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

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

Alternative/hedge funds Tier 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP remains a top name in traditional fund formation work, and also has a strong track record in emerging market funds, hybrids, and investor-side work. The firm counts some of the financial sector’s largest names among its client base, with regular engagements from BlackRock, Goldman, and JPMorgan, among others. Lawrence Barshay heads the team, and specializes in fund structuring and formation, as do Lisa Schneider and Jonathan Adler. In the Washington DC office, Walid Khuri focuses on fund-of-funds work, acting for several large managers in both the structuring and transactional work undertaken by such funds. Jessica Forbes is a name to note for regulatory matters. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated. Special counsel Daniel Daneshrad and counsel David Selden left the firm for Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and PwC, respectively; while special counsels Marc Palumbo and Rachel Perez arrived from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and BlackRock, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Lawrence Barshay

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Schneider; Jonathan Adler; Walid Khuri; Jessica Forbes; Marc Palumbo; Rachel Perez

Key clients

Bain Capital

Bank of New York Mellon

BlackRock

Brookfield Asset Management

Centiva Capital

Citadel LLC

D.E. Shaw

EJF Capital

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Millennium Capital

Morgan Stanley

Neuberger Berman

ORIX Corporation

Owl Rock Capital Partners

PDT Partners

Point72 Asset Management

ShoreBridge Capital

Tudor Investment Corporation

Land use/zoning Tier 1

A leading name among land use practices in New York City, the team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is headed by development expert Melanie Meyers and overseen by the firm’s chairman of real estate, Jonathan Mechanic. The group sees developments through their full life-cycles and has built a strong reputation for handling the planning of a number of iconic buildings on the New York City skyline. Current projects include major office developments, mixed-use urban regeneration and hospitals, with a recent matter being Meyers’ advice to Northwell Health on the zoning and land use for its proposed multibillion-dollar redevelopment of the entire Lenox Hill Hospital campus—a site that has played a critical role in the city’s Covid-19 response. Also recommended are David Karnovsky, who is involved in acquisition, joint venture development, and land use matters for large mixed-use buildings in the city centre; and Carol Rosenthal, another of the group’s go-to names for matters with complex land use components. At the non-partner level, of counsel Stephen Lefkowitz has over 50 years of experience in land use and development in New York; special counsel Wesley O’Brien is heavily involved in land use and environmental review; and associate Nicholas Williams is a frequent advisor on rezonings and special permit matters.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Meyers; Jonathan Mechanic

Other key lawyers:

David Karnovsky; Zachary Bernstein; Carol Rosenthal; Stephen Lefkowitz; Wesley O’Brien; Nicholas Williams

Testimonials

‘The knowledge this firm has on zoning and land use is by far superior to any of the other firms I have worked with. Zoning is nuanced, and Fried Frank knows what they are doing. When I make offers to buy property, their mistakes could be devastating to me. They don’t make mistakes. ’

‘My lawyer is simply the most knowledgeable in the world of zoning and land use. I have confidence in her guidance and advice.’

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP handles a wide range of work for both private equity firms and financial institutions, with a client list that includes BlackRock and Bain Capital on the sponsor side, and Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley on the institutional front. A key area of recent work for the firm is in the field of opportunistic funds, particularly following the disruption to the economy caused by Covid-19, with Goldman Sachs recently engaging the firm in relation to its West Street Strategic Solutions I, a global opportunistic fund targeting $14bn in commitments. Secondaries work is another key area of the firm's offering, where recent high-value work included the formation of StepStone Secondary Opportunities Fund IV, which closed at $2.1bn and is StepStone’s flagship secondaries fund. Kenneth Rosh leads the funds group, and is highly active in fund formation and secondaries work. Other key figures within the team include Lawrence Barshay, who is recommended for hybrid fund work and matters which deal with less traditional fund structures. Contacts in Washington DC include Rebecca Zelenka, who frequently handles complex fund formation matters and recently advised HPS in connection with its $11bn mezzanine fund; and Richard Ansbacher, who deals with a wide range of fund formation matters including Euro funds. Jeremy Berry is one to watch at the junior partner level, with a practice that covers both sponsor and investor-side issues. All lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Rosh; Lawrence Barshay

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Barshay; Rebecca Zelenka; Richard Ansbacher; Jeremy Berry

Testimonials

‘The Fried Frank team is outstanding in all facets of private fund representation. We have worked with them on raising closed-end funds and co-investment vehicles and have consulted them on matters relating to our hedge funds.’

‘Jeremy Berry is one of the best fund lawyers we have worked with and his associate team is extremely strong as well. They have tremendous experience but most importantly they are able to use that experience to come up with creative solutions to thorny issues.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management (Credit & Real Estate)

Bain Capital and Bain Capital Credit

BentallGreenOak

BlackRock

Brookfield Asset Management

Exeter Property Group

Fortress Investment Group

Goldman Sachs

HPS Investment Partners

King Street Capital

MetLife Investment Management

Morgan Stanley

MSD Capital

Neuberger Berman and Dyal Capital Partners (a division of NB)

