Ethan A. Klingsberg

Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Ethan A. Klingsberg

Ethan A. Klingsberg

Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Biography

Ethan A. Klingsberg’s practice comprises corporate, public company board of directors, M&A and SEC matters.

He has been repeatedly named a “BTI Client Service All-Star” based on the survey of general counsels of the Fortune 1000, and “Most Valuable Practitioner” in M&A, as well as having been selected, for a number of different assignments, as Dealmaker of the Year, Dealmaker of the Week and Dealmaker in the Spotlight by The American Lawyer and The Deal, and as a recipient of the Burton Award for Legal Achievement for writing on fiduciary duties. He is recognized as one of the country’s leading corporate lawyers in every major guide.

Ethan has helped a number of companies prevail against, manage and work constructively with “activist stockholders,” including in scenarios where these stockholders have board seats, are seeking board seats and do not have board seats. Experience includes responding to Brave Warrior, Corvex, Duquesne, Elliott, Franklin Mutual, Harbinger, Icahn, JANA, Paulson, Pershing Square, Relational, Starboard and Trian. For this and other work on behalf of clients, his former firm was ranked in Tier 1 for Shareholder Activism: Advice to Boards by The Legal 500 U.S.

Previously, he clerked for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, served as Counselor to Chief Justice László Sólyom of the Hungarian Constitutional Court, and developed and participated in law reform projects in Eastern Europe under the auspices of the Soros Foundation and, later, Central European University.

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Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Education
J.D.
Class of 1989

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

B.A., magna cum laude
Class of 1985

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

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Book Reviews and Comments Editor
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The Yale Law Journal is published eight times a year (monthly from October through June, excluding February) by The Yale Law Journal Company, Inc. Editorial and general offices are located in the Sterling Law Building at Yale University.

Career History
Partner
2019 - Current

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP provides legal services. The law firm specializes in business law & advises corporations, financial institutions, and governments around the world. Its practice areas include antitrust & competition, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, tax, employment, real estate, intellectual property, and dispute resolution. The company was founded on August 1, 2000 and is headquartered in London, UK.

Partner
1994 - 2019

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP is an international law firm that provides legal services to clients. The company serves multinational corporations, international financial institutions, sovereign governments and their agencies, and domestic corporations and financial institutions. The company was founded in 1946 and it is headquartered in New York, NY.

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United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (in case citations, S.D.N.Y.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the Southern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers.

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2018

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

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2016

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

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The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

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Awards & Honors
2012
BTI Consulting Group - Client Service All-Stars
2011
Law360 - Most Valuable Practitioner, Mergers and Acquisitions
2007
Burton Award for Legal Achievement
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