US: Freshfields hires Cleary team led by M&A Pro

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has hired a team of corporate lawyers from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, led by dealmaker Ethan Klingsberg, as it seeks to make new inroads in the US mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market.

Klingsberg, whose clients include retailer Lowe’s Companies, telecommunications giant Verizon and Google owner Alphabet, will lead Freshfields’ US M&A practice, the firm said in a statement on Friday, October 25.

“Ethan Klingsberg is an excellent M&A lawyer, he is balanced and thoughtful. Clients love him and have been very loyal to him,” said Evercore Partners senior managing director Greg Lee, who has worked alongside Klingsberg advising corporate clients, as well as on assignments involving Lee’s investment bank. 

Following Klingsberg from Cleary to Freshfields are corporate litigation and securities lawyer Meredith Kotler, corporate governance and capital markets lawyer Pamela Marcogliese, and M&A lawyer Paul Tiger. 

The hires represent the latest push for Freshfields, which has been primarily a European corporate law firm, to build US market share.

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