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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

41 LOTHBURY, LONDON, EC2R 7HF, ENGLAND
Frankfurt, London, New York, Washington DC

London: Corporate and commercial

EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

The 'very strategic'¬†Tobias Caspary¬†heads up the EU, antitrust and competition practice at¬†Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP,¬†which has ‚Äėsuperb merger control lawyers‚Äô who are ‚Äėeasy to work with and always keen to find pragmatic solutions‚Äô. Caspary acted as counsel to Francisco Partners on the sale of a minority interest in the BluJay Solutions Group to Temasek and worked with Novelis on its establishment of a joint venture with Kobe Steel in South Korea, on which he was assisted by associates¬†Neda Moussavi¬†and¬†Max K√ľttner¬†.¬†¬†The practice assists an impressive list of private equity clients including AEA Investors, New Mountain Capital and HPS Investment Partners, as well as working for big name corporates including Jacobs Engineering, Google and Tapestry.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

Benefiting from 'real depth' in the private equity/ funds/ asset management space, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP displays an 'incredible depth of knowledge in the sector and a real understanding of the commercial issues at play'. Praised for his ability to 'cut through the uncertainty of new regulation',team head Gregg Beechey has an 'exceptional knowledge of regulatory compliance matters and their application to asset managers'. The 'commercially minded' Beechey provides 'very practical and concise advice on the steps needed to ensure compliance' with key regulatory issues impacting the funds industry including on AIFMD matters.  Clients include Bain Capital, BlackRock and Goldman Sachs.

Leading individuals

Gregg Beechey - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 4

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP 's corporate team in London is headed by Dan Oates ,  who is noted primarily for his expertise in private equity M&A transactions. Highlight projects of this nature saw Oates advise longstanding client Francisco Partners on the sale of a minority interest in BluJay Solutions and handle 3i Infrastructure’s acquisition of a portfolio of assets from EISER Global Infrastructure Fund. Away from private equity, Oates has also acted for global information company Ascential on its acquisition of Clavis Insight for $219m and represented Genesys Telecommunications in its acquisition of Silver Lining Solutions.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď high-value deals - ranked: tier 5

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP's advice to megafund and midmarket sponsors on their most important private equity transactions is a cornerstone of its impressive wider, end-to-end funds offering. Dan Oates leads the London private equity team, which is active in both mid and large-cap transactions, and leverages the firm's strengths in ancillary areas (including tax and competition) to cover the full range of issues on complex deals. In addition to acting for clients on a standalone basis, the group also counts on the support of practitioners based in the US and Germany. In 2017, Oates co-led a cross-office team, which acted for longstanding client AEA Investors in its acquisition of Excelitas Technologies from Veritas Capital. Oates was also among the advisers to Francisco Partners on the sale of a minority interest in BluJay Solutions Group to Temasek. In the mid-cap space, a recent highlight involved Oates and special counsel Simon Saitowitz (who was hired from Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP in 2017) acting for Onex Corporation and portfolio company sgsco in the acquisition of Diadeis. The firm also acts for clients such as 3i Group Plc, HPS Investment Partners, Dyal Capital and KKR. 

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

The 'professional, reliable and responsive' Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP is 'a great practice to work with, due to its legal expertise, dedication and availability, and it spends time understanding the details of a case'. The firm's London-based international disputes practice includes litigation, fraud and white-collar crime, international arbitration and regulatory matters; and it is well known for freezing injunction cases within the UK market. It represented Sberbank in a successful challenge against an application made to the High Court by the International Bank of Azerbaijan (the IBA), pursuant to which the IBA sought an order for a permanent moratorium against creditor action in England and Wales. James Kitching is 'a first-rate litigator and very good at strategically driving a case forward', and Justin Michaelson is also highly rated. The senior associates to note are Leigh Mallon, who 'efficiently manages large, complex cross-border cases', the 'excellent future star' Shivani Sanghi, and Duncan Saunders.

Leading individuals

James Kitching - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Leigh Mallon - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP is 'commercial and responsive and the quality of its legal advice is second to none'. The practice's scope includes banking and financial services disputes; cases involving Russia and former CIS countries; and joint venture and breach of warranty claims. James Kitching is 'knowledgeable, instils trust and confidence and is very commercial' and Justin Michaelson is 'a lawyer in his own league who is absolutely focused and capable of handling various complex disputes'. The key senior associates are Leigh Mallon, who 'has strong strategic and analytical skills and knows what clients want', and Duncan Saunders.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP provides a 'thorough and commercial service' to borrowers and lenders across the spectrum of the capital structure, often in the context of cross-border transactions. Although the firm lost Stuart Brinkworth to Mayer Brown International LLP, it still has several practitioners based in London who have a significant acquisition finance focus, including the 'very pragmatic' Johns Lehmann. Recent highlights include advising Permira Debt Managers on the £46m financing of MML Capital Partners' acquisition of Computer Systems Integration Group.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 6

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

The 'exceptionally responsive and pragmatic' team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP provides an 'excellent service' to lenders and borrowers including HSBC, Goldman Sachs and Luxfer Holdings plc. The 'responsive and thoughtful' Jons Lehmann has a broad ranging practice which includes corporate lending, fund financing and acquisition finance. He recently advised Navios South American Logistics on its new $100m TLB facility. Former team head Stuart Brinkworth  joined Mayer Brown International LLP in June 2018.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds
Hedge funds - ranked: tier 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP  is 'a go-to firm for complex, high-value investments' and, for some, 'one of the best quality and most efficient firms'. The team handles fund formation and regulatory work for leading names in the business, advise on significant investments in hedge funds. David Selden is 'an utter star - he has extremely deep substantive experience, combined with an easy demeanour that makes negotiating the most potentially contentious points relatively easy; he doesn't try to show off but instead makes sure that clients get what they need in the most efficient way'. Clients include Goldman Sachs and BlackRock Investment Management, as well as leading European and North American institutional investors.

Leading individuals

David Selden - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

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Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP¬†has 'outstanding industry knowledge and deep expertise'. Mark Mifsud¬†advises Bain Capital on various fund formation projects, including Bain Capital Europe Fund V and the European elements of forming Bain Capital Fund XII, which closed with $9.4bn of commitments. Mifsud and Kate Downey, who now heads the practice following Mifsud's assumption of the London managing partner role, advised BlueBay Asset Management on forming a senior loan fund with a total of ‚ā¨3bn - also on the debt theme, Mifsud and David Christmas, who was elected to the partnership in February 2018, advised cornerstone client Permira on forming Permira Credit Solutions III, which raised ‚ā¨1.7bn at its final closing. In infrastructure, Downey advised iCON Infrastructure on forming its fifth fund, which hit its hard cap of ‚ā¨1.2bn at its first and final close. Venture capital highlights include Mifsud advising Balderton Capital on raising a target-beating $375m fund investing in European companies at early stages. As far as secondaries transactions are concerned, the firm also advised 3i Infrastructure on its purchase of a portfolio of assets from EISER Global Infrastructure Fund, which required the creation of a new ¬£700m vehicle. Gregg Beechey¬† is a key regulatory contact. Other clients include Palatine Private Equity, Cairngorm Capital Partners, and well-known European institutional investors. Alexandra Conroy has left private practice, while¬†Sam Wilson¬†is a new partner hire from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he was a counsel.

Leading individuals

Kate Downey - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

Mark Mifsud - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (London) LLP

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