Permira and Permira Debt Managers

PIMCO

Prospect Ridge Advisors

Redbird Capital Partners

Sixth Street Partners

Square Mile Credit Partners

StepStone Group

Real estate Tier 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has ‘an exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge in all aspects of real estate transactions’. The group leverages a pre-eminent position within New York's real estate market where it is ‘frequently involved in the City’s most significant transactions’, namely the leasing, acquisition, financing and disposition of high-value hotel, retail and office assets, as well as large portfolios. Its lawyers also thrive in respect of development projects across all asset classes, including residential and mixed-use, with true strength in schemes demanding public-private, land use and environmental considerations. Department chair Jonathan Mechanic is ‘well connected with most, if not all, the major players in New York’ having previously served as managing director of HRO international, a real estate developer with a sizeable footprint in Manhattan’s office market. Elsewhere, the ‘technically skilledValerie Kelly is a star name at the Washington DC office where she is recommended for her work on large commercial leasing, acting on behalf of both landlords and tenants. At the more junior end, associate Alexander Sutherland is carving out a solid reputation for complex development projects.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Mechanic

Other key lawyers:

Valerie Kelly; Alexander Sutherland; Robert Sorin; Tal Golomb; Ross Silver; Michael Werner; Laurinda Martins; Fiona Kelly; Steven Rudgayzer

Testimonials

‘Fried Frank has an exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge coverage all aspects of real estate transactions. They are involved in the most significant transactions in the New York City market and are well-positioned to provide practical legal advice.’

‘Jonathan Mechanic is among the most prominent real estate attorneys nationally and knows most, if not all, the major players in the New York market.’

‘Valerie Kelly is extremely intelligent and technically skilled.  She has great people and client skills, which is a tremendous asset in negotiations.’

Structured finance: derivatives and structured products Tier 1

The derivatives group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a market leader for advice on transactional and regulatory derivatives and futures issues, with highlights covering the spectrum of asset classes for buy- and sell-side clients. The group is noted for its work on over-the-counter, exchange-traded and cleared products, with additional expertise in repurchase agreements and matters pertaining to equity and foreign exchange prime brokerage agreements. In the New York office, Robert McLaughlin leads the practice group and acts for an impressive variety of financial institutions, while David Mitchell focuses on structured products, derivatives and funds and investment platforms. Also recommended is William Breslin in Washington DC, who is rated for his knowledge of regulatory issues in the commodities space.

Practice head(s):

Robert McLaughlin

Other key lawyers:

David Mitchell; William Breslin; Darren Littlejohn; Victoria Mazgalev

Testimonials

‘David Mitchell is the most knowledgeable derivatives attorney that I have worked with. He is extremely responsive.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

Brookfield Asset Management

Merck

BlueBay Asset Management

Humana

EJF Capital

First Quality

Grupo Televisa

International Asset Management

Global Holdings Management Group

Invesco

Morgan Stanley

Onex Corporation

New Senior Investment Group

Permira Advisers

T-Mobile

Tudor Investment Corp.

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 1

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s tax department enjoys a stellar market reputation, boasting an impressive full-service offering and a track record in high-value transactions and complex fund formations. The tax practice is jointly led by New York-based David Shapiro, a private equity and financing expert, and key corporate transactional tax attorney Alan Kaden, who works from the Washington DC office. The team regularly advises major banks, asset managers, media conglomerates, logistics operators and consumer goods manufacturers on the tax aspects of various corporate and commercial matters. Recent highlights have included high-profile debt transactions, private equity acquisitions, joint ventures and real estate fund structuring mandates. Washington DC-based Michael Alter works extensively on federal income taxation matters, especially the structuring and negotiation of taxable and tax-free acquisitions and dispositions, reorganizations and spin-offs. Also in DC, Michelle Gold is recommended for her expertise in fund formation and Shane Hoffmann is a standout associate. In New York, Robert Cassanos is noted for his broad transactional and private equity experience; Joseph Fox is experienced in the taxation of derivatives and financial products; and Christopher Roman handles the tax aspects of alternative investment funds and fund-related M&A.

Practice head(s):

Alan Kaden; David Shapiro

Other key lawyers:

Michael Alter; Robert Cassanos; Christopher Roman; Michelle Gold; Joseph Fox; Shane Hoffmann

Testimonials

‘They do a good job in navigating how we compare to our peers in the market for our funds. They are eager to partner and provide effective and efficient responses to our issues.’

‘Very senior and knowledgeable. Has taken the time to understand how I approach matters and is able to efficiently explain the issues so that we can make informed decisions that are best for both our investors and our firm. ’

‘Fried Frank’s tax lawyers are the best in the business. Their secret sauce is that they are very smart and knowledgeable about tax law, super hardworking and responsive, and have an incredible ability to describe incredibly complicated tax law and fact patterns and distill them into easy to understand chunks that lead to good outcomes for the company and smarter decision makers.’

‘Alan Kaden is a king in the tax world. Everyone knows him, respects him, and listens to him. He’s the rare combination of a brilliant tax lawyer and really nice guy who makes you feel like you’re the most important client he has. Shane Hoffman, who works with Alan is an excellent up-and-coming lawyer. He knows a lot, is an excellent lawyer and is so good at explaining complicated concepts. Their work product is excellent.’

‘Our corporate tax department contact is a tax lawyer at the firm, but he acts like the engagement partner, brining the right resources for every issue. Great customer services. Great diversity of practice. Great expertise.’

‘Mike Alter is committed to customer service, making sure he understands our needs as a company (and individual professionals), and serving those needs. Mike sets you up as an individual to succeed within your company and sets up the company to succeeds in its transaction.’

