Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP > Washington DC, United States > Firm Profile

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
801, 17TH STREET, NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20006
United States

Finance > Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP‘s practice runs across transactional and regulatory issues associated with derivatives and futures, including over-the-counter, exchange-traded and cleared products, in addition to repurchase agreements and matters such as equity and foreign exchange prime brokerage agreements. The group is led from New York by seasoned derivatives lawyer Robert McLaughlin, who has noted expertise in over-the-counter derivatives and cleared swaps. Also in New York, David Mitchell takes the lead for commodities, futures and derivatives deals; while Darren Littlejohn is most known for advising on regulatory reforms impacting the derivatives and financial markets. In Washington DC, William Breslin sits in the asset management department and is an expert in commodities work. New York-based Ray Shirazi, who has a broad practice and is increasing active in relation to digital assets, joined from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in March 2022, as did Steven Lofchie.

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Testimonials

‘Practical problem solving – grounded in a real understanding of business priorities and needs. I feel that they understand the commercial drivers for what I want to accomplish and that helps them deliver superior service.’

‘Darren Littlejohn has a real understanding of commercial drivers for what we want to accomplish and that keeps him steps ahead of other partners at other firms. He’s able to translate clearly what legal issues may mean in practice – boil things down to the essence, and offer ways to mitigate them. The time he spent in house is really additive .’

‘Highly responsive; encyclopaedic knowledge of regulatory precedent and guidance; commercially minded but judicious.’

‘We work principally with David Mitchell. He is one of the most knowledgeable derivatives attorneys that I know. He has a small number of associates that work with him that, while not as experienced, are extremely responsive.’

‘David Mitchell is one of the most knowledgeable, and practical, derivatives attorneys that we work with.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Brookfield Asset Management

Merck

Humana

EJF Capital

Grupo Televisa

Global Holdings Management Group

Invesco

Liquid Telecommunications

Morgan Stanley

Onex Corporation

Oxford Properties Group

Neuberger Berman

PIMCO

Permira Advisers

T-Mobile

Tudor Investment Corp.

Under Armour

BlueBay Asset Management

New Senior Investment Group

Investment fund formation and management > Alternative/hedge funds Tier 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP ‘s highly regarded alternative investments offering, which works in close conjunction with the firm’s much lauded wider asset management department, is known for advising the largest and most sophisticated participants in the hedge fund and alternative investments industry; the team is no stranger to running as many as 50 projects at a time for clients such as Goldman Sachs and BlackRock. In addition to remaining highly active in core fund formation work, the group is also continually growing its hedge fund-related transactional capabilities, and its fund-of-funds expertise. Recommended attorneys in the New York office include practice founder and head Lawrence Barshay, securities regulation specialist Jessica Forbes and new arrival Russel Perkins, who joined from Dechert LLP in March 2021, and brings significant corporate know-how the role. Washington DC is another key location in terms of funds capabilities – Walid Khuri and Bradford Lucas are the names to note there. In March 2022 the New York team also gained Dorothy Mehta, previously practice head at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

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Key clients

Angel Oak Capital

Bain Capital

Bank of New York

BlackRock

Bridger Capital

Brookfield Asset Management

D. E. Shaw

EJF Capital

Fortress Investment Group

Goldman Sachs

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

J.P. Morgan

Millennium Partners

Morgan Stanley

Neuberger Berman

ORIX Corporation USA

PAAMCO Prisma

PDT Partners

Point72 Asset Management

Redbird Capital Partners

ShoreBridge Capital Partners

Tavistock Group

Third Point LLC

Tudor Investment Corporation

WAFRA

Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP continues to stand out as a legal powerhouse in the US and global private equity and closed-end funds market; the offering is noted both for its extensive technical structuring expertise and its ‘deep industry knowledge‘ across a breadth of asset classes. The firm is also active in the funds-related transactional space, where it advises on acquisitions of asset management companies, seed and stake transactions, funds-of funds, spin-outs, restructurings, and GP-led secondaries. Kenneth Rosh – who is singled out by one client as the ‘consummate leader in this market‘ – heads up the private equity funds group, while Lawrence Barshay, the founder and head of the asset management practice, ‘continues to innovate and serve as a thought partner for clients working through complex solutions‘. These leading team members, both based in New York, welcomed a number of recognized senior practitioners throughout 2021 – Rami Turayhi and Russel Perkins arrived from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Dechert LLP, respectively, with Jeffrey Schatz re-joining from Kirkland & Ellis LLP. This office also fields recommended junior partner Jeremy Berry. Over in Washington DC, Rebecca Neuschatz Zelenka and ‘brilliant negotiatorRichard Ansbacher are the key contacts.

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Testimonials

‘Depth of experience in the private equity, real estate and private credit markets. Incredibly responsive and innovative when it comes to structuring private funds across multiple jurisdictions. Firm maintains extensive, anonymized database allowing for a proprietary perspective on fund terms and structure.’

‘Kenneth Rosh has a great feel for market developments and delivers a “whole firm” approach. Lawrence Barshay continues to innovate and serve as a thought partner for clients working through complex solutions. Associate team is responsive, hard working and completely self-sufficient. Great teams and capable of staffing in a diverse manner.’

‘Extremely strong talent in depth. Very commercial approach. Deep industry knowledge.’

‘Kenneth Rosh is the consummate leader in this market. He is pragmatic and commercial and is a rainmaker for the firm. Stands out in the market for his legal acumen combined with commercial judgment.’

Richard Ansbacher is an extremely capable lawyer. He is understated but a brilliant negotiator. Knows the market very well.

