Firm Profile > Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP > London, England

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
100 Bishopsgate
LONDON
EC2N 4AG
England

Private funds Tier 2

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP combines regular work for blue-chip fund managers with advice to institutional and specialist fund sponsors, including venture capital and ESG-focused funds. Alongside work for private equity buyout, infrastructure, credit, and debt funds, the 'knowledgeable and hardworking' team advises on secondaries, fund manager spin-outs, and platform launches. The practice is led by European private equity funds head Kate Downey, who advises high-profile fund managers on the structuring and raising of global and European-focused investment funds , alongside London managing partner Mark Mifsud, who remains highly active on fundraisings, secondaries, and co-investment structures. David Christmas has a particular emphasis on complex multi-jurisdictional fund structures, particularly within Europe, while Sam Wilson is also a standout team member, particularly within private equity fundraising and management matters. At senior associate level, Piers Harris is noted for his work on venture and ESG investments, with Karen Henderson active on behalf of many of the firm's high-profile clients.

Practice head(s):

Kate Downey; Mark Mifsud

Other key lawyers:

David Christmas; Sam Wilson; Piers Harris; Karen Henderson

Testimonials

Great people with deep experience, particularly Mark Mifsud and Kate Downey. A good pool of associates coming through the ranks.

Mark Mifsud – very clever but also comes up with great strategic solutions for clients.

Kate Downey – super intelligent and very calm and measured.’

Kate Downey offers excellent service. Not only is she incredibly effective and adds value on every engagement, but she has a great network of peers in other fields and is always able to make appropriate introductions.’

Knowledgeable and hardworking team.

Mark Mifsud – a veteran of the funds industry with all of the experience and expertise that entails.

Key clients

Arcmont Asset Management

Bain Capital

Balderton Capital (UK) LLP

BlackRock

Bluebay Asset Management

Cairngorm Capital

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Corten Capital

Crescent Capital Europe

CVC Credit Partners

Danske Private Equity

FSN Capital

Goldman Sachs

Greencoat Capital

HSBC Asset Management

iCON Infrastructure

Investec Bank PLC

Kennet Partners

Neuberger Berman

Norvestor Equity

Octopus Investment Limited

Palatine Private Equity

Permira / Permira Credit

Pioneer Point Partners

RoundShield Partners

Rutland Partners LLP

VGO Capital Partners

Vision Capital

Vitol SA

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a powerhouse in the US real estate market and also has a strong offering in Europe under the leadership of former SJ Berwin and Ashurst partner Darren Rogers; he and his team are well-positioned to serve bluechip clients active on both sides of the Atlantic and excel in providing a full lifecycle service from asset creation and enhancement through to realisation. The group possesses expert knowledge of a wide range of asset classes including offices, retail, logistics, light industrial and the living sectors. Patrick Williams, who joined the firm with Rogers in 2017, is praised for his 'inimitable style and rare charisma'.

Practice head(s):

Darren Rogers

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Williams

Testimonials

‘The team provides an unmatched service – we recognise the value they add and believe them to best in class in the sector.’

‘Darren Rogers – smart, commercial, quickly understands issues and acts on them.’

‘Patrick Williams stands out, because a call from Patrick begins with an unerringly direct approach to finding a way through whatever problem is before us – he delivers with inimitable style and rare charisma whilst being a clever man of insight.’

‘A well resourced team who are capable of handling more complex real estate transactions.’

‘Patrick Williams is a go-to adviser who provides clear, pithy advice with a real ability to convey complex issues in an easy to understand way. He is incredibly responsive and accommodating of the tight transaction timeframes we work under as a business and has a genuine ability to think outside of the box and provide innovative solutions to funding and development issues.’

‘The Fried Frank team uniquely have made a real effort to get to know me personally and I have a rapport with them that is absent in other professional relationships. This is to their absolute credit. They are commercially astute and take the lead, but harvest all available intelligence to best inform their advice, including by listening to my perspective and the advice of other co-professionals.’

‘Full service firm with strong, commercially minded partners and expertise across a wide range of practice areas. Good work ethic, available at all times, work delivered is reliably high quality.’

