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Freshfields Adds Tech IPO Lawyer Hill in Silicon Valley Office

May 16, 2022, 10:00 AM

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is adding Silicon Valley capital markets lawyer Andrew Hill as the UK-founded firm continues to make inroads in the US.

Hill joins from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he was a partner. He was part of teams that advised Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors Inc. on its $178 million initial public offering, as well as handling rideshare company Lyft’s $2.3 billion IPO and mobile gaming firm AppLovin Corp.'s $2 billion deal to go public.

Freshfields has been aggressively expanding in the US over the last several years, opting to forego the merger route in favor of targeted hiring in key markets. Hill is the 38th partner the firm has added in the US since 2018, according to the firm.

“Freshfields has assembled a top-notch team across the U.S. and globally,” he said in an interview. “The opportunity to join the team and give my clients access to the talent and the breadth is irresistible,” he said.

The firm made a splash by landing Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton rainmaker Ethan Klingsberg in 2019. More recently, it has added added Cravath Swaine & Moore mergers and acquisitions partner Damien Zoubek and Manhattan prosecutor Timothy Howard in New York.

In Silicon Valley, where the firm opened an office in July 2020, Freshfields has added Morrison & Foerster data privacy partner Christine Lyon and cybersecurity lawyer Brock Dahl, a former deputy general counsel at the National Security Agency.

Hill joined Wilson Sonsini in 2008 and in 2013 jumped to Goodwin Procter before rejoining Wilson Sonsini five years later. He has advised on financing rounds for CloudWalk, Humu, Podium, PortalOne and Uniphore, among other clients.

Hill is “a leader” of what the firm is trying to do, which is serve life sciences clients across their life cycle, geographies and subject matters, said Sarah Solum, who in August was named Freshfields’ US managing partner.

Solum was a founding partner in Freshfields’ Silicon Valley office, joining from Davis Polk & Wardwell, along with several other partners, including Wilson Sonsini securities litigator Boris Feldman.

“We’re playing the long game,” Solum said, “and we’re investing in people and subject areas that we think matter most to our clients.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Meghan Tribe in New York at mtribe@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com; John Hughes at jhughes@bloombergindustry.com