Firm Profile > Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP > London, England
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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP maintains productive relationships with major asset managers and large-cap sponsors, working prolifically on fundraisings and spin-outs across private equity, venture capital, debt and credit, and infrastructure funds. The team works closely with the firm's integrated regulatory and tax practices, and has significant multi-jurisdictional expertise. Heading up the team are highly experienced pair Kate Downey, who works with major global and European fund managers on fund formation, spin-outs, and management restructurings, and Mark Mifsud, a regular adviser to prominent sponsors including Permira and Bain on fund formation matters across a variety of asset classes. David Christmas is noted for his role in complex spin-outs and restructurings, while Sam Wilson works with sponsors and financial institutions on co-investments, fund financing, and secondaries.
Vastly experienced veterans of the industry. A practical approach based on deep sector knowledge.
The team are incredibly helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. Everyone we have met, spoken with have been a pleasure to work with. Throughout the team, from partner down, the service at each level is great and our firm enjoy working with them all. They were a huge support to our firm and made our job much easier and the processes as pain free as they can be.
A friendly team who are willing to adapt to your internal practices and work collaboratively with you. They provide enough lead that gives you confidence a ball won’t be dropped without dominating. Very approachable, always willing to provide market insight or comparables.
Kate Downey is an exceptional lawyer. She is my go to resource for all legal matters and never fails to give detailed advice. She is also an invaluable resource when it comes to negotiating anything for the GP, which for a mid market GP, brings a lot of value to the table.
The funds team at Fried Frank are all great people to work with. Mark Mifsud, is involved heavily in our transactions and always available for advice,comments and meetings. Mark and James O’Shea have been a huge asset to our firm and ensured that our fund set up and the process for us and our investors have been smooth and pain free.
Sam Wilson has an intuitive understanding of the LP perspective
Robert MacVicar is a stand out associate. I have full confidence in his management. He is very personable and great to work with. He is very responsive and can be available to speak when needed.
David Christmas is available and involved at key turns of a fundraising and always willing to jump on a call when needed.
Gregg Beechey in regulatory is very helpful and willing to give a quick view on a complex matter when internal dependencies require a one sentence response.
BlueBay Asset Management
Palatine Private Equity
Danske Private Equity
Permira Debt Managers
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is engaged for a wide variety of investment-related matters; examples include acquisition and disposals of both single assets and portfolios, joint ventures and structures investments, leasing matters and property finance. Led by real estate capital markets expert Darren Rogers, the team excels in relation to all asset classes including office, retail, build to rent, mixed-use, hotels and leisure, logistics and healthcare. Cross-border work is a significant component of the practice owing to its close integration with the firm’s market leading US real estate department. Clients include asset managers, lenders, public and private companies, private equity and real estate funds, investment banks and family offices.
Other key lawyers:
‘Patrick Williams has supplied exceptional service, thorough due diligence and out of the box thinking to solve difficult issues.’
‘I really enjoy working with Fried Frank as I know that I can rely on their advice, expertise and sound approach.’
‘Darren Rogers, Patrick Williams and Devina Rana are very personable, knowledgeable and have provided clear, concise advice. They are technically very strong and also have the ability to take a commercial approach to complex subject matters.’
Invesco Real Estate
Madison International Realty
VGO Capital Partners
Aquamarine Capital Partners
SA Corporate Real Estate
Brookfield Asset Management
Jack Wills Limited (in administration) (now known as Pheasant Clothing (in administration))
Hedge funds Tier 3
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP advises institutional asset managers on fund formations and launches, investment strategies and secondary transactions, supported by the firm's finance and M&A practices. The team prioritises high-value and complex mandates, working with notable clients in the UK and US including Tudor and CCPIB. Mark Mifsud supports funds and managers on corporate finance and transactional matters. Former practice head David Selden joined PwC LLP in 2020.