‘Their technical expertise is phenomenal across the many different sectors of tax. Their ability to attack tax issues from a business perspective is what makes them the best.’

‘Libin Zhang is my contact at the firm. I have worked in the tax departments of two publicly traded REITs and he is by far the best tax attorney I have worked with. His technical and business acumen is always on point and his responsiveness is amazing.’

‘Fried Frank treats all of their clients with respect and importance. You get the expertise of a top notch international law firm with the attention you’d get at a smaller practice.’

‘I have worked with Christopher Roman since 2006. We instantly developed a rapport due to his client orientation and tax expertise. Chris has assisted me on all large domestic and international transactions. He is extremely knowledgeable, easy to work with and his seamless collaboration with our Big Four accounting firm makes the transactions go smoothly. I recommend Chris before any other tax attorney to my friends and colleagues.’

‘The team is unique in its real estate related knowledge and ability and its ability to give advice and structure complex real estate transactions.’

‘Cameron Cosby has advised on two recent transactions involving Opportunity Zones, REITs and joint venture issues where the regulatory background was in flux. He ably navigated the transactions through complex and changing rules and deal requirements and consistently provided cogent, workable advice.’

‘Chris Roman is hands down the best tax partner I have worked with in the past two years. He is technical, responsive and provides reliable advice.’

‘Chris Roman is the reason we use this firm. Chris is the most reliable tax partner I have worked with (Law Firm or Big 4) while at Partners Group. He provides excellent client service, is reliable and is always available.’

‘Fried Frank’s tax team is exceptional. A true industry leader in the area of real estate taxation.’

‘Libin Zhang is responsive and thoughtful. In particular, he is able to integrate tax advice with legal advice to come up with practical solutions to tax problems. He has a wide breadth and depth of tax knowledge and is able to handle any tax problem quickly and in a fee-efficient manner.’

‘Very strong capabilities in the private equity and real estate space. Deep industry knowledge.’

‘Ken Rosenfeld is an exceptionally bright tax attorney with deep industry knowledge in the sectors he works in.’

Key clients

AEA Investors

Amazon

Bain Capital

BlackRock

Brookfield Asset Management

Cambridge Information Group

Cargill, Inc.

Catalent, Inc.

Dyal Capital Partners (a division of Neuberger Berman)

Fortress Investment Group

Goldman Sachs & Co.

HPS Investment Partners

Humana, Inc.

Leidos

Lockheed Martin Corporation

Neuberger Berman

Onex

Permira

Sinclair Broadcast Group

SPX Corporation

Tapestry (formerly Coach)

Terex Corporation

Tradeweb Markets

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has an outstanding record in equity offerings. While it continues to land an impressive share of headline IPO engagements, the team also impresses in complex rights offerings, follow-on offerings and other esoteric deals. In a recent example of it's headline work, the acted for T-Mobile in synthetic secondary transactions enabling SoftBank to monetize a portion of its $21bn stockholding in the company; this was the largest non-governmental secondary transaction of all time. The firm has strong links to corporate issuers, private equity sponsors and underwriters. Daniel Bursky is a well-known figure in big-ticket equity and debt offerings, while Andrew Barkan and Mark Hayek have emerged as top talents in the market.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Bursky

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Barkan; Mark Hayek; Joshua Coleman

Testimonials

‘Excellent execution, thorough knowledge of the process, excellent working relationships with underwriters, their counsel, and specialists. Excellent at walking the client through the mysteries of the process.’

‘I would single out Daniel Bursky and Joshua Coleman for their business-savvy, comprehensive knowledge of the field, responsiveness, diligence, and positive attitude.’

Key clients

Issuers

Aerie Pharmaceuticals

At Home

Catalent

Emerald

Evoqua Water Technologies

Extended Stay

GMS

Goldman Sachs BDC

Harsco

Humana

Lithia Motors

LivePerson

Merck

The Navios Group (and related entities)

Perrigo

RedBall Acquisition Corp.

Tapestry (f/k/a Coach)

T-Mobile

Tradeweb Markets

Under Armour

Private Equity Sponsors

AEA Investors

Cranemere

Goldman Sachs

OMERS

Onex

Permira

Investment Banks

Barclays

BofA Securities

Citi

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

Jefferies

JP Morgan

KeyBank

Morgan Stanley

Royal Bank of Canada

Wells Fargo

Underwriters’ Counsel Clients

Allison Transmission

Athene

Carrier Global

Clarivate

Estée Lauder

Ladder Capital

OneWater Marine

Procter & Gamble

Quest Diagnostics

USAA Capital Corporation

Warrior Met Coal

W.R. Grace

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

Based in New York, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s executive compensation team has been increasingly active in work relating to the healthcare sector. Recent highlights included practice head Jeffrey Ross advising CVS Health on the sale of Coventry Workers’ Comp Services to Mitchell | Genex; the group has also been kept busy handling mandates from financial services, technology and private equity spheres. Another key figure in the transactions-focused team is Donald Carleen, who advises on the structuring of severance, executive employment, and equity-based arrangements relating to M&A transactions. Jason Ertel is a key name for advising asset managers on ERISA compliance and fiduciary matters, as well as 409A deferred compensation issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Ross

Other key lawyers:

Donald Carleen; Jason Ertel

Key clients

1-800 Contacts Inc.

AEA Investors

Catalent, Inc.