Key clients

Angelo Gordon

Apollo Global Management, Apollo Global Real Estate Management & Apollo Credit Management

Ares Capital

Argand Partners

Bain Capital

BentallGreenOak

BlackRock

Brookfield Asset Management

Concord Pacific/Paragon Real Estate

Conversant Capital

CVC Credit Partners

Dyal Capital Partners / Dyal Advisors (subsidiaries of Blue Owl Capital)

Exeter Property Group

Footpath Ventures

Fortress Investment Group

Goldman Sachs

HPS Investment Partners

King Street Capital

L+M Development Partners

Madison Realty Capital

MetLife Investment Management

Morgan Stanley

MSD Partners

Neuberger Berman

ONEX

PIMCO

Permira and Permira Credit

Power Corporation of Canada

Prospect Ridge Advisors

RedBird Capital Partners

Satter Management Company

Sixth Street Partners

Square Mile Capital Management

StepStone Group

Real estate > Land use/zoning Tier 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a renowned presence in New York City land use and zoning law, currently advising on major projects in the city from the acquisition phase through obtaining permits and navigating the development process, as well as managing the city’s complex regulatory landscape. Development expert Melanie Meyers leads the practice with support from head of the wider real estate department, Jonathan Mechanic. ‘By far one of the best and most qualified zoning lawyers in New York‘, Carol Rosenthal is a go-to attorney for planning involving thorny political and regulatory issues, and of counsel Stephen Lefkowitz is another senior figure focused on large-scale projects. Zachary Bernstein‘s practice is land use focused and he represents clients including private developers, not-for-profits, and religious organizations, while David Karnovsky is another name to note, drawing on professional experience at the New York City Department of City Planning prior to joining the firm. Special counsel Wesley O’Brien advises leading real estate owners and developers, lenders and cultural institutions, and Ellen Lehman is one of a strong pool of associates assisting with the development potential of sites, negotiating rights transfers and obtaining land use approvals.

Testimonials

‘There are only a few truly well qualified zoning lawyers in New York City, and Carol Rosenthal is by far at the top of this list. New York City’s zoning laws are so complicated. A wrong interpretation can be catastrophic. We do very complicated deals and would only use Carol and her team, because we know we can rely on her expertise to guide us in the right direction.’

‘Carol Rosenthal is by far one of the best and most qualified zoning lawyers in New York. What makes her stand out is her knowledge of the code, and more importantly her ability to determine the intent of various provisions and how that impacts the interpretation of various sections. This knowledge base is keenly important when determining pricing of land, or massing of our projects.’

Real estate Tier 1

Industry powerhouse Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a wealth of experience advising on acquisition and disposition of single assets and portfolios, mortgage, REITs, leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants, environmental issues and land use and development. Department chair Jonathan Mechanic is sought after by developers, owners, investors, REITs, and lenders in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. For commercial leasing and development mandates, Michael Werner, Laurinda Martins and ‘exceptional‘ Washington DC based Valerie Kelly, are all recommended partners. ‘Talented and multifaceted’ Fiona Kelly and associate Alexander Sutherland are likewise recommended for clients investing in overseas markets. All lawyers are based in New York.

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Testimonials

‘Fried Frank is a powerhouse in the real estate space in the US and more so than ever in the UK. They have an extremely deep bench and they see all sides of real estate and know what is market. ‘

‘We work with Fiona Kelly, who is one of the most talented and multifaceted real estate lawyers. We are able to work on transactions and leverage her multi-jurisdictional talents (which is a rarity) with ease and seamlessly. She is clearly one of Fried Frank’s most talented lawyers, a rare combination of intelligence, both intellectual and emotional. She manages transactions with a steady hand and coolness, that facilitate deal-making.’

‘Valerie Kelly is exceptional to work with on leasing transactions. They are able to build a strong rapport with all parties involved and are able to negotiate strong positions for their clients. Their pragmatism and depth of transactional experience is not just noticed by their clients, but also by their counterparties.’

‘Michael Werner – He is my go to for anything complicated and an all around smart and commercial lawyer. Mike has great relationships to other firms we regularly negotiate against, which makes our transactions more efficient.’

‘Fiona Kelly provides practical advice on the most complex of transactions. She is incredibly responsive. And she excels at managing the various Fried Frank disciplines in order to provide seamless service.’

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Instructed by numerous leading corporations and financial institutions, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is highly capable in the full gamut of tax matters, including real estate transaction structuring, capital markets deals, and multi-billion dollar fund formations in both the private equity and hedge fund arenas. The team is jointly led by the Washington DC-based Alan Kaden, a renowned corporate transactional tax expert, and New York-based David Shapiro, who routinely assists both private equity and mezzanine funds in both financing and deal-based matters. DC-based Michael Alter‘s broad federal income tax practice spans acquisitions, reorganizations, as well as debt and equity securities offerings, while Michelle Gold concentrates on fund sponsors in private equity and hedge fund formations. Christopher Roman is recommended for his knowledge of alternative investment funds and funds-related M&A, including REITs. Joseph Fox routinely advises on capital markets, financings, and derivatives transactions, while Libin Zhang largely focuses on REITs and sovereign wealth funds. DC-based Shane Hoffmann has a wide-ranging practice that notably includes partnership taxation and international tax planning. All named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise. Washington DC-based Jason Schwartz, who routinely advises various financial services players, including banks and insurers, on the tax considerations regarding CLOs, REMICs, and private equity funds, joined from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in March 2022.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent problem solving skills and super abilities to explain tax concepts and issues to the uninitiated.’

‘Eli Weiss is my hero.’

‘The tax team is excellent. They are knowledgeable and up to date all the the tax law changes. They are also very responsive, wonderful communicators, and problem solvers. They look to do the work in the most efficient matter possible, while getting their clients the best results.’

‘We work closely with Alan Kaden and Shane Hoffman. What makes them great to work with is they are comfortable and knowledgeable about all tax subject matter. Also, a lot of other firms know them them, so they bring instant credibility.’

‘Technically proficient, well resourced, proactive, and dedicated.’

‘Mike Alter is humble and collaborative.’

‘Very creative, down-to-earth, reliable, and tenacious in their client representation.’

‘We really enjoy working with Mike Alter and Alan Kaden. They have such a deep knowledge of tax and our industry.’

Key clients

AEA Investors

Apollo Management LP

Bain Capital

BlackRock

Blackstone

Blue Yonder

Brookfield Asset Management

Dyal Capital / Blue Owl Capital

Extended Stay America

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Humana Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corporation

LumiraDx

Morgan Stanley

Neuberger Berman

Permira

ProQuest

RedBird Capital Partners

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

T-Mobile

Tradeweb Markets Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising ProQuest in its pending acquisition by Clarivate plc from a sellers group led by Cambridge Information Group and two large private equity firms with a transaction value of $5.3bn.
  • Advised Blue Yonder and selling shareholders New Mountain Capital and Blackstone in the $8.5bn sale of Blue Yonder to Panasonic Corporation.
  • Advised RedBird Capital Partners on several engagements, including its investment into Fenway Sports Group alongside LeBron James and Maverick Carter.

Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s white-collar defense, regulatory enforcement and investigations team was bolstered in the winter of 2020 with the arrival of Geoffrey Berman from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; he now heads the team alongside Washington DC’s James Wareham. The practice is well known for its representation of individuals and also acts for large corporations on investigations brought by the government and various regulatory authorities, as well as on compliance matters and risk management. Berman is a former federal prosecutor with experience in sanctions, white-collar crime, securities and commodities fraud, and money laundering cases. Wareham and Stephen Juris are both names to note for litigation and investigations. Ilan Graff joined and senior counsel Audrey Strauss re-joined from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in January 2022. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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Testimonials

‘Attention to details and proven results.’

‘Evan Barr is incredible in every aspect of his job.’

Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

The M&A litigation practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is ‘highly insightful, thorough, collaborative, communicative and strategic‘, noted for its strategy of bringing litigators into the deal structure process early to work with the transactional team, and also defends actions relating to M&A in which the firm was did not act as deal counsel. Global chair of litigation James Warehamin Washington DC and New York-based co-chairs of securities & shareholder litigation Scott Luftglass and Peter Simmons are the lead partners. Also in New York, Geoffrey Berman, formerly of the US Attorney’s Office, has ‘extensive history in public service and private matters and great insight‘. For Apollo Global Management, Luftglass successfully secured the dismissal defense of a case challenging the $2.1bn acquisition of Presidio by BC Partners.

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Testimonials

‘Highly insightful, thorough, collaborative, communicative and strategic.’

‘Geoff Berman – extensive history in public service and private matters; great insight. Scott Luftglass – strong relationship builder and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Seritage Growth Properties

Apollo Global Management

Current and former directors of Xerox Holdings Corporation

Quality Distribution, Inc.

JPMorgan Securities LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Seritage Growth Properties in a US$1 billion fraudulent conveyance litigation relating to the formation of Seritage and the accompanying rights offering.
  • Representing Apollo Global Management in connection with a proposed US$2.1 billion sale a portfolio company.
  • Representing current and former directors of Xerox Holdings Corporation (Xerox), a Fortune 500 international workspace technology company, company, securing a full dismissal of all claims asserted in two stockholder actions filed in the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court.

Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is praised as ‘strategic, insightful, knowledgeable, collaborative, communicative and proactive‘, and acts for represents companies, financial institutions, special committees, special litigation committees, and officers and directors in cases filed in state and federal courts throughout the country. A standout case from 2021 saw the firm represent Under Armour and members of its board in a consolidated securities class action alleging that the company concealed that it was experiencing a host of sales problems. James Wareham in Washington DC, who led that matter, is global chair of litigation, while Scott Luftglass, who is ‘strong and extremely capable in his field’ and Peter Simmons in New York are co-chairs of securities and shareholder litigation. Simmons and Luftglass recently settled a claim against Evoqua Water Technologies in a class action and derivative actions alleging misrepresentations in the company’s IPO registration statement and subsequent announcements concerning its earnings and growth strategy. Also in New York, former US Attorney Geoffrey Berman ‘has deep industry experience‘ and key partner Israel Davidis ‘a top-notch litigator, knowledgeable, patient and clear‘.

Testimonials

‘Strategic, insightful, knowledgeable, collaborative, communicative, proactive.’

‘Geoff Berman – deep industry experience as a former US Attorney Scott Luftglass – strong and extremely capable in his field.’

‘Knowledgeable in all aspects of securities litigation. Good judgment brought to bear in all situations.’

‘Scott Luftglass and and others all are excellent.’

‘The Fried Frank litigation team has not lost a single case for us. Outstanding track record.’

‘Israel David is a top-notch litigator. Knowledgeable, patient, clear on his explanations and accessible around the clock. It is a privilege to work with him.’

Key clients

Under Armour

Perrigo Company

Evoqua Water Technologies

Seritage Growth Properties

Apollo Global Management

Current and Former Directors of Xerox Holdings Corporation

JPMorgan Securities LLC

Performance Shipping

Gregory Kelly, Former Representative Director of Nissan Motor Co.

Work highlights

  • Representing Under Armour, Inc. and members of its Board of Directors in connection with multiple securities class action and derivative litigation matters.
  • Representing Perrigo in connection with multiple securities litigation, commercial arbitration, and associated advisory matters relating to the company’s strategic acquisitions and earnings announcements.
  • Representing Evoqua Water Technologies, its board of directors and senior management in a stockholder class action “stock-drop” litigation brought in the Southern District of New York under federal securities laws, and related derivative litigations filed in the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP‘s lean but formidable practice has an outstanding record in big-ticket equity offerings, including IPOs and follow-on offerings, for major issuers and underwriters. It has strong connections to a range of corporate issuers, private equity funds and their portfolio companies and has been appointed as designated underwriters’ counsel to a range of new clients. Department head Daniel Bursky has earned accolades for his leadership on high-value IPOs and other equity offerings, and for his part in expanding the firm’s issuer and underwriter client base. Andrew Barkan and Mark Hayek are also versatile capital markets specialists with fine records in equity offerings.

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Other key lawyers:

Andrew Barkan; Mark Hayek; Joshua Coleman

Testimonials

‘Fried Frank does a lot of large equity deals and they are incredibly knowledgeable about the market and what terms borrowers and lenders should be negotiating. They are also great communicators that explain complicated terms clearly and help us make the best decisions.’

‘The individuals we work with are incredibly responsive and easy to understand. They also make every client feel like they are the most important.’

‘Responsive, collaborative, knowledgeable about current trends and best practices, business-savvy, good resource to review advice from bankers.’

