careers / Associates Freshfields Associates Excellent legal advice in an international environment. Careers / Associates Your path to Freshfields Whether you join as a lawyer or a recent graduate: We offer exciting career opportunities that match your individual educational level and professional background. We want you to make valuable contributions to the success of the excellent work we do for our clients. If you are interested in fascinating and challenging cases and would like to become part of our international team, find out more about how you can start your own career at Freshfields! Internship for Legal Consultants & Summer Law Students Put into practice what you have learned so far and explore the daily business of a major international law firm. LEARN MORE Associate As an associate, you will demonstrate your ability to work independently in contact with clients. We provide support with a tailor-made development programme. LEARN MORE challenge today You make our firm. challenge today Excellent and not too serious. challenge today Connected globally. Careers/Associates Our practice areas In each of our seven internationally active practice areas, you will work with experienced colleagues on the most demanding cases. Step by step, you will become familiar with the key elements of your particular area of expertise. For your career and further education, you will benefit from specialised training on current developments in case law as well as attending international conferences. Antitrust Competition & Trade Antitrust Competition & Trade Our antitrust team, one of Brussels’ largest, is widely regarded as a leader at EU and domestic levels. With almost three decades of experience, we deliver cutting-edge advice on the competition law aspects of the most complex M&A deals, commercial practices and market structures. We are specialists in regulated industries, international trade and all essential aspects of cartel, antitrust and competition law. We advise on merger controls, antitrust investigations, competition restrictions, trade agreements, state aid and public procurement procedures. Clients also turn to us for advice on globally co-ordinated strategies for large-scale transactions and antitrust investigations, as well as on the growing risk of follow-on litigation. Corporate M&A Corporate M&A We are known for our expertise in cross-border M&A transactions, acting for large Belgian and international corporates as well as private equity players. At the forefront of legal developments in the areas of corporate, finance and tax law, we are also considered ‘a strong choice for advisory work’ by major corporate clients, including listed companies. We provide our clients with broad and innovative specialist and industry know-how on all major challenges in corporate law. Our main areas of expertise include public takeovers and private company acquisitions, restructuring and transformation, equity and securities issues, litigation, private equity, financial services, investment funds, joint ventures and insurance. The corporate team works closely with lawyers in our competition, litigation, people and reward, finance and tax groups to solve multifaceted issues. Dispute Resolution Dispute Resolution Our main areas of expertise in dispute resolution include Belgian and international corporate and private equity clients as well as financial institutions on cross-border and domestic disputes, white collar crime and regulatory investigations. Finance Finance Our finance team advises on complex transactions and provides innovative solutions, calling on its significant experience on the financial investment market. We advise banks and financial service providers on all corporate law issues. In addition, we provide specialist know-how to support our clients in structured asset financing, restructuring and reorganization as well as in real estate, energy and infrastructure projects. Financial issues arise in most transactions that we handle. As a result, our finance lawyers work closely with our corporate team on M&A deals, and with our litigation team on financial disputes and bankruptcy proceedings. They also work very closely with our tax and competition teams, benefiting from the latter’s technical expertise in the digital economy and the fintechs. People and Reward People and Reward Our People & Reward lawyers work side by side with our clients to deliver excellent practical, innovative and commercial legal advice across all the full spectrum of challenges such as advancing technology, the increasing impact of AI and digitalisation on the traditional workforce, the changing demands of millennials on employers, new ways of working and the “agile advance”. The range of our advice covers all aspects of collective and individual labour law, such as employee and corporate co-determination, appointment and dismissal of board members, pension structures and employee participation models, or corporate governance issues relating to the payment of executives. Real estate law Real estate law Our team advise domestic and international investors, real estate developers, financial institutions and public-sector clients on all aspects of real estate and infrastructure investments. Tax Tax Our tax team acts on major national and international transactional, advisory and contentious matters. In a broad-ranging practice, the team advises corporate clients, financial institutions, investment banks and public authorities on Belgian and international tax issues, including financial instruments, bank taxation, international acquisition structures and structured finance. Careers/Associates Knowledge In the digital environment, the transfer of knowledge is essential for consulting companies. Our professional knowledge management takes this into account. Knowledge Lawyer / Senior Knowledge Lawyer Knowledge Lawyer / Senior Knowledge Lawyer As a Knowledge Lawyer, you are responsible for the further development of best practice knowledge in your practice group and thus contribute to improving the quality and efficiency of our work for clients. You work closely with partners and associates, and channel practice-related know-how in your area of expertise. To do this, you can rely on your professional excellence whilst always keeping an eye on current legal developments. For our work as Knowledge Lawyers, we seek fully qualified lawyers with honours degrees, business fluency in English, and professional experience as a lawyer in the relevant field. The position requires initiative, communication skills, team spirit and an enjoyment of taking innovative approaches. At the same time, the position will give you the freedom to implement your own ideas and will allow you to work flexibly with attractive benefits.