CVS Health

Tech Data Corporation

Leidos

The Menarini Group

New Mountain Capital

Onex Corporation

Orix Corporation

Permira Advisers

RedBird Capital Partners

Simon Properties Group

SPX Flow

Humana Inc.

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Informatica

Ascential plc

M&A litigation: defense Tier 2

The litigators at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP are recognized by clients, in part, for their 'close collaboration with their corporate colleagues to really get the big picture'. The firm's thriving transactional practice has seen a rise in disputed merger transactions and takeover contests. Global chair of litigation James Wareham in Washington DC, and New York-based partners Scott Luftglass and Peter Simmons lead the practice. Luftglass and Simmons 'provide wise counsel on complex matters and are engaged and available at all times'. Luftglass is active in the Delaware courts and added to his string of successes with numerous victories for Sinclair Broadcast Group, including the defeat of a class action following the termination of its $4bn merger with Tribune Media Company. Simmons is leading the defense of Quality Distribution in a breach of fiduciary duty action filed in Florida state court relating to the 2015 deal to sell the company to a private equity firm.

Practice head(s):

James Wareham; Scott Luftglass; Peter Simmons

Testimonials

‘While of course we strive to avoid litigation, engaging Fried Frank’s team in dispute resolution makes sense because of the strong commercial sensibilities of the team, who understand the big picture and the needs of a repeat M&A player when it comes to litigation. I think they provide excellent advice, which they closely coordinate with their corporate colleagues to ensure that the dispute doesn’t overtake the merits of the deal where possible.’

‘Close collaboration with their corporate colleagues to really get the big picture is a hallmark of Fried Frank’s litigation practice.

‘Peter Simmons and Scott Luftglass have both provided wise counsel on complex matters. They are engaged and available at all times, greatly appreciated when the stakes are high.’

Key clients

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Seritage Growth Properties

Apollo Global Management

Quality Distribution, Inc.

Real estate finance Tier 2

A ‘practice at the bleeding edge of complex real estate transactions’, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acts for ‘well-heeled borrowers and the largest institutional lenders’ in mortgage, preferred equity, construction and mezzanine financings, portfolio loans, workouts, CMBS and restructurings. Michael Barker (‘a super experienced, terrific lawyer’) serves as practice chair, a position he has held since the team's establishment in 2010. Barker is supported by the ‘extremely sharpMichael Vines, who focuses on commercial loan origination on behalf of syndicate, balance sheet and capital market lenders. Suzanne deVries Decker is another ‘standout’ name with extensive experience in mortgage, mezzanine and preferred equity financings relating to office, hotel, and multi-family assets. Below the partner level, associate Matthew Bettinger is carving out a strong reputation for handling multi-tiered intercreditor agreements. Named lawyers are based in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barker

Other key lawyers:

Michael Vines; Suzanne deVries Decker; Matthew Bettinger; Nathaniel Lifschitz; Kabaye Liku

Testimonials

‘Great business lawyers with a wealth of knowledge. They are thoughtful, available 24/7, technically competent and know how to get the deals done.’

‘Michael Barker is super experienced and a terrific lawyer; detail oriented and impressive in his overall judgment.’

‘Fried Frank has broadest bench in real estate of any firm. They represent well-heeled borrowers and the largest institutional lenders, so they know where the give-and-take is and what the end result should be. They are super smart and always great advocates for your positions.’

‘Michael Barker is a stand-out as well as Suzanne Decker.  Of course, the head of the firm, Jon Mechanic, is without dispute the most well-known real estate law in New York and he knows absolutely everyone.’

‘They are top tier practice at the bleeding edge of market developments in complex real estate transactions.’

‘Michael Vines is extremely sharp and is on top of the latest market developments; when he is on your deal you know you nothing is going to slip through the cracks and when it comes to a complex transaction he is always one step ahead in identifying problems and coming to you with solutions.’

‘Michael Barker is a fantastic negotiator. He always manages to get the point across in a way that is collaborative and turns the temperatures down while getting you to the right place.’

Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is recognized for its 'outstanding service and advocacy, high levels of engagement, and strong business acumen and problem-solving skills'. The service group has broad expertise, acting for corporate issuers, financial institutions, special committees and officers and directors in cases filed in state and federal courts throughout the US. Scott Luftglass and Peter Simmons are co-chairs of the securities and shareholder litigation practice, which is overseen by 'smart, hardworking' global chair of litigation James Wareham in Washington DC. Wareham is currently representing sports apparel company Under Armour in a consolidated securities class action alleging that the company concealed a host of sales problems caused by supposedly declining consumer demand. Robin Henry and Motty Shulman in New York, who are recent partner hires from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, combine general commercial and securities litigation skills; the duo also have expertise in disputes involving complex financial instruments.

Practice head(s):

James Wareham; Scott Luftglass; Peter Simmons

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Juris; Robin Henry; Motty Shulman

Testimonials

‘Jamie Wareham and Stephen Juris provide outstanding service and advocacy, high levels of engagement, and strong business acumen and problem-solving skills.’

‘There are many good firms and Fried Frank is among the best.’

‘Jamie Wareham is smart, hardworking, experienced and totally dedicated to getting the best results for the client.’

‘Extremely insightful. Always knows what the other side is trying to do and crafts great strategies on how to counter. Gives practical advice about how to handle challenges day to day.’

‘James Wareham is absolutely the best litigator and dispute resolution expert I have ever worked with. He was as much life coach as he was my lawyer. He always fielded late night and weekend phone calls, even when to discuss frustrations vs. legal matters.’

