- Chairperson: Valerie Ford Jacob
- Senior Operating Partner: Justin Spendlove
- Number of partners worldwide: 144
- Number of other lawyers worldwide: 365
- INTERNATIONAL OFFICES: The firm also has offices in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Paris and Shanghai.
From offices strategically located in the world’s principal financial centers, Fried Frank serves as counsel to many of the world’s largest companies, financial institutions and investment firms. The firm is adept in its deployment of well-configured, cross-border teams that provide the depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and responsive service that clients require to meet their critical business objectives.
Main Areas of Practice:
The firm offers legal counsel on antitrust and competition; bankruptcy and restructuring; corporate matters, including asset management, capital markets, corporate governance, financings,mergers and acquisitions, and private acquisitions and private equity; energy and environment; executive compensation and employee benefits; intellectual property and technology; international trade and investment; litigation, including international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, commercial litigation, government contracts, and securities and shareholder litigation; real estate; tax; trusts and estates; and white collar criminal defense and securities enforcement and regulation.
Antitrust & Competition:
The integrated practice works closely with the firm’s corporate, litigation and intellectual property practices. Core areas of expertise include the global regulation of mergers and acquisitions, government and criminal investigations, and risk management and compliance.
The practice is often called upon by financial institutions and private investment funds to advise on hedge funds, private equity funds, funds of funds, infrastructure funds, mezzanine funds and related products.
Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
The multidisciplinary practice regularly represents a wide range of clients in both formal bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings of financially troubled companies. The firm uses its understanding of corporate finance and capital markets to assist clients in realizing maximum value and recovery.
The practice represents issuers, underwriters, financial sponsors, selling stockholders, initial purchasers and dealer-managers in private and US Securities and Exchange Commission-registered debt and equity securities offerings, and related acquisition finance and private equity transactions.
Energy & Environment:
The multidisciplinary group has extensive experience advising clients on transactional, regulatory and compliance and litigation matters.
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits:
The practice offers counsel with respect to the structuring and implementation of a wide range of compensation and benefit plans and programs to privately and publicly held corporations, their boards of directors and compensation committees, executives and other employees.
The practice stands out for its role in all pieces of the capital structure,working on some of the most sophisticated deals in each sector and playing a key role in developing some of the most innovative financing structures.
Intellectual Property & Technology:
The group features a renowned IP Litigation Team and a top-tier technology transactions practice. The group’s strength in both contentious and non-contentious IP matters is unique among law firms and offers innovative solutions.
International Trade and Investment:
The practice counsels a broad range of clients on international trade controls and other related regulatory matters, including matters involving OFAC, EAR, ITAR, FCPA, UK Bribery Act and anti-boycott requirements.
The practice represents global corporations, financial institutions and individuals in their most challenging and complex matters. The diverse practice runs the gamut from agency and grand jury investigations to arbitration proceedings to white collar criminal defense.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
The practice has handled some of the largest and most complex US and global deals for more than three decades and is one of few firms that represents the full spectrum of M&A players.
The practice is active in myriad 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 encompasses a broad range of transactions, including capital markets and financings, acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, construction and development projects, leasing, portfolio transactions and real estate investment trusts.
The practice encompasses all principal forms of corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, hedge fund and private equity fund formations, and the tax issues associated with financings, including borrower, lender and capital markets representations.
White Collar Criminal Defense & Securities Enforcement:
The practice guides clients through a wide range of enforcement matters, government investigations and internal investigations. The team regularly defends corporations and individuals under criminal and regulatory investigation.