Kate Downey > Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
100 Bishopsgate

Work Department

Asset Management


An asset management partner and head of Fried Frank’s European private equity funds practice. Ms. Downey specialises in fund formation, representing fund sponsors and financial institutions across a broad range of asset classes, including private equity, venture and growth, infrastructure, credit and real estate. She has experience in advising fund managers on carried interest, co-investment and other incentive arrangements, including leveraged co-investment arrangements. Additional experience in a broad range of international private equity transactions, including secondary portfolio acquisitions and synthetic secondaries, fund and management company restructurings and other general corporate matters.


Ms. Downey joined Fried Frank in 2015.


Ms. Downey co-chairs the European Committee of Women in Fund Finance, a group focused on recognition and promotion of women leaders within the alternative investment fund finance industry.


Ms. Downey received both her Postgraduate Diploma in Law and her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The College of Law in 1999 and 2000, respectively. She received her BA from Merton College, University of Oxford, in 1998.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

(Hall of Fame)

Kate DowneyFried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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.