Firm Profile > Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP > London, England
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP Offices
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Hedge funds Tier 3
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's hedge funds offering forms a key part of its broader asset management practice. Working closely with the US funds team, the London group advises some of the largest and most well-known market participants on a broad cross-section of mandates. David Selden advises Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on various matters, including making anchor and seed investments in hedge funds managed from the UK, the US and Asia. On the sponsor side, Selden and others act for Tudor Investment Corporation on fund formation and regulatory matters, in addition to the negotiation and documentation of managed account structures.
‘The team has an incredibly deep knowledge of hedge funds’
David Selden is a star. He is knowledgeable, practical and incredibly efficient‘
APG Asset Management
Capstone Investment Advisors
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”)
Tudor Investment Corporation
Brookfield Investment Management
Private funds Tier 3
Combining 'technical excellence in the law with commercial street smarts', Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's asset management department handles a steady stream of work involving private equity, credit and real estate assets. The firm has also seen an upswing in mandates in the energy and natural resources sector. Global tax and regulatory capabilities ensure the group is able to structure bespoke products in the funds market. Kate Downey leads the team in London, alongside New York duo Kenneth Rosh and Lawrence Barshay. Also highly recommended is London managing partner Mark Mifsud, whose practice is focused on GP representation across a wide range of funds. Recent highlights include Mifsud and others acting for RoundShield on the raising of its third European special opportunities fund at €500m; the fund was almost three times oversubscribed. The group hired Sam Wilson from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in September 2018.
‘The Fried Frank private funds team combines exceptional industry knowledge and insight with first rate legal service. The team understands the commercial drivers behind fund structures and well as the assets classes they are structured around, which is essential in delivering superior results. The team also provides exceptional fiduciary advice‘.
‘I would highly recommend the Fried Frank team. It goes without saying that all practitioners have incredible knowledge and practical experience in the funds sector, but they are also a pleasure to work with‘.
‘Fried Frank have been integral to our firm’s growth and have helped us from Fund I. Their support and advice has been invaluable through the numerous hurdles and milestones we experienced‘.
‘The team is always accommodating and works towards our often very tight deadlines. It works seamlessly with our corresponding offshore lawyers and administrators‘.
‘Kate Downey is a rare combination of an exceptional technical lawyer and a practical and commercially-driven provider of solutions. She also provides excellent fiduciary advice on complicated issues not answerable in the four corners of the document or in the governing law’.
‘Ken Rosh is one of the few people who understands the unique issues and challenges of the current market dynamics his clients are operating in‘.
‘Mark Mifsud’s personality is a big part of the firm’s London profile‘.
‘We see Sam Wilson as an extended arm of our internal legal team because he works so seamlessly. We can always count on Sam for strategic advice, both during fundraising and after‘.
Clients recommend Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP for its ‘strong knowledge' and 'fantastic deal management’. Darren Rogers heads the City practice which is closely integrated with the firm’s New York office and is active on a range of cross-border matters in the UK and across Europe. Particular strengths include portfolio acquisition and disposals, joint ventures and structured investments, real estate finance and funds, leasing arrangements and restructuring matters. Rogers joined the firm from Ashurst in 2017 alongside the 'exceptional' Patrick Williams, who also advises on the full spectrum of transactional real estate matters.
‘Strong knowledge and capability on real estate matters. High problem solving skills based on fact based decisions. Good interaction across the team with positive working relationships within the hierarchy.’
‘Darren Rogers, Patrick Williams and Devina Rana all consistently deliver high client service. They offer support and proactive recommendations.’
‘Fantastic deal management with quality individuals at all levels of the firm, very commercial.’
‘Aptitude, excellent case and client management, a really nice team of people, enjoyable to work with – specifically Devina Rana.’
‘Patrick Williams is exceptional. A lawyer who represents his clients in an outstanding way, dealing with potential dealbreaker moments with humility and respect. His attitude is positive and collaborative, which is rare.’
