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 represents issuers, underwriters, private equity sponsors, investors, selling stockholders, initial purchasers and dealer-managers in private and US SEC registered debt and equity securities offerings, and related acquisition finance and private equity transactions.
The practice advises acquirers and targets, special committees, management teams, audit committees, and boards of directors in complex negotiated and contested situations. The firm's experience also comprises cross-border transactions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, spin-offs, dispositions, tender offers, public to private transactions, as well as corporate governance issues.
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 high-net-worth 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.
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.