Key clients

Under Armour

Sinclair Broadcast Group

Perrigo Company

Evoqua Water Technologies

Seritage Growth Properties

Gregory Kelly, Former Representative Director of Nissan Motor Co.

Apollo Global Management

Amundi Pioneer Investments

Performance Shipping

XpresSpa Group, Inc.

Capital markets: debt offerings Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a hugely impressive track record in DCM, and enjoys an especially strong standing in investment grade debt for both issuers and underwriters. Healthcare and telecoms are key sectors for the group. In a banner 2020, the firm advised on a series of headline and high-value deals, including representing the underwriters in Procter & Gamble’s $7.44bn offerings of investment grade notes; this was one of the first high-value investment grade deals to close after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. It also advised Merck on its $4.5bn registered public offering of US dollar-denominated senior notes. Daniel Bursky heads up the capital markets group and takes the lead on many of the firm's top engagements. Andrew Barkan and Mark Hayek are also key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Bursky

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Barkan; Mark Hayek; Joshua Wechsler; Joshua Coleman

Testimonials

‘Team has a lot of flow; they see many deals and know where the market is at.’

‘Daniel Bursky is an outstanding partner.’

Very strong sense of what is market and when to push lenders to give more to benefit their clients.

Daniel Bursky understands innately how to guide his clients and provides extremely sound, beneficial advice driven by what is right for the client over all other considerations that justifiably should remain no more than distractions.

Joshua Coleman is a consummate technician, aware of all of the details needed to bring a transaction home successfully.

Key clients

Aerie Pharmaceuticals

At Home

Catalent

Emerald

Evoqua Water Technologies

Extended Stay

GMS

Goldman Sachs BDC

Harsco

Humana

Lithia Motors

LivePerson

Merck

The Navios Group (and related entities)

Perrigo

RedBall Acquisition Corp.

Tapestry (f/k/a Coach)

T-Mobile

Tradeweb Markets

Under Armour

AEA Investors

Cranemere

Goldman Sachs

OMERS

Onex

Permira

Barclays

BofA Securities

Citi

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

Jefferies

JP Morgan

KeyBank

Morgan Stanley

Royal Bank of Canada

Wells Fargo

Allison Transmission

Athene

Carrier Global

Clarivate

Estée Lauder

Ladder Capital

OneWater Marine

Procter & Gamble

Quest Diagnostics

USAA Capital Corporation

Warrior Met Coal

W.R. Grace

Capital markets: high-yield debt offerings Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP had a strong 2020 in the high-yield debt space, advising on a string of headline deals on both the issuer and underwriter sides. The firm represents some of the biggest private equity sponsors in the market, along with their portfolio companies, and also has tight connections to a range of corporate issuers and key investment banks. The core capital markets team has excellent pedigree in big-ticket equity and debt transactions, including a series of high-yield debt offerings in excess of $500m; it recently advised Citigroup Global Markets, as the representative of the initial purchasers, on a $1bn senior notes offering by Allison Transmission. Daniel Bursky leads the capital markets group and is the go-to name for a range of regular corporate issuers and private equity sponsors; he leads many of the team's headline engagements. Andrew Barkan and Mark Hayek are also key members of the team, and Joshua Coleman is developing a strong reputation.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Bursky

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Barkan; Mark Hayek; Joshua Coleman

Testimonials

Top-flight knowledge of the market, well-grounded business-oriented advice, state-of-the-art documentation, thorough knowledge of the rules and accepted practices.

Daniel Bursky and Joshua Coleman – thorough, prepared, diligent, friendly, efficient, effective, excellent legal and business counsel.

‘The team seems and does many deals and acts for many large PE firms and corporate issuers and has lot of experience / exposure to the market.’

‘Daniel Bursky is outstanding.’

Key clients

Issuers

Aerie Pharmaceuticals

At Home

Catalent

Emerald

Evoqua Water Technologies

Extended Stay

GMS

Goldman Sachs BDC

Harsco

Humana

Lithia Motors

LivePerson

Merck

The Navios Group (and related entities)

Perrigo

RedBall Acquisition Corp.

Tapestry (f/k/a Coach)

T-Mobile

Tradeweb Markets

Under Armour

Private Equity Sponsors

AEA Investors

Cranemere

Goldman Sachs

OMERS

Onex

Permira

Investment Banks

Barclays

BofA Securities

Citi

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

Jefferies

JP Morgan

KeyBank

Morgan Stanley

Royal Bank of Canada

Wells Fargo

Underwriters’ Counsel Clients

Allison Transmission

Athene

Carrier Global

Clarivate

Estée Lauder

Ladder Capital

OneWater Marine

Procter & Gamble

Quest Diagnostics

USAA Capital Corporation

Warrior Met Coal

W.R. Grace

Government contracts Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is active in all phases of the procurement process, advising on a range of litigation and counseling matters. The team is particularly skilled at handling transactions involving government contracts due diligence, where it acts on behalf of companies and private equity firms engaged in transactions involving defense, aerospace, intelligence, and government services contractor entities. Contacts in the Washington DC office include practice head James McCullough, who has significant experience in bid protests and contract formation issues, and special counsel Michael Anstett, an expert practitioner in FCA qui tam litigation and fraud investigations.