Invesco Real Estate
Madison International Realty
VGO Capital Partners
Aquamarine Capital Partners
SA Corporate Real Estate
Brookfield Asset Management
Commercial litigation Tier 5
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's 'commercial litigation practice stands out for its strategic thinking from the beginning of cases and the deep knowledge and involvement in the details by senior associates and partners'. The London-based international disputes practice covers litigation, fraud and white-collar crime, international arbitration, and regulatory and compliance. It is also known for freezing injunction cases within the UK market. James Kitching and Justin Michaelson are highly rated, and Leigh Mallon and Duncan Saunders are the associates to note.
‘Justin Michaelson is outstanding‘.
‘James Kitching and associate Leigh Mallon are highly skilled solicitors, who are knowledgeable in the law and clear strategic thinkers‘.
Sberbank of Russia
Sergey Belyaev and Irina Belyaeva
EU and competition Tier 5
Led by practice head Tobias Caspary, who splits his time between London and Frankfurt, the London EU, antitrust and competition department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is very active in the merger control space. The group has handled the competition law aspects of a large number of multi-jurisdictional deals, including a number of transactions triggering EU filing procedures. With several dual-qualified lawyers, the practice has a strength in cross-border work and counts private equity firms, financial institutions, asset managers, and public and private companies among its clients.
‘A team of real experts in the field‘
‘Everyone on the team is highly knowledgeable and responsive‘
Jacobs Engineering Group
New Mountain Capital
TPG Specialty Lending
International arbitration Tier 5
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's 'highly skilled team has great strategic thinkers, who masterfully manage complex arbitrations'. The practice handles a wide range of high-value international arbitration matters for multinational corporations, international organisations, high-net-worth individuals and sovereign entities. Justin Michaelson has been involved in high-profile disputes involving Russia and CIS countries, and James Kitching regularly advises on significant arbitrations involving US-headquartered companies and financial institutions.
‘The team is highly effective in coordinating with local counsel to ensure that preparations and filings comply with local rules’.
‘The outstanding Justin Michaelson is always available‘.
‘James Kitching is a highly intelligent, skilled manager of complex matters‘.
Goldman Sachs International
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s London private acquisitions and private equity practice advises fund sponsors and investors on the full range of fund formation and investment-related activities, including leveraged buyouts, consortium bids, debt and equity investments, syndications and exit strategies. Key partners include Dan Oates, who recently advised CVC Capital Partners on its sale of smart connectivity platform provider Wireless Logic to Montagu Private Equity; Ian Lopez, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in December 2018; and newly promoted partner Simon Saitowitz .
‘The team knows how to get complex deals done; efficient ways to approach diligence; how to staff fast-moving deals to minimize risk in a cost-effective way and they have global experience in various markets which gives me confidence in their advice.’
‘Dan Oates, Charlie Cooper-Isow and Hannah Luqmani are exceptional attorneys I have worked with at this firm. Smart, organized, responsive and easy to work with through tough issues.’
‘Ian Lopez is an excellent problem solver. He is proactive and has excellent project management skills with good ability to coordinate cross border transactions.’
3i Group plc
CVC Capital Partners
Dyal Capital Partners
HPS Investment Partners
Acquisition finance Tier 6
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's three-partner team displays 'outstanding levels of knowledge' across the capital structure on behalf of a fairly balanced array of stakeholders, including global banks, private equity sponsors, direct lenders and corporates. Benefiting from a strong international footprint, particularly in the US, the team's expertise is in handling cross-border mandates which incorporate complex inter-creditor arrangements. The arrival at the beginning of 2019 of Neil Caddy from Milbank provides a further degree of specialisation in leveraged finance mandates in light of his significant experience in the space across a wide range of products, including cov-lite Term B loans, unitranche loans and bank-bond transactions.
‘The team is able to disseminate complex issues and communicate them to non-legal professionals in an easily understandable manner.‘
‘The team displays a personable approach and a willingness to go the extra mile.‘
‘Jons Lehmann is pragmatic, commercial and client focused.‘
CVC Capital Partners
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Permira Debt Managers
Strengthened in February 2019 by the arrival of leveraged finance expert Neil Caddy from Milbank, and funds finance practitioner Kathryn Cecil from Linklaters LLP, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's 'knowledgeable and responsive' three-partner team now has the critical mass and scope of expertise to be able to provide a compelling proposition to both lenders and borrowers in the market. Praised for its ability to add value because 'the lawyers understand US-law governed financings, and are familiar with how to apply those structures to UK deals', the team is also well regarded for its real estate finance prowess.
