborations with clients. We see ourselves as having a duty to create sustainable change in our profession, the business world and our wider communities. We are making progress but there is more to do. We have a clear set of priorities that include a focus on everyday actions and inclusive leadership, maximizing our diverse talent pipeline, and changing the dialogue and increasing engagement. These priorities ensure we are focused on building a more diverse workplace and greater inclusion for all.
Freshfields is strongly committed to pro bono legal work and view it as an invaluable opportunity to give back to our communities, both global and local, in a way that leverages our unique professional skills as lawyers to help people in need. Our pro bono work is performed on the same professional basis, and to the same high professional standards, as our work for fee-paying clients. Our pro bono work centers on the themes, Access to Justice and Access to Opportunity. In our last fiscal year, 81% of our U.S. lawyers worked on a pro bono matter, averaging 110 hours per attorney.
Our recent pro bono work includes:
- Participation in the City Bar Justice Center’s Covid-19 Remote Small Business Clinic where volunteer lawyers provided legal advice to small business owners about their options under CARES and other federal relief programs.
- An international treaty project where Freshfields is working with the American Bar Association, international law experts, and international organizations to adopt a treaty that would outlaw the practices that have given rise to Covid-19 (and Ebola/SARS).
- Representation of a labor trafficking victim who was trafficked from the Dominican Republic to work for a couple in New York City as a nanny for their four children. The couple confiscated her passport and she was forced to work 19-hour, six-day work weeks for a hundred dollars a week.
- A Freshfields litigation team, in partnership with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Afghans and Iraqis who have faced mortal danger for helping U.S. forces and experienced several years of delay in the processing of their applications for Special Immigrant Visas (SIV).