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Leading international law firm

Freshfields  is a leading international law firm with offices across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. With over 2,500 lawyers in sixteen countries, it has the resources to co-ordinate and execute even the largest and most complex matters involving numerous jurisdictions. The company has a wealth of expertise in chosen practice areas carefully selected because of their critical importance to its clients. It invests significantly in developing the specialist industry knowledge of its people so that they can combine their legal skills with a genuine understanding of the markets in which clients operate.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s international restructuring and insolvency team operates on both the domestic and the international stage, and its lawyers are widely recognised as leaders in the field. It represents lenders, corporates, creditors, insolvency practitioners and regulators to find commercial, innovative solutions. The group is one hundred strong and includes thirty dedicated partners, bringing together lawyers from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, skilled in all aspects of business rescue and restructuring work.

The company has been involved in most, if not all, of the major European restructurings and insolvencies in the downturn. It provides corporates and lenders with expert advice on all key areas of concern for businesses in this new market, including risk minimisation and achieving the optimum outcome from a financing and restructuring situation.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s work for financial institutions includes the ongoing representation of the administrators of Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander Plc. (subsidiary of Kaupthing Bank HF) and Heritable Bank Plc. (subsidiary of Landsbanki). It was lead advisor to Northern Rock on all aspects of its financial crisis, and is the principal debtor-side adviser to Cattles plc, one of the largest ongoing restructurings in the market.

With the economic environment presenting challenges to those sectors linked to discretionary spend, the firm has been mandated on a number of leading roles, including housebuilders such as Crest Nicholson, McCarthy & Stone, Colonial, Reyal Urbis, Gladedale and Metrovacesa; retail sector clients like Woolworths and the Valentino Group; several pub chains such as Barracuda; media and technology providers Thomson SA, Independent News & Media, Incisive Media, Associated Newspapers Group and Nortel; automotive suppliers Honsel and Amtel-Vredestein; and manufacturers such as Paroc Group.

The company has also played key roles in many of the highest profile LBO restructurings in the market, including Carl Zeiss Vision, Fantuzzi, Ferretti, Four Seasons Healthcare, VCST, Bavaria Yachtbau GmbH, Jost, Kion, TMD Friction, Almatis, La Seda de Barcelona, Panrico and Metrovacesa, a number of which mandates remain active.

The Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer restructuring and insolvency team is ranked in the top tiers of  Chambers, Legal 500 and  IFLR 1000 and was declared the Institute For Turnaround’s Legal Adviser of the Year in both 2008 and 2009.

For more information, please check out the restructuring pages of Freshfields' website.