Key clients

Invesco Real Estate

Madison International Realty

Alteri Partners

Jack Wills Limited (in administration)

Brookfield Asset Management

Goldman Sachs

Roundhill Capital

Cove Communities

China Investment Corporation

VGO Capital Partners

Fund finance Tier 3

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP primarily undertakes sponsor-side work, advising major institutional asset managers and mid-market players on a diverse range of fund financing transactions. The team collaborates with its New York office and wider global asset management, tax and corporate departments; this makes it well-placed to handle complex cross-border mandates involving specific areas, such as funds of one and BDCs. The group is jointly led by Kathryn Cecil and Jons Lehmann, whose expertise spans traditional and specialised facilities. Senior associate Graham Greenwood is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Cecil; Jons Lehmann

Other key lawyers:

Graham Greenwood

Testimonials

‘They have their fingers on the pulse of innovation in ESG finance, and Kathryn Cecil knows how to deliver it under pressure.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, commercial and up to date with recent developments but at the same time is happy to call on expertise from other departments.’

‘Always prepared to assist with any questions or queries and will make time to discuss on a call.’

Key clients

BlackRock

Goldman Sachs

iCON Infrastructure

Palatine Private Equity

CVC Credit Partners

Arcmont Asset Management

Norvestor

Greencoat Capital

Cambridge Innovation Capital

HSBC

Corporate tax Tier 4

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has 'strong experience' in advising on the tax aspects of private investment funds and corporate transactions, handling a variety of matters from mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, through to spin-offs and joint ventures. Nick Thornton heads up the practice and has a notable cross-border tax practice with significant experience advising clients on the tax aspects of fund formations, financings, M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nick Thornton

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Bramall

Testimonials

Strong experience and excellent client empathy in fund formation work.’

FF very much works with an integrated fund/reg and tax team and provides tailored advice, tax solutions that work from a regulatory perspective and vice versa.’

Nick Thornton – extremely sharp and pragmatic and a fun person.’

Nick Thornton is a very skilled lawyer and knows what is going on in the market.’

Key clients

Permira

Bank of America Securities

BlueBay Asset Management

HSBC Global Asset Management (UK)

Bain Capital LLC

BlackRock

Goldman Sachs

Domino’s Pizza Group plc

Jacobs Engineering Group

Madison International Realty

HPS Investment Partners

Debt capital markets Tier 4

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a broad-ranging capital markets practice that handles both debt and equity transactions, including high-yield and investment-grade bonds. The firm has a small practice that acts as a high-end boutique, handling novel transactions rather than volume work for both issuers and underwriters. Clients describe head of EMEA transactions Ashar Qureshi as 'one of the very smartest, most innovative and all around best lawyers in London'. He acted for Goldman Sachs BDC in its recent offering of $500m in notes. John Satory is respected for his work in the Nordics and Benelux, though he also advises on US and European issuance, a recent example of which is a $1.1bn senior notes offering by Humana Inc. Special counsel Taylor Souter is highly recommended by clients for representing issuers and underwriters in both equity and debt capital markets transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ashar Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

John Satory; Taylor Souter

Testimonials

‘Ashar Qureshi makes the practice unique – he is simply one of the very smartest, most innovative and all around best lawyers in London.’

‘I just think Ash Qureshi is an amazing lawyer and dealmaker. I love working with him and recommend him as often as I can.’

‘Taylor Souter is an exceptional lawyer. His US background combined with his European understanding of transactions makes him ideal for any European company entering the US capital markets. Considering his location in the UK he is available to meet both European and American time zone needs.’

Key clients

Merck & Co

Deutsche Bank

HSBC

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs

Humana

Catalent

Barclays

Liquid Telecommunications

Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation

Novelis Inc.

Bank of America

Citi Group

RBC Capital Markets

Wells Fargo Securities

KeyBanc Capital markets

Just Eat Takeaway.com

AkzoNobel

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's 'responsive and knowledgeable' partner-led team is particularly accomplished at advising lenders and borrowers engaged in often highly bespoke financing mandates, including those utilising UK and US-governed debt products throughout the capital structure. The 'practical and innovative' Jons Lehmann regularly handles investment grade finance transactions as part of his eclectic finance offering.