Practice head(s):

James J. McCullough

Other key lawyers:

Michael Anstett; Christopher Bell

Testimonials

‘Jim McCullough’s depth of knowledge relating to all aspects of government contracts is unrivaled among our outside counsel. He knows our business and our approach to doing business.’

‘Jim McCullough and Michael Anstett are focused professionals. They hone in on the important issues and provide clear guidance for how to address them.’

Key clients

Leidos

CVS Health

Goldman Sachs

AEA Investors LP

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)

Beckman Coulter, Inc.

Bloomberg Industry Group

Jacobs Engineering Group

EnPro Industries, Inc.

Federal Express Corporation

Hanford Mission Integrated Solutions LLC

Textron Aviation Defense

Aptos

Marine Systems Corporation

Life Cycle Engineering, Inc.

The Hunt Companies

Pasha Hawaii Holdings, LLC

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP stands out for its client-focused approach, working with a number of key relationship clients on a steady flow of high-value deals, with notable expertise in the healthcare, technology, and life sciences spaces, among others. The practice is complemented by the firm's strong private equity and capital markets teams, allowing it to handle all aspects of complex transactions. The team is led by the vastly experienced Robert Schwenkel, a go-to deal adviser for the likes of Goldman Sachs and a highly respected figure within the M&A sector. He is supported by Steven Epstein, who has a diverse practice, handling transactions and corporate issues for private and public companies, investment banking firms, and financial sponsors; and Philip Richter, who primarily advises public companies, and also works with financial advisers on issues such as fairness options. Matthew Soran is noted for his capabilities in investment-related matters, including carve-outs, joint ventures, and recapitalizations, as well as corporate governance issues. All named lawyers are in New York.

Practice head(s):

Robert Schwenkel; Steven Epstein; Philip Richter

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Soran

Key clients

Aleris Corporation

1-800 Contacts

CVS Health

The Menarini Group

Leidos, Inc.

Sinclair Broadcast Group

SPX Flow

Orix Corporation

Humana, Inc.

Catalent, Inc.

Regional News Network

Simon Properties Group

Permira Advisers

Onex Corporation

AEA Investors

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Ascential plc

Informatica

Merger control Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP boosted its Washington DC antitrust team with the eye-catching hire of Barry Nigro, who had previously served as Principal Assistant Attorney General at the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. Nigro arrives with extensive experience of high-profile and complex merger clearances. Elsewhere, the team advises on an array of public company and private equity-backed merger clearances, handling Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, agency investigations, and merger-related litigation. New York’s Nathaniel Asker is another key figure in the team, regularly representing clients before the DOJ and FTC. He also has expertise in deals in the technology, defense, aerospace, and consumer products sectors. The practice group also regularly handles cross-border filings and clearance proceedings, working in close collaboration with its London office. New York-based special counsel Aleksandr Livshits is also noted for his capabilities in multi-jurisdictional clearance proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Barry Nigro

Other key lawyers:

Nathaniel Asker; Aleksandr Livshits

Testimonials

‘Barry Nigro has the rare combination of DOJ and FTC expertise that is invaluable to clients who need to understand the agencies’ latest thinking.’

‘Fried Frank’s Antitrust practice is excellent at the big things and the small things. Not only do they have a great knowledge of the law, the markets, and how investigations work, but they are also great at guiding a company in both the pre-deal antitrust analysis and in any review of a transaction. Their relentless hard work and attention to detail is second to none. They also give you the thoughtful and insightful advice you need, not necessarily what you want to hear. ’

‘Nate Asker is excellent. He knows what he’s talking about. He’s great at talking to high level executives and CEOs and also good at explaining complicated concepts into simple easy to understand terms. He also puts in the time to really understand our business and thereby is well positioned to advise us. We also worked with Aleksandr Livshits, who was incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, responsive and very hardworking.’

‘The rejoining of Barry Nigro is a great move for the firm. His decades of experience generally, and recent experience as the number 2 lawyer in the Antitrust Division, makes him a knowledgeable and skilled counselor on a broad array of government enforcement matters.’

Key clients

Aleris Corporation

Leidos

Permira

1-800 Contacts

Aptos

Blackstone

Simon Property Group, Inc.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.

AEA Investors

SPX Flow

BlackRock, Inc.

Private equity buyouts Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP remains highly active in bulge-bracket private equity transactions, advising major repeat clients such as Permira, Fortress Investment Group, and Goldman Sachs on a variety of buyouts, exits, and investments. The team has seen an increase in tech-related transactions, and has maintained its market-leading seed-and-stake practice. Leaders of the team include Robert Schwenkel, an influential private equity name and regular adviser to RedBird and Permira; Christopher Ewan, who advised Aleris on its standout $2.8bn sale to Novelis; and Steven Steinman, who is a key relationship partner for AEA Investors, and also advises a bevy of major buyout funds and management teams of target companies. Mark Lucas is noted for his strong relationships with Goldman Sachs, Blackstone, and RedBird; and Randi Lally is recommended for advising funds on buyouts, exits, and minority investments, as well as working with investment management clients on GP stake transactions. In Washington DC, Brian Mangino has closed a number of notable tech transactions during 2020 in areas including machine vision, analytics, and AI; and Andrea Gede-Lange handled a variety of complex transactions for key clients such as Permira and New Mountain Capital. Named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Robert Schwenkel; Steven Steinman; Christopher Ewan

Other key lawyers:

Brian Mangino; Randi Lally; Andrea Gede-Lange; Mark Lucas

Testimonials

‘Overall, exceptional performance. Very client-focused, proactive, always on point, differentiated judgment, and balanced. They partner seamlessly with internal counsel. They have been outstanding in managing complex, cross-border transaction work, including managing external legal teams across jurisdictions and specialties.’