‘They work with all of the key players in the market, including funds, banks and corporates, which gives them an edge and keeps them at the forefront of ever-changing market conditions.‘
‘The team is able to disseminate complex issues and communicate them to non legal professionals in an easily understandable manner.‘
‘Kathryn Cecil is practical, solutions-oriented and commercial.‘
‘Jons Lehmann always does a great job.‘
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has a practice that focuses on fund management advice for private and offshore funds. Gregg Beechey leads the London practice, which works closely with the firm’s US team. He has particular expertise in advising on alternative investment funds and the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). The department represents Goldman Sachs’ Investment Management Division and Merchant Banking Division on the full range of their fund formation and structuring activities.
‘The Fried Frank team is unique in that it combines exceptional skills, track record and competencies in a multi-practice environment combining fund formation with regulatory and tax’
‘A very efficient one-stop shop’
‘Gregg Beechey is one of the very few lawyers in the City who excels in European fund regulatory work’
Bain Capital / Bain Capital Credit
BlackRock Investment Management
BlueBay Asset Management
Brookfield Asset Management
Permira / Permira Debt Managers
Palatine Private Equity
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP represents both UK and US clients on corporate M&A transactions across a range of sectors, including media, industrials and real estate, in addition to representing financial institutions. The firm has made several statement hires recently, adding Ian Lopez from Norton Rose Fulbright and corporate and capital markets partner Ashar Qureshi from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP . Lopez has notable experience advising on both hostile and recommended public takeovers, in addition to advising private clients on strategic acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Qureshi has arrived to head the EMEA global transactions team, based in London, and expands the firm's capabilities in multi-jurisdictional mandates.
‘Fried Frank’s team has great knowledge of the market and has what it takes to execute deals quickly and efficiently in a competitive bidding environment‘
‘A one stop shop with the ability to mobilise at short notice and high calibre specialists‘
‘Practical, quality advice to manage risk; they give me what I need to excel in my in-house role.’
‘Dan Oates is extremely responsive and provides high quality advice about the market and how best to structure a deal‘
‘Senior associate Joy Chen is excellent at moving things along and driving good decision making‘
‘Dan Oates, Charlie Cooper-Isow and Hanna Luqmani are excellent lawyers and individuals. Not only are they top in their legal fields they are enjoyable to work with‘
Domino’s Pizza Group plc
Guardian Media Group plc
Headed by the 'technically very strong' Ashley Katz , Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's one-partner London team has made some successful inroads into the market since it was established in 2016. Leveraging the firm's overarching asset management prowess, it is 'especially strong acting for funds clients', particularly on mandates involving a cross-border element.
‘Seamless operation between their US and UK teams.‘
‘The team is very commercial and responsive.‘
‘One of the leaders in his field, Ashley Katz considers all angles in delivering his advice.‘
‘Ashley Katz is a savvy and smart insolvency practitioner with a strong business sense.‘
Ernst & Young
Lucid Agency & Trustee Services
Oak Point Partners
Powerleague Group Limited
Sberbank of Russia
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||View Profile|
|Neil Caddy||View Profile|
|Tobias Caspary||View Profile|
|Kathryn Cecil||View Profile|
|Kate Downey||View Profile|
|Graham Greenwood||View Profile|
|Ashley Katz||View Profile|
|James Kitching||View Profile|
|Jons Lehmann||View Profile|
|Ian Lopez||View Profile|
|Leigh Mallon||View Profile|
|Justin Michaelson||View Profile|
|Mark Mifsud||View Profile|
|Dan Oates||View Profile|
|Ashar Qureshi||View Profile|
|Darren Rogers||View Profile|
|Simon Saitowitz||View Profile|
|Duncan Saunders||View Profile|
|David Selden||View Profile|
|Patrick Williams||View Profile|
|Sam Wilson||View Profile|
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- London Hedge funds
- London Private funds
- London Commercial property: investment
- London Commercial litigation
- London EU and competition
- London International arbitration
- London Private equity: transactions – high-value deals (£250m+)
- London Acquisition finance
- London Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- London Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- London M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £500m+
- London Corporate restructuring & insolvency