APG Asset Management
Tudor Investment Corporation
New Holland Capital
Bolstered by a number of strategic hires in recent years, including Neil Caddy's arrival from Milbank in February 2019, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is an increasingly viable option to lenders and borrowers seeking sophisticated financing expertise which utilises UK and US-governed debt products throughout the capital structure. Caddy recently teamed up with 'detail-oriented' Jons Lehmann to advise Spain-based telecoms company, MÁSMÓVIL, in connection with the launch of a €1.7bn cov-lite term loan B - a deal which also involved the novel use of ESG criteria into its accompanying revolving credit facility.
EU and competition Tier 5
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s team is well-equipped to handle merger clearance aspects of high-value transactions, fielding a team led by the well-regarded Tobias Caspary, who has a ‘very hands-on approach’ and ‘goes the extra mile for the client’. Another key facet of the group’s work involves advising clients on their global competition strategy and assuming a multi-jurisdictional coordinating role. Its varied client roster includes global financial institutions, private equity firms, and public and private companies.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Fried Frank is extremely experienced and well versed in EU competition and US antitrust laws. In addition to their breadth of experience, they are practical and equipped to guide clients through the incredibly complex process of obtaining HSR approval and EU commission approval in a seamless way.’
‘ A small London-based team that punches above its weight.’
‘Tobias Caspary is very hands on and goes the extra mile for the client.’
‘Fried Frank does not have a large antitrust team, but when comparing their European antitrust practice, led by Toby Caspary, to other highly rated practitioners, it’s not even a close competition. Toby and team really take the time to understand the nuances of the business, the delicate business aspects of the proposed transaction, and have a real gift of clear communication. Toby is the guy you want to put in front of the European Commission and your board of directors.’
‘Toby Caspary and team are by far and away the most client-focused antitrust team I’ve worked with globally. Toby knows how to communicate with in-house counsel and executive teams, and even more important is very adept at reading the subtleties and nuances of regulators. His communication skills and persuasive writing style are off the charts. He’s exceedingly polite and easy to work with – he’s the real deal.’
‘The team led by Tobias Caspary is very hands-on, hugely reliable, does not miss any points and – most importantly – goes the extra mile in the interest of the client. Extremely well performing.’
New Mountain Capital
Parques Reunidos Group
Acquisition finance Tier 6
The 'efficient, detailed and responsive' team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is better positioned to represent its lender and borrower client base as a result of some recent hires, including Neil Caddy's arrival from Milbank in February 2019. Alongside the 'detail-oriented' Jons Lehmann, Caddy has already handled numerous complex financing transactions for clients, implementing UK and US financial products and regularly working alongside colleagues based in the firm's New York office.
‘Every member of the team, from most junior to senior, is exquisitely talented’
‘Fried Frank has an excellent team of highly skilled professionals and has solid expertise in handling commercial litigation. Very pragmatic team with a very hands-on approach. They are a very responsive team, thorough and efficient. Their work is highly solution-oriented and precise. They have the ability to explain complex legal matters in an understandable way.‘
‘Fried Frank is genuinely one of the most responsive law firms I have ever worked with. The advice is fast, strategic and tactical advice but to the point. All members of the team are available and on hand to assist 24/7.‘
‘James Kitching stands out. He is a very experienced and knowledgeable litigator with convincing pleading skills. He is a formidable advocate and excellent strategist. He is one of the most agile litigators I have ever met.‘
‘James Kitching is one of the best litigators in the City. James is meticulous. He is a strategic thinker that has a good knowledge of the law and instlls a high level of confidence.’
‘I work with a wide-range of litigation firms in the London (and international) markets and, while a lot are the same, I do think that Fried Frank is unique. Right from the beginning of a case, the team is able to identify the key issues quickly, understand the detail and provide all-important strategic and commercial advice. In addition, they are an agile team who can (and do) scale teams rapidly to respond to specific cases and crisis situations within the timescales required. I cannot recommend them highly enough.‘
Experienced in European and US financial services regulation and compliance, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acts for global private equity firms, financial institutions, hedge fund managers, investment advisers, family offices and institutional investors across a range of matters. The firm advises on regulatory issues associated with fund formation for closed- and open-ended funds, as well as hybrid funds. Gregg Beechey leads the team and specialises in regulation facing fund managers. Also notable is senior associate Zac Mellor-Clark, who focuses on alternative investment funds and the EU alternative investment fund managers directive.