Other key lawyers:

Neil Caddy; Jons Lehmann; Graham Greenwood

Testimonials

They always provide top quality advice, with a high degree of partner attention. They are extremely responsive and knowledgeable on all matters that they advise us on.’

The individual members of the team are all knowledgeable in their field and bring market experience to the project or negotiations.’

The Fried Frank team takes a practical stance, which makes the advice and support more relevant and useful to the client.’

Neil Caddy is brilliant. He is commercial, direct and hands on.’

Jons Lehmann offers practical advice and brings innovative legal solutions and market experience to their work.’

Key clients

Ares Management

Golub Capital

Citi

Bank of America

KeyBank

Goldman Sachs

JPMorgan

Morgan Stanley

EU and competition Tier 5

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP focuses on international merger control work, with the London team regularly supporting the firm's US offices on high profile profile M&A transactions, often for private equity firms. Led in London by 'intelligent and approachable' Tobias Caspary, the team often handles complex matters at both UK and EU level, including phase II investigations by the European Commission.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Caspary

Other key lawyers:

Neda Moussavi

Testimonials

Fried Frank is a solid and experienced full-service law firm.’

I have worked extensively with Tobias Caspary. I find Toby intelligent and approachable and willing to take the time to understand how his client wishes to work and to accommodate that. Also very impressed with the quality of his advice. I consider him to be a knowledgeable, practical and commercially minded lawyer.’

Key clients

Aleris Corporation (Aleris)

Novelis Corporation

Goldman Sachs

AEA Investors LLP

Liberty Global

Jacobs Engineering

Onex Corporation

SPX Flow, Inc.

Permira

Advent International / Circet

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

The regulatory and compliance group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is an integral part of the firm's asset management practice; and lawyers advise private equity houses, financial institutions, hedge fund managers and institutional investors on regulatory issues spanning the life-cycle of their funds. The group is led by Gregg Beechey and includes associate Nishkaam Paul, who is most noted for alternative investment funds work.

Practice head(s):

Gregg Beechey

Other key lawyers:

Zac Mellor-Clark; Nishkaam Paul

Testimonials

The Fried Frank fund team have a great depth of knowledge and experience. It feels like you are in safe hands with this team.’

I find Gregg Beechey a pleasure to work with. He is an excellent problem solver and provides clear answers to our questions, which is not always the case from legal professionals.’

Commercially minded and willing to assist with coming up with business solutions.’

Gregg Beechey is always available and gives simple, practical advice that enables the business to move forward and make commercial decisions.’

The team is very practical and pragmatic. They are not there just to tell me the law but to find a solution and are not afraid to use technology to deliver their advice.’

Gregg Beechey and Zac Mellor-Clark work very well together to make sure one of them responds quickly and clearly.’

Strengths: Ability to take a complex element of regulation and explain its relevance to the issue clearly and concisely. Able to apply proportionality to the problem and offer reassurance with regulatory reference to support the thinking.’

Key clients

Accel Partners

Arcmont Asset Management

Bain Capital / Bain Capital Credit

Balderton Capital

BlackRock Investment Management

BlueBay Asset Management

Brookfield Asset Management

Crescent Capital Group

Dyal Capital Partners (a division of Neuberger Berman)

Goldman Sachs

Greencoat Capital

iCON Infrastructure

HPS Investment Partners

Kennet

Mid Europa Partners

Permira / Permira Debt Managers

Palatine Private Equity

StepStone Group

Acquisition finance Tier 6

Well-positioned to exploit the continued convergance of the debt finance markets, both in terms of products and geographies, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's small but nimble team provides 'top quality advice' to borrowers and lenders, particularly on cross-border mandates involving a combination of UK and US-law governed debt products. The 'brilliant' Neil Caddy is the main contact within the team and advises a vibrant mix of banks, funds and corporates on sophisticated financing techniques involving a range of products throught the capital structure, including cov-lite TLB, bank/bond and unitranche.

