Freddie New

Freddie New

Senior Consultant



Freddie’s career began at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before the financial crisis and continued at the US law firm Ropes & Gray. He has many years of experience advising on a wide variety of corporate matters, ranging from deals with listed companies and private equity M&A, to special situations, restructuring and insolvencies, to his most recent focus on new and emerging companies in their start-up and growth phases.


Recent relevant experience includes:

  • Eighteen months spent in-house at a high growth fintech start-up.
  • Acting as go-to counsel for the founder of an emerging manufacturing start-up.
  • Representing SMEs and founders in relation to fundraising, exit and liquidity events, and any number of corporate advisory issues in between.
  • Acting for a diverse range of PE clients, investment funds, and listed corporates in relation to acquisitions, disposals, ECM transactions, debt and equity restructurings and corporate rescues, takeovers and IPOs.

Fine Print

Key Practices

Corporate, M&A, restructuring.

Education and Training

University of Cambridge (Queens’ College, MA Hons); BPP Law School (London)


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (2007 to 2012 inclusive), Ropes & Gray (2013 to 2018 inclusive); Curve (fintech startup, part time in house FTC, October 2019 to February 2020)


Founder member and current Trustee of the Ex Fide Fiducia Trust, which raises funds for underprivileged students hoping to attend one of the premier schools in Harare, Zimbabwe; Secretary (Kew Riverside Primary School PTA); previously Chair and board member of the Barn Education Association Limited.

A social cause I care about

Education, particularly at the primary and pre-primary level. If we get it right then, we have a fighting chance of getting all the following steps right as well (or at least not quite as wrong).

Other interests

Gorilla Conservation (via the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund). Keen rugby player in a former life; still a keen gym-goer when work and children permit.

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