Other key lawyers:
‘Gregg Beechey and Zac Mellor-Clark are incredibly responsive and always provide practical advice. They work really well together and complement each other’s styles’
Bain Capital / Bain Capital Credit
BlackRock Investment Management
BlueBay Asset Management
Brookfield Asset Management
HPS Investment Partners
Permira / Permira Debt Managers
Palatine Private Equity
Tudor Investment Corporation
International arbitration Tier 6
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP 'understands clients' demands perfectly and satisfies them quickly with an execution-oriented approach'. The team frequently acts in high-stakes international arbitration matters. With a substantial portion of his practice focused on arbitration, James Kitching handles a number of the firm’s largest cases. Focused on energy and natural resources disputes, barrister James Barratt joined as partner from Squire Patton Boggs.
Other key lawyers:
‘James Barratt. First class international disputes lawyer. Exceptionally well regarded in his field. Strategic, commercial and innovative.’
‘The team is extremely well structured and experienced in dealing with major arbitration and litigation cases all across the world. It has a network of partners across the world, all leading law firms, and they cooperate very well together. Top class arbitration and litigation practice!’
‘James Kitching – Very astute and really thinks strategically about a case.’
‘James Barratt – Great attention to detail.’
‘James Kitching is fantastic at seeing the big picture and understanding how to present the case in the best possible light. Leigh Mallon has an incredible eye for detail, and a detailed understanding of the accounting aspects to the case. His overall case management are also great, particularly given the complexities relating to size of the disclosure, as well as the number of witnesses and experts.’
‘Fried Frank has an excellent team of highly skilled professionals and has a solid expertise in handling international arbitration. Very pragmatic team with a very hands-on approach. They are a very responsive team, thorough and efficient. Their work is highly solution-oriented and precise. They have the ability to explain complex legal matters in an understandable way.’
‘James Kitching stands out. He is a very experienced and knowledgeable litigator with convincing pleading skills. He is a formidable advocate and excellent strategist. He is one of the most agile litigators I have ever met.’
‘Leigh Mallon is a strong litigator, able to master highly complex disputes. He is extremely competent, smart, thorough, well organised and a quick-thinker. Leigh’s professional, hands-on approach to the case and his organisation skills are unique.’
Alfa Duty Free
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP represents US and UK clients operating in the media, industrials and real estate sectors and also has good experience advising financial institutions. Ian Lopez is a name to note, with experience advising on both hostile and recommended public takeovers.
Other key lawyers:
‘Went above and beyond to ensure client service in negotiation, turnaround time and global support in the US, London and the UAE’
‘Ian Lopez provided the highest level of service and quality that I have received from an outside lawyer. He is truly exceptional – smart, creative, and literally tireless. His advice is always top-notch, and he is a tenacious and talented negotiator’
‘When I have Ian representing me I have total confidence that I am getting the best legal advice, and also that every detail will be covered as it should be.‘
The team is very efficient, works seamlessly and ensures continuity round the clock, taking advantage of their international presence, especially in New York and in London. They have great resources and a very talented team of people that promote clients’ interests.
They are innovative and hardworking. It is a small but dynamic team with very quick response times and clever ideas.
Ashley Katz is a very effective, highly experienced, insolvency and restructuring specialist.
The energetic and focused Ashley Katz has a wealth of knowledge, is well networked, commercial and good at technical detail.
Ashley Katz has great legal knowledge, an eye for detail and a knack for finding innovative solutions.
Amy Faraday has an excellent work ethic and displays superb attention to detail.
Sberbank of Russia
Simon Conway and Jess Shakespeare of PwC
The Gaucho Restaurant Group
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP > Firm Profile
Chairman: David J Greenwald
London Managing Partner: Mark Mifsud
THE FIRM Fried Frank advises the world’s leading corporations, investment funds and financial institutions on their most critical legal needs and business opportunities. The firm’s approximately 500 lawyers are based in North America and Europe.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Antitrust & Competition:
The practice works with the firm’s corporate and litigation practices to provide counsel on core areas, including the global regulation of M&A, government and criminal investigations, and risk management and compliance.