 

Key clients

Aerie Pharmaceuticals

At Home

Broadstone Net Lease

Catalent

Emerald

Evoqua Water Technologies

Extended Stay

Goldman Sachs BDC

Harsco

Humana

KITS Eyecare

Lithia Motors

LivePerson

Merck

The Navios Group (and related entities)

Perrigo

RedBall Acquisition Corp.

Spanish Broadcasting System

Sterling Check Co.

Tapestry (f/k/a Coach)

T-Mobile

Tradeweb Markets

Under Armour

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters on Clarivate’s $1bn registered primary offering and secondary offering.
  • Advised Lithia Motors on a $1.15bn offering of Class A common stock and a concurrent $800m private placement of senior notes due 2029.
  • Advised the underwriters on PowerSchool Holdings’ $800m IPO; Powerschool is an Onex and Vista Partners portfolio company.

Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acts for private equity firms, as well as public and private companies across the healthcare, logistics, technology and financial services sectors, on a range of high-end transactions. The practice group counts AEA Investors, Onex Corporation and RedBall Acquisition among its key roster of clients. The New York-based team is led by Jeffrey Ross, who advises standalone and institutional hedge funds, and alternative asset managers, on structuring and compliance matters. Jason Ertel handles 409A and 457A deferred compensation mandates, while Amy Blackman advises clients on the employee benefits aspects of M&A transactions, and Donald Carleen is another key member of the team.

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Testimonials

‘Exceptional service, consistently provides sound legal advice, taking into account commercial and practical considerations. A go-to team for challenging issues requiring not only legal expertise but problem solving.’

‘Quick turnaround times and easily accessible.’

‘Jeffrey Ross and his team are outstanding. They provide well-reasoned legal advice and most importantly, offer solutions and alternatives to consider when dealing with a thorny legal issue. Extremely adept at tackling difficult and challenging legal questions.’

Key clients

First American Payment Systems

Permira Advisers

AEA Investors

Humana

Onex Corporation

ImmunityBio

Tradeweb Markets

ProQuest LLC

Blue Yonder / New Mountain / Blackstone

CVC Capital Partners

Ascential

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Extended Stay America, Inc.

Jacobs Engineering Group

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of At Home Group

W.R. Grace & Co.

Catalent, Inc.

Aptos, Inc.

RedBall Acquisition

Work highlights

  • Advising First American Payment Systems in its acquisition by Deluxe Corp. from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Stella Point Capital.
  • Advising a buyer consortium including Permira, Advent International Corporation, Crosspoint Capital partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC Private Limited, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, in the $14bn acquisition of McAfee Corporation.
  • Advising ProQuest in its acquisition by Clarivate from a sellers group led by Cambridge Information Group.

Real estate > Real estate finance Tier 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP‘s New York-based team, led by Michael Barker, maintains solid activity in first mortgage loans, construction financing, portfolio loans, mezzanine financings and loan restructuring. Having built up its real estate practice, Barker has established himself as a top advisor to the firms’ major clients, such as Blackstone, Starwood Property Trust and JPMorgan on all their lending transactions. Michael Vines specializes in advising syndicate and balance sheet lenders on development, construction, and transitional loans. Suzanne Decker, Nathaniel Lifschitz and Kabaye Liku are the other key partners for borrowers and lenders in mortgage, mezzanine, and preferred equity financings. Associate Matthew Bettinger also regularly counsels insurance companies and banks in construction financings.

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Testimonials

‘Exceptionally broad bench and vast breadth and depth of experience within the firm.’

‘Michael Barker is outstanding; Michael is a wealth of knowledge on complex construction loans and a master negotiator.’

‘They have the capability to handle the most complex of transactions, and a large enough bench to get things done on an accelerated schedule if necessary.’

‘All the members of the team that I have interacted with have been excellent. Of particular note is Kabaye Liku, who has worked on several long-lasting deals of ours. She always makes herself available for follow-up questions and modifications, no matter that she has a very busy practice.’

Antitrust > Merger control Tier 3

The team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP focuses on securing clearance for business-critical, often global deals facing significant regulatory scrutiny, including FTC Second Requests, DOJ oversight, and formal legal challenges, with a successful record in successfully closing deals without facing litigation. Led by former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Barry Nigro, who divides his time between New York and Washington DC, the team is adept in handling the rapidly shifting regulatory landscape, including changes to both horizontal and vertical merger guidelines, best reflected in its ongoing representation of ProQuest in the FTC Second Request to its acquisition by Clarivate, issued following the change in leadership at the FTC under the Biden administration. Nathaniel Asker is another key name within the team, handling FTC and DOJ oversight of high-value deals for clients such as CVC Capital Partners, for whom he secured clearance for their $640m sale of Kount to Equifax, and Blackrock. Senior counsel Aleksandr Livshits continues to bolster his growing reputation within the space, handling complex cross-border merger investigations and representing a diverse range of corporate clients before antitrust authorities. Lawyers are in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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Testimonials

‘Barry Nigro is fabulous.’

‘No one compares to Barry Nigro in terms of goodwill and getting the benefit of the doubt at the enforcement authorities. He’s also a top analyst that figures out quickly what’s important and focuses energies there.’

‘The firm is well qualified to handle any aspect of the array of issues that may arise in the antitrust field. The firm communicates well about topics as they arise and the years of experience shows in the advice and long range perspective provided.’

‘Barry Nigro’s years of experience make his counsel and perspective, particularly seeing what is coming down the road, exceptional.’

‘Offer practical advice and solutions and are very humble and client-focused. Understand our business and our objectives and provide solutions to achieve them.’

Key clients

ProQuest

ClassPass

Novelis Corporation

BlackRock

Leidos

Landmark Media Enterprises

Jacobs Engineering

Goldman Sachs

Permira

AEA Investors

Genesys

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

Becton, Dickinson and Company (new client to practice)

Jacob Holm

Blue Yonder

Constellation Affiliated Partners / RedBird Capital Partners

Extended Stay America

Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised ProQuest in its pending $5.3 billion acquisition by Clarivate plc.
  • Advised Permira in its acquisition of McAfee Corp., as a member of a consortium that includes Advent International Corporation, Crosspoint Capital partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC Private Limited, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, valued at more than $14 billion.
  • Advised Blue Yonder and selling shareholders New Mountain Capital and Blackstone in the $8.5 billion sale of Blue Yonder to Panasonic Corporation.

Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a major presence in the capital markets field, noted for its record in big-ticket investment grade debt transactions, but with a more than credible reputation in high-yield debt. The firm is frequently engaged on high-value offerings by both issuers and underwriters. It has continued to expand its client base with appointments as designated underwriters’ counsel for a number of issuers such as Authentic Brands Group, Blue Owl and Brighthouse Financial. Aside from its close links to corporate issuers and underwriters, the firm also sources engagements from its well-developed private equity client base. Daniel Bursky has an outstanding reputation, often leading headline deals for the likes of Merck, T-Mobile and bulge-bracket underwriters. Andrew Barkan and Mark Hayek are also pivotal team members.

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Testimonials

‘Responsive, capable, collaborative, knowledgeable about current trends and best practices, business-sensitive.’

Key clients

Aerie Pharmaceuticals

At Home

Broadstone Net Lease

Catalent

Emerald

Evoqua Water Technologies

Extended Stay

Goldman Sachs BDC

Harsco

Humana

KITS Eyecare

Lithia Motors

LivePerson

Merck

The Navios Group (and related entities)

Perrigo

RedBall Acquisition Corp.

Spanish Broadcasting System

Sterling Check Co.

Tapestry (f/k/a Coach)

T-Mobile

Tradeweb Markets

Under Armour

Work highlights

  • Counsel to T-Mobile in multiple matters, including a $2bn private offering of 3.400% senior secured notes due 2052 and 3.600% senior secured notes due 2060.
  • Counsel to the underwriters for The Procter & Gamble Company in multiple matters, including its ¥100bn offering of two tranches of notes.
  • Acted as counsel to the underwriters in multiple matters for Otis Worldwide, including its offering of €500m 0.000% notes due 2023, €600m 0.318% notes due 2026, and €500m 0.934% notes due 2031.

Finance > Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has consistently elevated its position in high-yield debt with it now cementing its position amongst the top firms as issuer’s counsel. It is prominent as underwriters’ counsel. It has advised on a series of headline and high-value high-yield deals for the likes of T-Mobile and Novelis, and has represented the underwriters in offerings by Clarivate and Sonic Automotive. Along with its connections to corporates and investment banks, the firm is also frequently advised by private equity clients and their portfolio companies. Head of the capital markets team Daniel Bursky leads many of the group’s headline deals, operating across the equity and debt space. Andrew Barkan, Mark Hayek and Joshua Coleman are also key names in the department.

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Testimonials

‘Responsive, collaborative, insightful, excellent knowledge of current trends & best practices, business-savvy.’

‘Fried Frank does a lot of high-yield debt offering and they are incredibly knowledgeable about the market and what terms clients going into the market should be negotiating. They are also great communicators that explain complicated terms clearly and help us make the best decisions.’

‘The individuals we work with are incredibly responsive and easy to understand. They also make every client feel like they are the most important.’

Key clients

Aerie Pharmaceuticals

At Home

Broadstone Net Lease

Catalent

Emerald

Evoqua Water Technologies

Extended Stay

Goldman Sachs BDC

Harsco

Humana

KITS Eyecare

Lithia Motors

LivePerson

Merck

The Navios Group (and related entities)

Perrigo

RedBall Acquisition Corp.

Spanish Broadcasting System

Sterling Check Co.

Tapestry (f/k/a Coach)

T-Mobile

Tradeweb Markets

Under Armour

Work highlights

  • Counsel to T-Mobile in multiple matters, including a $3bn private offering of 2.250% senior notes due 2026, 3.375% senior notes due 2029 and 3.500% senior notes due 2031 by T-Mobile’s direct wholly-owned subsidiary T-Mobile USA, Inc.
  • Counsel to Novelis in multiple matters, including the issuance of $750m aggregate principal amount of 3.250% high yield senior notes due 2026 and the issuance of $750m aggregate principal amount of 3.875% high yield senior notes due 2031.
  • Advised a syndicate of initial purchasers, led by Citigroup Global Markets and Goldman Sachs & Co, in Clarivate’s $1bn offering of 3.875% high-yield senior secured notes due 2028 and $1bbn offering of 4.875% senior notes due 2029, each related to Clarivate’s proposed acquisition of ProQuest LLC and its consolidated subsidiaries.

Finance > Commercial lending

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, which operates out of New York, is one of the most respected names in the debt finance middle market. Equally capable of advising lending banks, corporate borrowers and private equity sponsors, the firm assists with both investment grade and leveraged transactions. J. Christian Nahr leads the team and advises on syndicated secured facilities, second lien loans, mezzanine financings and private placements, while departmental stalwart F. William Reindel continues to represent private equity sponsors, hedge funds and investment  banks. Daniel Bursky and Mark Hayek frequently collaborate to advise the firm’s corporate borrower clients; in 2021, this included representing Merck, Under Armour and T-Mobile. Beyond the senior partners, Adam Summers is ‘absolutely fantastic’ when it comes to negotiating commitment letters in relation to acquisition financings.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Fried Frank does a lot of large debt deals and they are incredibly knowledgeable about the market and what terms borrowers and lenders should be negotiating. They are also great communicators that explain complicated terms clearly and help us make the best decisions.’

‘The individuals we work with are incredibly responsive and easy to understand. They also make every client feel like they are the most important.’

‘The practice is unique because they have an excellent sense of the market and trends, and they have fantastic relationships with different lenders. As a result, they are able to provide advice on non-legal terms and a perspective on how different lenders behave.’

‘Adam Summers is absolutely fantastic. He is accessible, sharp, looks around corners, and proactive.’

‘They all treat us like we are their only client, clearly not the case

 

Key clients

AEA

Antares Capital

Ares Capital

Bank of America

Citi

Credit Suisse

CVC

Goldman Sachs

Golub Capital

Humana

Informatica

Jefferies

MasTec

Morgan Stanley

New Mountain Capital

Onex Corporation

Park Square

Partners Group

Permira Advisers

ProQuest

RedBird Capital Partners

T-Mobile

Tapestry

Under Armour

Work highlights

  • Advised Procter & Gamble in a $3.2bn 5 year revolving credit facility and a $4.8bn 364 day revolving credit facility.
  • Advised Under Armour in an amendment and extension to its $1.1bn revolving credit facility.
  • Advised Informatica in refinancing its existing credit facilities with a $1.875bn term loan and a $250m revolving facility.