‘Mark Lucas is extremely client-centric. Thoughtful, nuanced and balanced judgment. Both legally and commercially analytical and rigorous. Overall, provides differentiated, consistent, keen counsel.’

‘High quality, commercial attorneys. Know how to balance getting the deal done with getting the perfect deal done.’

Key clients

AEA Investors

1-800 Contacts Inc.

Permira Advisers

RedBird Capital Partners

Fortress Investment Group

New Mountain Capital

Onex Corporation

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Dyal Capital Partners

SGS International

Yellow Wood Partners

Allocate Software

Aleris Inc.

Wafra Inc.

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

Rated by clients for its 'practical and economical advice', the team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has exceptional experience representing issuers and underwriters in REIT IPOs and public and private securities offerings. The firm has additional expertise in federal income tax matters and strategic corporate governance, and handles the full range of transactional matters, spanning M&A, joint ventures and spin-offs. Contacts in the team include practice head Stuart Barr, who focuses on M&A and capital markets transactions, and Cameron Cosby, a name to note for tax matters and real estate and partnership transactions. Both named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Barr

Other key lawyers:

Cameron Cosby

Testimonials

‘In my over 30 years in real estate tax, I have not had better service. They provide practical and economical advice. They look for easy solutions. They are extremely responsive.’

‘We often have to have Fried, Frank collaborate with our tax preparer and they seamlessly collaborate with them. They have no egos, which leads to exceptional collaboration.’

Capital markets: global offerings Tier 4

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP gains a steady pipeline of international offering mandates from its solid base in New York. The US team remains actively involved in deals originating from Europe and Latin America, including Brazil. Headed by Daniel Bursky, the global capital markets group has core strengths in the healthcare, telecoms, shipping and insurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Bursky

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Barkan; Mark Hayek; Joshua Wechsler; Joshua Coleman

Testimonials

‘Thorough knowledge of cross-border offerings and their unique characteristics. Excellent sense of what is market and how to maximize effectiveness for the client.’

‘Daniel Bursky and Joshua Coleman – Excellent judgment, straightforward advice, comprehensive knowledge of the market, diligent, prepared, efficient, effective.’

Key clients

Aerie Pharmaceuticals

At Home

Catalent

Emerald

Evoqua Water Technologies

Extended Stay

GMS

Goldman Sachs BDC

Harsco

Humana

Lithia Motors

LivePerson

Merck

The Navios Group (and related entities)

Perrigo

RedBall Acquisition Corp.

Tapestry (f/k/a Coach)

T-Mobile

Tradeweb Markets

Under Armour

Private Equity Sponsors

AEA Investors

Cranemere

Goldman Sachs

OMERS

Onex

Permira

Barclays

BofA Securities

Citi

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

Jefferies

JP Morgan

KeyBank

Morgan Stanley

Royal Bank of Canada

Wells Fargo

Allison Transmission

Athene

Carrier Global

Clarivate

Estée Lauder

Ladder Capital

OneWater Marine

Procter & Gamble

Quest Diagnostics

USAA Capital Corporation

Warrior Met Coal

W.R. Grace

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate Tier 5

Brad Eric Scheler is the key name in Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's New York office, leading teams from both the US and London, which advise clients on the investment in and the financial restructuring and rehabilitation of, distressed businesses, both out-of-court and in connection with formal restructuring and insolvency proceedings. The firm has experience representing both debtors and creditors in any troubled-company situation.

Practice head(s):

Brad Eric Scheler

Testimonials

‘Brad Eric Scheler is critical to the practice. He is very highly regarded as a deal lawyer.’

‘Brad Eric Scheler takes tough positions but works to find the “clearing price” in a negotiation, avoiding unnecessary and costly litigation.’

Commercial lending

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has one of the most active practices in the debt finance market, and has an excellent reputation among peers for advising private equity sponsors, investment banks, private companies and funds on transactions of numerous types. The group has a particular strength in direct lending, having acted as counsel to market-leading clients such as BlackRock and KKR. The team has a number of standout practitioners, including William Reindel, who specializes in fund financings. Daniel Bursky is another key name; in addition to leading the capital markets practice, Bursky works with investment banks, private equity firms and corporate borrowers on matters ranging from mezzanine financing and high-yield debt. Christian Nahr leads the leveraged finance group, which also includes Brian Murphy, Emil Buchman and Adam Summers.

Practice head(s):

Christian Nahr

Other key lawyers:

William Reindel; Daniel Bursky; Brian Murphy; Emil Buchman; Adam Summers

Key clients

At Home Group

Bank of America

Citi

Credit Suisse

Humana

IDEXX Laboratories

Informatica

ITT Corp.