The practice advises on hedge funds, private equity/buyout funds, credit funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, hybrid funds and also mezzanine funds and related products. It also handles compliance and regulatory issues and covers the full spectrum of derivatives products.
The practice advises clients on complex and innovative corporate structures and cross-border transactions, representing the full spectrum of international market participants, including issuers, underwriters, investors, stockholders, initial purchasers and dealer-managers.
The practice represents private equity sponsors, corporations, lead arrangers, direct lenders and investment vehicles in connection with acquisition financing, recapitalisation, fund-level financing and debt restructuring.
Litigation & International Arbitration:
The practice represents global corporations, financial institutions and individuals on complex domestic and cross-border disputes, whether they involve commercial litigation, international arbitration, or white-collar crime and enforcement. It also has distinct expertise handling freezing injunction cases within the UK market.
M&A and Private Equity:
The practice represents the full spectrum of players, including public and private corporations, private equity firms and investment banks on complex transactions including private M&A, public company mergers, spin-off / split-off transactions, takeover defence, proxy contests, and restructuring transactions. The practice 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.
The practice counsels clients in all facets of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions of real estate properties, portfolios and companies; joint ventures and structured investments; real estate finance; real estate funds; complex leasing arrangements and property advisory work; and restructuring of distressed real estate.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
The practice represents clients in both 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.
The practice has a wealth of experience of corporate transactional work, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, spin-offs and joint ventures. It includes hedge fund and private equity fund formations, tax issues associated with financings, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and restructuring matters, and international tax planning.
|Gregg Beechey||Mr. Beechey is a corporate partner in Fried Frank’s asset management practice,…||View Profile|
|Neil Caddy||Mr. Caddy is a partner in the corporate department and the finance…||View Profile|
|Tobias Caspary||Dr. Caspary is a partner in the antitrust department and divides his…||View Profile|
|Kathryn Cecil||Ms. Cecil is a partner in the corporate department and the finance…||View Profile|
|Kate Downey||An asset management partner and head of Fried Frank’s European private equity…||View Profile|
|Graham Greenwood||Mr. Greenwood is an associate in Fried Frank’s finance practice, resident in…||View Profile|
|Ashley Katz||Mr. Katz is a restructuring and insolvency partner resident in Fried Frank’s…||View Profile|
|James Kitching||Mr. Kitching is a barrister and dispute resolution partner resident in Fried…||View Profile|
|Jons Lehmann||Mr. Lehmann is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank’s London office.…||View Profile|
|Ian Lopez||Mr. Lopez is a partner in the corporate department and the mergers…||View Profile|
|Leigh Mallon||Mr. Mallon is a Solicitor Advocate in Fried Frank’s London office. He…||View Profile|
|Justin Michaelson||A dispute resolution partner and a dual qualified barrister and solicitor advocate.…||View Profile|
|Mark Mifsud||Mr. Mifsud is an asset management partner and the managing partner of…||View Profile|
|Dan Oates||Mr. Oates is a partner in Fried Frank’s corporate department and private…||View Profile|
|Ashar Qureshi||Mr. Qureshi is a partner in the corporate department and head of…||View Profile|
|Darren Rogers||Mr. Rogers is a partner and head of Fried Frank’s European real…||View Profile|
|Simon Saitowitz||Mr. Saitowitz is a partner in Fried Frank’s corporate department and private…||View Profile|
|Duncan Saunders||Mr. Saunders is a senior associate in Fried Frank’s Litigation team, based…||View Profile|
|David Selden||David W. Selden is counsel in Fried Frank’s Corporate Department and Asset…||View Profile|
|Patrick Williams||Mr. Williams is a partner in Fried Frank’s European real estate group,…||View Profile|
|Sam Wilson||Mr. Wilson is a corporate partner in Fried Frank’s asset management practice,…||View Profile|
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Private funds (including infrastructure funds)
- Commercial property: investment
- Hedge funds
- Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- EU and competition
- Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)
- Acquisition finance
- Commercial litigation: premium
- Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- International arbitration
- M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
- Corporate restructuring & insolvency