Government > Government contracts Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is notable for its strength in supporting M&A in the aerospace and defense sector. Alongside this, the team is active in all stages of the procurement process, handling bid protest litigation and counselling companies and private equity clients in the aircraft and satellite, electronics, IT, and healthcare industries. Washington DC-based James McCullough spearheads the practice, an expert in pre-award litigation and counselling on contract formation issues, as well as post-award disputes and litigation. Also in DC, Michael Anstett is also notable in the team, focusing on contractor representation in the aerospace defense and IT spheres. Alexander B. Ginsberg joined the DC office from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in February 2022, strengthening the team’s bid protest practice in particular.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Aptos

AEA Investors

Beckman Coulter

Bloomberg Industry Group

Goldman Sachs

Jacobs

Leidos

M.C. Dean

Mettler-Toledo International Inc.

Pasha Hawaii Holdings LLC

Permira

Rolls-Royce North America

Science Applications International Corporation

Textron Aviation Defense LLC

Viavi

Work highlights

  • Advised Jacobs in its definitive agreement to acquire high-performance software provider BlackLynx, Inc.
  • Advised Science Applications International Corporation in a bid protest challenging the award by the Defense Logistics Agency of a US$1+ billion contract for the acquisition of hardware and abrasives for the US military.
  • Advised Pasha Hawaii Holdings LLC in a  protest challenging the award by the Department of Transportation Maritime Administration  of a US$56 million contract to acquire, operate, and maintain replacement vessels for MARAD’s Ready Reserve Force.

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 3

The practice at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, hailed as ‘collaborative, insightful and business-savvy’, is equipped to support on the full array of corporate transactions, regularly working on major matters which intersect multiple jurisdictions. Steve Epstein‘s practice covers M&A, divestitures, corporate governance and takeover preparedness affairs, – he serves as practice co-head alongside Philip Richter, a specialist in minority investments, proxy fights, joint ventures and minority investments.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Brian Mangino; Amber Banks; Erica Jaffe

Testimonials

‘The Fried Frank M&A team is excellent and is a particularly good value for large deals. They have a very good read of the market and are well positioned to advise on and negotiate the best terms on a clients behalf. They are also great communicators, they are very responsive and provide the right level of detail for business people and in-house counsel to make good decisions.’

‘The individuals we work with are very knowledgeable and have great temperaments. They provide invaluable information in a way that is easy to understand and act on. I would not consider doing a large transaction without them.’

‘Responsive, collaborative, insightful, excellent knowledge of current trends and best practices, business-savvy.’

Key clients

Humana Inc.

ProQuest LLC

Blue Yonder / New Mountain / Blackstone

Extended Stay America, Inc.

Ascential plc

Viavi Solutions

Home Partners of America

Becton, Dickinson & Company

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of At Home Group

First American Payment Systems

Navios Maritime Partners

W.R. Grace & Company

Jacobs Engineering

Onex Corporation

Catalent, Inc.

Buyer consortium including Permira, Advent International Corporation, Crosspoint Capital partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC Private Limited, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Redball Acquisition Co.

Genesys

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Extended Stay America in its agreement, along with its paired-share REIT, ESH Hospitality, Inc., to be acquired by a 50/50 joint venture between funds managed by Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Starwood Capital Group for $6bn.
  • Counsel to a buyer consortium including Permira, Advent International Corporation, Crosspoint Capital Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC Private Limited, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, in the acquisition of McAfee Corporation for $14bn.
  • Counsel to Catalent, Inc. in its $1bn agreement to acquire Bettera Holdings, LLC, a major manufacturer in the high-growth gummy, soft chew, and lozenge segments of the nutritional supplements market, from Highlander Partners, LP.

M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP maintains productive relationships with a range of big-name bulge bracket and middle market private equity funds, handling big-ticket work for the likes of Permira, Redbird, and AEA Investors. A standout representation for the firm was advising Permira as part of a consortium purchasing MacAfee for $14bn. Alongside its work on PE-backed buyouts, the firm is also noted for its key role in GP stake and asset manager-led transactions, advising the likes of Goldman Sachs and Wafra on these innovative deals. The practice is led by Steven Steinman, who leads the firm’s AEA relationship among those with other key clients, having led on AEA’s sale of 1 800 Contacts to KKR, alongside Christopher Ewan, also an active transactional counsel to funds. Andrew Colosimo has played a key role in the firm’s asset manager M&A work, while Randi Lally stands out for her advice on GP-led transactions alongside seed-and-stake deals, another area of strength for the firm. In Washington DC., Brian Mangino has seen a prolific 2021 on behalf of relationship client Permira alongside Andrea Gede-Lange, with Mangino leading on the McAfee deal and Gede-Lange advising on several other key transactions. Mark Lucas has led notable transactions for Redbird and Goldman Sachs across a wide range of sectors. Senior figure Robert Schwenkel is now of counsel at the firm, and is known for his continued work on club deals.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Ewan; Steven Steinman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This team is very experienced and knowledgeable. They are great at negotiating deals, documenting them and then giving clear advice on all the important business and legal terms. They are also very available and responsive and can move at lighting speed.’

‘The people we work with are experienced, knowledgeable, incredibly responsive and great communicators. They are able to educate clients on the latest market terms and help them negotiate and execute complex deals fast.’

‘Breadth of legal counsel. High-quality client service – very engaged and communicative.’

‘Mark Lucas – very client focused, delivers high-quality execution. Outstanding commercial judgment – analytical, insightful, and balanced. Engaged and responsive, works collaboratively with internal deal teams, internal counsel, and other partners on deals.’

Key clients

Permira Advisers

Dyal Capital Partners

AEA Investors

RedBird Capital Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Humana, Inc.

Yellow Wood Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs

Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, Inc.