Jefferies

MasTec

Onex Corporation

Permira

ProQuest

RedBird Capital Partners

T-Mobile

Tapestry

Under Armour

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises both corporations and individuals on high-profile investigations and prosecutions, bringing together the expertise of seasoned trial lawyers and experienced former federal prosecutors. The firm counts Fortune 500 companies and large international banks among its clients, regularly advising on issues arising from investigations brought by regulators and enforcement agencies around the globe. In December 2020, the firm welcomed the high-profile arrival of Geoffrey Berman, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who now heads up the practice group. Also recommended are James Wareham and Washington DC’s Stephen Juris, both noted for their record in white-collar crime matters. Also in 2020, Robin Henry and Motty Shulman joined the team from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, though Lawrence Gerschwer left for Barnes & Thornburg LLP, and Una Dean left for an in-house role at IBM. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Berman

Other key lawyers:

Evan Barr; Robin Henry; Motty Shulman; Steven Witzel; James Wareham; Stephen Juris

Key clients

Sean Stewart

Michael Marando

Fried Frank is a leading international law firm with approximately 500 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: regularly advises Fortune 500 companies around the world on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, government investigations, and civil and criminal trial and appellate litigation.

Asset management: offers a full range of services to financial institutions and private investment funds and advises on hedge funds and private equity funds, infrastructure funds, funds of funds and mezzanine funds.

Capital markets: represents issuers, underwriters, financial sponsors, selling stockholders, initial purchasers and dealer-managers in debt and equity securities offerings and related acquisition finance/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 restructuring and insolvency practices.

Executive compensation and employee benefits: offers counsel with respect to the structuring and implementation of a wide range of compensation and benefit plans and programs.

Finance: represents corporate lenders, lead arrangers, financial sponsors, direct lenders and hedge funds in connection with acquisition financing, recapitalization and debt restructuring.

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

Government contracts: helps clients navigate the complex maze of statutes and regulations at each stage of the government contracting process; regularly supports M&A activity in the aerospace and defense arena.

International arbitration: handles matters 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 litigation: brings a sophisticated, multi-disciplinary approach to matters involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights.

International trade and investment: regularly represents leading US and international investors, operating companies, and boards of directors in transactional, regulatory, enforcement and dispute resolution matters worldwide.

Litigation: represents global corporations and financial institutions in their most challenging, complex and important matters.

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 acquisitions and private equity: deals with private equity transactions and regularly provides counsel to prominent fund sponsors and investors on the full range of their investment-related activities.

Real estate/corporate real estate: counsels clients on acquisitions and sales of real estate property, portfolios and companies; joint ventures and structured investments; mortgage, mezzanine and construction financings; restructuring of distressed real estate; land use and zoning; leasing; development; real estate investment trusts; and litigation.

Restructuring and insolvency: regularly represents a wide range of clients in both formal bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings.

Tax: encompasses all principal forms of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, and hedge fund and private equity fund formations, acquisitions and dispositions.

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

White-collar defense, regulatory enforcement and investigations: has extensive experience guiding clients through a wide range of enforcement matters, and government and internal investigations.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aerospace and defense Brian T Mangino
Antitrust and competition Nathaniel L Asker
Asset management Lawrence N Barshay
Asset management Kenneth I Rosh
Banking and finance J Christian Nahr
Capital markets Daniel J Bursky
Environmental Donna Mussio
Executive compensation and ERISA Jeffrey Ross
Finance J Christian Nahr
Government contracts James J McCullough
International trade and investment Michael T Gershberg
Litigation James D Wareham
Mergers and acquisitions Steven Epstein
Mergers and acquisitions Philip Richter
Private acquisitions and private equity Christopher Ewan
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 Steven Witzel
Chairman David J Greenwald
Photo Name Position Profile
 Michael Alter photo Michael Alter Tax Partner.  Mr. Alter focuses on federal income taxation, with particular emphasis…
 Richard Ansbacher photo Richard Ansbacher Richard Ansbacher is a corporate partner resident in Washington, DC. Mr. Ansbacher…
 Stuart Barr photo Stuart Barr Mr. Barr is a corporate partner in the Capital Markets Practice and…
 Christopher Bell  photo Christopher Bell Litigation associate, Government Contracts Practice. Mr. Bell’s practice focuses on the representation…
 William Breslin photo William Breslin Mr. Breslin is a corporate partner in the Firm’s Asset Management Group.…
 Cameron Cosby photo Cameron Cosby Tax Partner.  For almost 30 years, Mr. Cosby has advised clients on…
 Michelle Gold  photo Michelle Gold Tax partner. Ms. Gold concentrates her practice in the area of federal…
 Matthew Joseph  photo Matthew Joseph Antitrust and Litigation Associate.  Mr. Joseph’s antitrust and competition practice focuses on…
 Alan Kaden photo Alan Kaden Tax Partner. Chair of Washington, DC Tax Department and managing partner of…
 Walid Khuri photo Walid Khuri Mr. Khuri is a corporate partner, resident in Washington, DC. His practice…
Mr Brian Mangino  photo Mr Brian Mangino Corporate partner. Focuses his practice on private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions,…
 James McCullough photo James McCullough Litigation Of Counsel and Head of Government Contracts. Mr. McCullough is litigation…
 Barry Nigro photo Barry Nigro Barry Nigro is Chair of Fried Frank’s Global Antitrust and Competition Department.…
Mr James Wareham  photo Mr James Wareham Global Chair of Litigation Department. Substantial experience in both civil and criminal…
 George Wolfe  photo George Wolfe Antitrust Associate.  Mr. Wolfe represents clients in merger control and anticompetitive conduct…
 Rebecca Neuschatz Zelenka photo Rebecca Neuschatz Zelenka Ms. Zelenka is a corporate partner, resident in the Firm’s Washington, DC…
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