Other key lawyers:

Neil Caddy; Jons Lehmann; Graham Greenwood

Testimonials

‘The fantastic team always provides top quality advice, with a high degree of partner attention. The lawyers are extremely responsive and knowledgeable on all matters that they advise us on.’

Neil Caddy is brilliant. He is commercial, direct and hands on.’

 

Key clients

AEA Investors

Alteri Investors

Jacobs Engineering

MASMOVIL IBERCOM, S.A.

Pemberton Capital Advisors

Ares Management

Golub Capital

Citi

Bank of America

KeyBank

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 6

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's team is 'very good at punching above its weight' according to clients and counts pharmaceutical, telecoms, financial services and real estate companies among its sectors of expertise. The 'outstanding' James Kitching leads the team, which includes 'a pool of talented and passionate associates'. Justin Michaelson and Leigh Mallon joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):

James Kitching

Testimonials

Very good at punching above its weight. Able to focus resources and every team member is very good.’

James Kitching is outstanding. Very good at leading a team. Able to manage a very complex case strategically.

James Kitching – one of the best I have seen at seeing the big picture and making complex arguments sound simple and uncontroversial. Supported by a pool of talented and passionate associates who take ownership and add to the world-class experience.

Key clients

Perrigo Company Plc

Perrigo Ireland 2

Cerner Corporation

Cerner Limited

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Led by the 'very experienced and commercially-minded' Ashley Katz , Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's'London restructuring team'excels in finding solutions in difficult cases', from both a restructuring as well as formal insolvency perspective. A significant amount of the deal flow comes from funds, with clients also attracted to the firm's US presence. The arrival of the 'pragmatic and technically astuteMandip Englund  in February 2021 from Reed Smith LLP strengthens the team's expertise across a range of cross-border distressed and insolvency matters, for both debtors and creditors.

Practice head(s):

Ashley Katz

Other key lawyers:

Mandip Englund; Amy Faraday

Testimonials

The team has great industry knowledge and provides clear commercial advice.’

Fried Frank is top of the tree. It delivers the services in high end matters that one would hope for.’

They are very commercially minded and can find solutions in difficult cases.’

‘The highly knowledgable, diligent, and very well respected Ashley Katz is an outstanding restructuring and insolvency specialist.’

Ashley Katz is a very experienced commercially minded lawyer who can work very well with other lawyers worldwide in multi-jurisdictional matters.

‘Mandip Englund is pragmatic and technically astute.’

Key clients

Alteri Partners

Jack Wills Limited (in administration)

KPMG

CX Reinsurance Company Limited (in administration)

Ernst & Young

International arbitration Tier 6

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's London-based international arbitration practice comprises two barrister partners, namely 'outstanding' group chair James Kitching, who acts across a range of sectors; and 'incredibly intelligent and dedicated' international arbitration specialist James Barratt, whose track record includes being the sole or lead advocate in over 50 international arbitrations. Dispute resolution specialist Duncan Saunders was promoted to special counsel in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

James Kitching

Other key lawyers:

James Barratt; Duncan Saunders

Testimonials

They are very impressive, quick, with sound judgement, and great strategic thinkers.

A small team but very good, and able to run a very large case with focused individuals.

James Kitching is great at leading the team through long arbitrations.

James Kitching is an outstanding partner.

James Kitching is one of the best for seeing the big picture and making complex arguments sound simple and uncontroversial, and he is supported by a pool of talented and passionate associates who take ownership and add to the world-class experience.

James Barratt is of high intellectual quality and also very pleasant to work with.

James Barratt is exceptional – incredibly intelligent and dedicated.

James Barratt is an experienced advocate with sound judgement.

Key clients

Perrigo Company

Perrigo Ireland 2

Cerner

M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+ Tier 6

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's London M&A practice regularly works on big-ticket, cross-border transactions for a strong roster of blue-chip companies, investment banks, and financial services corporations. The practice is jointly led by Ian Lopez, noted for his healthcare sector skills, and Dan Oates, who is equally fluent across both  public M&A and private equity matters. Nicholas Skill is experienced in a broad range of corporate finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ian Lopez; Dan Oates

Testimonials

‘The Fried Frank team come up with innovative solutions to solve issues to get a transaction done quickly whilst protecting us from undue risk’

‘Ian Lopez and Nicholas Skill are a pleasure to work with. We can have frank conversations and can challenge each other’s perspective which generally results in a better outcome for us, the client. They are able to engage specialist input on tap when required.’