Wafra Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised a buyer consortium including Permira, Advent International Corporation, Crosspoint Capital partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC Private Limited, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, in the $14b acquisition of McAfee Corporation.
  • Advised Dyal Capital Partners in its agreement with Owl Rock Capital Partners LP and Altimar Acquisition Corp. to form Blue Owl Capital Inc., an alternative asset management firm.
  • Advised Onex Corporation and its affiliated funds in its majority investment in OneDigital.

Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Fielding an experienced team with ‘top-notch lawyers’, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has strength in depth in public M&A and capital markets transactions, particularly representing issuers and underwriters in high-value IPOs. The group holds several global investment banks and real estate companies as key clients. In Washington DC, practice head Stuart Barr has a robust background in corporate governance matters and securities laws and works closely with tax partner Cameron Cosby, who has extensive experience in REIT tax structuring and transactions. Other key players include New York based co-chair of the M&A group Philip Richter and Libin Zhang.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Barr

Testimonials

‘Industry leaders in real estate. Knowledgeable on so many different levels and across capital markets and M&A. Very strong organization staffed with top notch lawyers.’

‘The team is extremely hard working and tireless. Always available for calls and questions. Also, they provide sound advice and judgement and can be real sounding boards with questions or issues. They work hard to protect their clients.’

Key clients

Equity Commonwealth

Broadstone Net Lease

Douglas Emmett

Extended Stay

Corporate Office Properties Trust

American Homes 4 Rent

Seritage Growth Properties

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

Bank of Montreal

Morgan Stanley

BofA Securities, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Goldman Sachs

Barclays

Work highlights

  • Advised Broadstone Net Lease in its $629m initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Broadstone Real Estate, LLC in the internalization of the external management functions of Broadstone Net Lease, Inc.
  • Advised American Homes 4 Rent in multiple matters, including with its at-the- market (ATM) program, which aims to sell $500m of Class A common shares from time to time.

Finance > Capital markets: global offerings

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a standout presence in global offerings for healthcare, telecoms, shipping and insurance businesses; this includes a mixture of IPOs and other equity offerings, along with investment grade, high-yield, and convertible debt issuances. The firm’s expertise in high-yield debt is frequently applied in acquisition financings for global private equity clients. It has also continued to be appointed as underwriters’ counsel to a range of global issuers and is making a further impression in green bonds and sustainable financings. Daniel Bursky  leads the highly rated New York-based team, which frequently works alongside colleagues in London.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Bursky

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Barkan; Mark Hayek; Joshua Wechsler; Joshua Coleman

Testimonials

‘Fried Frank does a lot of large equity deals and they are incredibly knowledgeable about the market and what terms borrowers and lenders should be negotiating. They are also great communicators that explain complicated terms clearly and help us make the best decisions.’

‘The individuals we work with are incredibly responsive and easy to understand. They also make every client feel like they are the most important.’

‘Responsive, collaborative, insightful, knowledgeable about current trends & best practices, business-savvy.’

 

Key clients

Aerie Pharmaceuticals

At Home

Broadstone Net Lease

Catalent

Emerald

Evoqua Water Technologies

Extended Stay

Goldman Sachs BDC

Harsco

Humana

KITS Eyecare

Lithia Motors

LivePerson

Merck

The Navios Group (and related entities)

Perrigo

RedBall Acquisition Corp.

Spanish Broadcasting System

Sterling Check Co.

Tapestry (f/k/a Coach)

T-Mobile

Tradeweb Markets

Under Armour

Work highlights

  • Counsel to Novelis in multiple matters, including its issuance of $750m aggregate principal amount of 3.250% high yield senior notes due 2026 and the issuance of $750m aggregate principal amount of 3.875% high yield senior notes due 2031.  
  • Advised Goldman Sachs’ Petershill unit, an alternative investment fund, in connection with its listing as a permanent capital vehicle on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised the underwriters on Otis Worldwide’s offering of €500m 0.000% notes due 2023, €600m 0.318% notes due 2026, and €500m 0.934% notes due 2031.

Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a multidisciplinary practice, advising clients on complex corporate transactions, insolvencies and out-of-court restructurings. Its US and London based offices allow seamless representation on cross-border matters, particularly upon bankruptcies. Notable mention is given to the representation of Seritage Growth Properties in relation to the Chapter 11 cases of Sears Holdings Corporation, where the team acts as restructuring counsel. The practice is led by Brad Eric Scheler in New York, who is well versed in corporate finance and strategic planning and has advised clients of a corporate, institutional and governmental capacity.

Practice head(s):

Brad Eric Scheler

Other key lawyers:

Mandip Englund; Gary Kaplan; Ashley Katz; Jennifer Rodburg; Adam Shiff; Peter Siroka

Key clients

Ascribe Capital

Baupost Group

BlackRock

Brookfield

Canyon Partners

CNO Financial Group

CVS Pharmacy

CX Reinsurance Company Limited

California Protons Cancer Therapy Center

Casco Development Corp.

Centerbridge

The Children’s Investment Fund Management (UK) LLP

Christopher C.S. Harborne

Citadel

Cladrius Partners LLC

Clever Devices Ltd.

Deutsche Bank

Creditors (second lien noteholders) of Gavilan Resources

Goldman Sachs

Humana

IMAX Corporation

Lee Equity Partners

Navios

Neuberger Berman

ONEX

Oak Point Partners

Redbird Capital Partners

SGS International

Seritage Growth Properties

Simon Property Group

Spanish Broadcasting System

The Condé Nast Publications

United Equities Commodities Company

Vornado Realty

WAFRA

WHP Global

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Representing Seritage Growth Properties in relation to the Chapter 11 cases of Sears Holdings Corporation.

Tax > Financial products

Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP‘s ‘excellent‘ technology practice provides high quality support on corporate and private equity transactions, including technology-related carve-outs, and also has good credentials IP-related collaboration agreements. Amir Ghavi and Jason Greenberg jointly lead the team.

Fried Frank is a leading international law firm with approximately 650 lawyers who advise the world’s leading corporations, investment funds and financial institutions on their most critical legal needs and business opportunities.

