Local Offices: Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai
Offices: 27 offices in 15 countries
Staff in China: 190 legal professionals
Worldwide: 437 partners, 2,742 associates
What they do
Freshfields is commonly known as one of the 'magic circle' firms, and its Hong Kong office forms a crucial link in this elite international firm's network. The office divides its work into five practice areas: antitrust, competition and trade; corporate; dispute resolution; finance; and IP/IT. In a recent highlight deal, it advised a group of 18 underwriters including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and UBS, on the USD2.5 billion IPO of Cinda Asset Management.
What our sources say about the team:
"I have worked with Freshfields for many years. They are the best choice because of their professional abilities, valuable advice, understanding of challenges and attention to detail."
Seats: Up to 7 seats, including mandatory 6 months corporate, 3 months finance
Secondments: Beijing, Shanghai (3 months in either), London (6 months)
TC Application Date: To be confirmed
Sponsorship: Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)
Training Contracts per Year: 10
When? June, July, August, January
How long? 4 weeks
Vac scheme deadlines: end of March 2015 for summer programmes in 2015; end of April 2014 for winter program in 2014.
Guaranteed TC Interview: no
Method of Application: Online application form; upload CV, university transcripts and 850 word personal statement.
Interview Procedure: Interview in office or by video conference, along with verbal, numerical and logical reasoning tests.
What they're looking for
Proven academic ability is essential, along with strong analytical skills, sound commercial awareness, creativity and flexibility. Candidates will also be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills.
2.1 or higher from a Common law jurisdiction. Proficiency in Mandarin or Cantonese is highly desirable.