Key clients

LumiraDx Limited

Mayo Clinic

Future plc

Jacobs Engineering Group

Aleris International

AEA Investors

Domino’s Pizza Group plc

Allocate Software Limited

Guardian Media Group

Premier Oil

Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+) Tier 6

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's broad private equity practice handles buyouts, investments, and disposals for clients including a number of US funds. The team has a particular niche in advising on private equity GP stake transactions. As well as handling investments in sectors including retail, tech, and consumer goods, the practice acts on secondary transactions involving portfolios of investments. Simon Saitowitz, Dan Oates, and Ian Lopez are the key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Oates

Other key lawyers:

Simon Saitowitz; Ian Lopez

Testimonials

‘Full service firm with strong, commercially-minded partners and expertise across a wide range of practice areas. Good work ethic, available at all times, work delivered is reliably high quality.’

‘Simon Saitowitz is highly commercial, very helpful, easy to work with, particularly strong and thoughtful expertise around preferred and structured equity transactions.’

Key clients

AEA Investors

Kartesia Management

Zoovu

Francisco Partners

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Aleris Corporation (Oaktree/Apollo)

Yellow Wood Partners

Allocate Software

Dyal Capital Partners

APG Asset Management

Kennet Advisors

Jacobs Engineering

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.

Asset Management:
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.

Capital Markets:

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.

Finance:
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.

Real Estate:
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.

Tax:
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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gregg Beechey photo Gregg Beechey Mr. Beechey is a corporate partner in Fried Frank’s asset management practice,…
 Neil Caddy photo Neil Caddy Mr. Caddy is a partner in the corporate department and the finance…
 Tobias Caspary photo Tobias Caspary Dr. Caspary is a partner in the antitrust department and divides his…
 Kathryn Cecil photo Kathryn Cecil Ms. Cecil is a partner in the corporate department and the finance…
 Kate Downey photo Kate Downey An asset management partner and head of Fried Frank’s European private equity…
 Graham Greenwood  photo Graham Greenwood Mr. Greenwood is an associate in Fried Frank’s finance practice, resident in…
 Ashley Katz photo Ashley Katz Mr. Katz is a restructuring and insolvency partner resident in Fried Frank’s…
 James Kitching photo James Kitching Mr. Kitching is a barrister and dispute resolution partner resident in Fried…
 Jons Lehmann  photo Jons Lehmann Mr. Lehmann is a corporate partner resident in Fried Frank’s London office.…
 Ian Lopez photo Ian Lopez Mr. Lopez is a partner in the corporate department and the mergers…
 Justin Michaelson photo Justin Michaelson A dispute resolution partner and a dual qualified barrister and solicitor advocate.…
 Mark Mifsud photo Mark Mifsud Mr. Mifsud is an asset management partner and the managing partner of…
 Dan Oates photo Dan Oates Mr. Oates is a partner in Fried Frank’s corporate department and private…
 Ashar Qureshi photo Ashar Qureshi Mr. Qureshi is a partner in the corporate department and head of…
 Darren Rogers photo Darren Rogers Mr. Rogers is a partner and head of Fried Frank’s European real…
 Simon Saitowitz  photo Simon Saitowitz Mr. Saitowitz is a partner in Fried Frank’s corporate department and private…
 Duncan Saunders photo Duncan Saunders Mr. Saunders is a senior associate in Fried Frank’s Litigation team, based…
 David Selden photo David Selden Mr. Selden is counsel in Fried Frank’s corporate department and asset management…
 Patrick Williams photo Patrick Williams Mr. Williams is a partner in Fried Frank’s European real estate group,…
 Sam Wilson photo Sam Wilson Mr. Wilson is a corporate partner in Fried Frank’s asset management practice,…