Types of work undertaken
Aerospace and defense: combines expertise in transactional, litigation, regulatory and advisory work to provide clients with counsel on operational performance, compliance profile, policy and regulatory acuity.

Antitrust and competition: works with the firm’s corporate, litigation and IP practices to provide counsel on core areas, including the global regulation of M&A, government and criminal investigations and risk management and compliance.

Asset management: is often called upon by financial institutions and private investment funds to advise on hedge funds, private equity/buyout funds, credit funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, hybrid funds and also mezzanine funds and related products. The practice also handles compliance and regulatory issues and covers the full spectrum of derivatives products.

Capital markets: represents issuers, underwriters, private equity sponsors, investors, selling stockholders, initial purchasers and dealer-managers in private and US SEC registered debt and equity securities offerings, and related acquisition finance and private equity transactions.

Environmental: provides a reasoned evaluation of the environmental risks attendant to every transaction and works closely with the firm’s corporate, litigation, real estate and bankruptcy and restructuring practices.

Executive compensation and ERISA: offers counsel on the structuring and implementation of a range of compensation and benefit plans and programs for privately and publicly held corporations, their boards of directors and compensation committees, investment banking firms, leveraged buyout and other investment partnerships, investment managers and senior executives.

False claims act: represents clients in civil fraud enforcement, including internal investigations, subpoena and Civil Investigative Demand (CID) compliance, and litigation.

Finance: represents private equity sponsors and corporations in acquisition financings and recapitalizations; investment banks in arranging leveraged transactions; alternative capital providers in making direct investments; investment vehicles and lenders in fund-level financings; and borrowers, issuers, bondholders and other lenders in debt restructurings.

Financial services: represents financial organizations including US and international commercial and investment banks and other lenders, asset management and private equity firms, broker-dealers, hedge funds and institutional investors, and providers of payment services.

Government contracts: counsels clients on complex statutes and regulations at each stage of the government contracting process, from solicitation, award, bid protests, performance and termination to cost-performance liabilities and regularly supports merger and acquisition activity in the aerospace and defense and information technology arenas.

International arbitration: handles international arbitrations ranging from the highest-profile cases to medium-sized and smaller disputes, marshaling resources from different legal systems and the expanding body of international commercial law.

Intellectual property and technology: offers services related to IP litigation, counseling and transactions designed to assist in the acquisition, commercialization, management, enforcement and defense of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, software, IT systems and other IP and technology assets.

Intellectual property litigation: develops and executes comprehensive IP strategies to help clients realize greater value from their assets and to manage risks across a broad range of technologies and all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, and unfair competition issues.

International trade and investment: counsels a broad range of clients on international trade controls and other related regulatory matters, including matters involving OFAC, EAR, ITAR, FCPA, CFIUS, UK Bribery Act, anti-boycott requirements and anti-money laundering.

Litigation: represents clients on complex domestic and cross-border matters, including securities class actions, shareholder litigation, corporate conduct, business tort litigation, real estate, M&A, financial services, insurance, antitrust and competition-related controversies. Clients include corporations, financial institutions, special litigation committees, boards of directors, issuers and underwriters.

Mergers and acquisitions: advises acquirers and targets, special committees, audit committees, and boards of directors in complex negotiated and contested situations, including negotiated mergers, hostile takeovers and takeover defense, proxy contests and financial adviser representations, and restructuring transactions.

Private equity: is active in various aspects of private equity transactions and regularly provides counsel to prominent fund sponsors and investors on the full range of their investment-related activities, including fund formations, leveraged buyouts, consortium bids, syndications and exit strategies.

Real estate: counsels clients on the acquisition and disposition of single assets and portfolios, distressed real estate and workouts, mortgage and mezzanine financing and restructuring, development and construction, leasing, joint ventures, real estate investment trusts, and real estate litigation.

Restructuring and insolvency: represents clients in formal bankruptcies/ insolvencies and out-of-court restructurings. Representing both debtors and creditors, the firm counsels and formulates strategies on insolvency, creditors’ rights and commercial law issues that arise in complex corporate and real estate acquisitions, divestitures and financings.

Tax: encompasses all principal forms of corporate transactions, including M&A and dispositions, spin-offs, and joint ventures. It includes hedge fund and private equity fund formations, tax issues associated with financings, including borrower, lender and capital markets representations, real estate transactions, restructurings, and international tax planning matters.

Trusts and estates: advises clients, who are generally domestic or foreign individuals and families with substantial wealth in a wide variety of personal planning matters.

White-collar defense, regulatory enforcement and investigations: guides clients through a wide range of enforcement matters, government investigations and internal investigations. The team regularly defends corporations and individuals under nationwide and global criminal and regulatory investigations, including matters related to securities, commodities, and other financial frauds, insider trading, market manipulation, anti-corruption violations, money laundering, RICO violations, cybersecurity.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Aerospace and defense Brian T Mangino
Antitrust and competition Bernard (Barry) A Nigro Jr
Asset management Lawrence N Barshay
Asset management Kenneth I Rosh
Capital markets Daniel J Bursky
Environmental Donna Mussio
Executive compensation and ERISA Jeffrey Ross
False claims act Michael J Anstett
Finance J Christian Nahr
Government contracts James J McCullough
Intellectual property and technology Amir Ghavi
Intellectual property litigation Nicole M Jantzi
International arbitration James Kitching
International trade and investment Michael T Gershberg
Litigation James D Wareham
Mergers and acquisitions Steven Epstein
Mergers and acquisitions Philip Richter
Mergers and acquisitions Robert C Schwenkel
Private acquisitions and private equity Christopher Ewan
Private acquisitions and private equity Robert C Schwenkel
Private acquisitions and private equity Steven Steinman
Real estate/corporate real estate transactions Jonathan L Mechanic
Real estate/corporate real estate transactions Fiona J Kelly
Restructuring and insolvency Brad Eric Scheler
Tax David I Shapiro
Tax Alan S Kaden
Technology transactions Amir Ghavi
Trusts and estates Brad J Richter
White-collar defense, regulatory enforcement & investigations Geoffrey S Berman
White-collar defense, regulatory enforcement & investigations Steven Witzel
Chairman David J Greenwald
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