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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Philip Richter

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Corporate, mergers and acquisitions, private acquisitions and private equity, corporate governance


Corporate partner; co-head of M&A practice. Represents clients in M&A transactions involving public and private companies; spin-offs, split-off and other business separation transactions; unsolicited proposals and proxy fights; strategic partnerships and joint ventures and minority investments. Advises on corporate governance issues, defensive strategy, and securities law compliance. Frequently represents investment banks serving in a financial advisory role.


Mr. Richter joined Fried Frank in 1994 and became a partner in 2002.


Mr. Richter is a member of the Board of Editors for The M&A Lawyer, the American Bar Association and the Advisory Board for


Mr. Richter received his JD from Columbia Law School in 1994, James Kent Scholar, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, John M. Olin Law and Economics Fellow, and, his BA from Yeshiva University in 1991, magna cum laude.

United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is ‘one of the premier New York M&A shops’, is ‘one of the top M&A firms in the country’ and is ‘involved in some of the most significant deals around’, according to clients. It is praised for its ‘tremendous service’ and ‘unfailingly excellent, always-responsive, thoughtful and creative, and business-sensitive legal advice’, and for is ‘deep bench of experts’ who ‘understand clients’ businesses’. It continues to underline its credentials in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, real estate and media sectors, and looks after clients such as Aleris Corporation, Ascential, Ctalent, Coach, Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Humana, Koch Industries and Morgans Hotel Group. It advised Sinclair Broadcast Group on its $6.89bn acquisition of Tribune Media Company, and represented Knight Transportation in its $6bn all-stock merger with Swift Transportation Company. The firm has ‘tremendous partners’, including Philip Richter, who is ‘a very knowledgeable M&A lawyer’ and ‘the best I have used’, according to one client. Robert Schwenkel is another leader in M&A and private equity, and Christopher Ewan, Steven Steinman and Washington DC’s Brian Mangino are other pivotal members of the practice. Steven Epstein and Matthew Soran are ‘extremely responsive, deeply knowledgeable about M&A, are willing to work through difficult subjects and are creative in addressing problems’.

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