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2019 DIVERSITY DATABASE UNDERWRITER Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Dynamic Practice, Compelling Work

Fried Frank associates play an essential role in the Firm’s delivery of top-notch legal services to its client base, which comprises the world’s largest investment banks and financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and other multinational industry leaders. Working at a global law firm with offices in the world’s principal financial centers, associates at Fried Frank are continually involved in complex, high-profile matters involving the sophisticated cross-border work for which the Firm is well known.  As vital members of the firm, Fried Frank associates are given a high level of responsibility and immersed in significant matters from their first day, with ample opportunity to interact with clients and work closely with partners.

Our attorneys strive for excellence. The 2019 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” recognized Fried Frank as a first-tier law firm in 13 national practice areas, as well as 21 practice areas in New York City and Washington, DC combined; and the Firm is consistently ranked in the Vault Law 100. Fried Frank was named a “Leading Firm” in the Chambers USA 2019 guide. The guide also recognized 58 individual Fried Frank attorneys and ranked the Firm in 20 categories across its District of Columbia, Nationwide, and New York regions. Additionally, Asset Management and Real Estate were named Practice Groups of the Year by Law360.

Fried Frank is one of the few firms that represent the full spectrum of M&A players, including leading corporations, private equity firms, investment banks and acquisitive hedge funds.  Our team advises clients on their most challenging transactions, including joint ventures, restructurings, negotiated and hostile takeovers and mergers, and strategic investments. The Firm has aggressively grown its corporate practices, through lateral additions and organic attorney development, to best position the Firm’s services for highly complex client matters. These efforts to bolster the Firm’s Corporate Department are reflected in Mergermarket's 2018 Year End M&A League Tables, where the Firm was ranked #2 in US Private Equity Exits and #6 in Global Private Equity Exits.

Our litigators are some of the best in the field, and their expertise in general commercial litigation, enforcement and investigations, securities shareholder litigation, intellectual property, white collar defense and corporate governance is widely recognized. The Firm’s award-winning real estate practice is unmatched in reputation and skill, and its lawyers consistently handle market-leading deals shaping the landscape of New York and Washington, DC real estate. Fried Frank is also highly regarded for its work on critical matters involving antitrust and competition, asset management, bankruptcy and restructuring, executive compensation and ERISA, insurance, international trade and investment, and tax, among other areas of law.

Some of the Firm’s recent headline-grabbing work, from across various practice areas, includes:

  • Fried Frank achieved a favorable settlement for William Tirrell, Managing Director and former Head of Regulatory Reporting at Bank of America, in an SEC enforcement action relating to compliance with the rules on net capital requirements and the protection of client funds.
  • Counsel to Sinclair Broadcast Group in connection with a $1b broken-deal litigation between Sinclair and Tribune Media Company following Tribune’s termination of a proposed merger between the parties, and several lawsuits alleging that Sinclair violated the federal securities laws with respect to its disclosures relating to the Tribune transaction. 
  • Counsel to Goldman Sachs in shareholder litigation arising from Goldman’s role as financial advisor to ExamWorks Group, Inc. in its sale to an affiliate of Leonard Green & Partners. The case settled with no payment from our client.
  • Counsel to Jacobs Engineering Group in the US$3.3b sale of its Energy, Chemicals, and Resources segment to WorleyParsons Limited.
  • Counsel to Aleris Corporation in its US$2.6b acquisition by Novelis, Inc. Fried Frank also advised on the related financing.
  • Counsel to Permira Advisers in its US$1.68b sale of Magento Commerce to Adobe Systems Incorporated.
  • Counsel to Catalent in its US$1.2b definitive agreement to acquire Paragon Bioservices.
  • Counsel to Onex Corporation in the financing related to its acquisition of PowerSchool Group and PeopleAdmin, two leading companies in the education technology field. The financing consisted of a US$775m senior secured first lien term loan facility, a US$120m revolver with Barclays Bank serving as administrative agent, and a US$365m second lien term loan with Credit Suisse serving as administrative agent and Barclays, Credit Suisse, Jefferies, Macquarie, Ares, and Golub serving as the joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners.
  • Counsel to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs as lead arrangers in connection with a €1.90b IPO-contingent refinancing for SIG Combibloc Group, a market-leading provider of packaging solutions for the food and beverage industry, which was taken public in Switzerland by Onex Corporation.
  • Counsel to Tradeweb Markets in its US$1.2 billion IPO and listing on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The offering consisted of 46,000,000 shares of class A common stock, including the full exercise by the underwriters of their option to purchase 6,000,000 shares of class A common stock, at a price to the public of US$27.00 per share. In connection with the IPO, the Firm also advised Tradeweb Markets in a US$500m senior secured revolving credit facility.
  • Counsel to Grindrod Limited and Grindrod Shipping in connection with the spin-off of Grindrod Limited’s shipping business into Grindrod Shipping, and its direct listing on NASDAQ. Grindrod Shipping’s ordinary shares were also dual listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in connection with the spin-off.
  • Counsel to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith in their arrangement of US$1.15b in loans, consisting of a US$1.025b term A loan and US$125m revolving credit facility, for Alliance Laundry Systems.
  • Counsel to Bain Capital Global Private Equity in the formation of its flagship North American buyout fund (US$9.4b Bain Capital Fund XII), flagship European buyout fund (€5.04b Bain Capital Europe Fund V), and flagship Asia buyout fund (US$4.65b Bain Capital Asia Fund IV).
  • Counsel to Brookfield Asset Management in connection with the formation of Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners III, which is one of the largest opportunistic real estate funds in the world, and Brookfield’s flagship real estate fund. The fund closed with US$15b in aggregate commitments, and is Brookfield’s largest property fund to date.
  • Counsel to Permira in connection with the formation of its flagship buyout fund, Permira VI, which raised €$7.5b. Permira VI focuses on investing in mid- to large-cap buyouts with exposure to faster-growing international markets and subsectors.
  • Counsel to Goldman Sachs in a full range of closed- and open-ended fund formations, including the recent structuring of their US$7.2b flagship corporate buyout fund, US$9.8b flagship senior debt fund, and US$5b joint partnership fund with China Investment Corporation.

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Reigning Over Real Estate

Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department is consistently at the forefront of the largest and most complicated transactions and is unrivaled in both the scope of its work and the talent of its attorneys. Our real estate practice consistently ranks number one in Vault, Chambers USA and Legal 500 US and has received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence.

Associates specializing in real estate law learn from, and work with, the best in the industry.  We represent our clients on complex matters involving the acquisition and disposition of single assets and portfolios, mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing on behalf of borrowers and lenders, land use, development and construction, leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants, distressed real estate and workouts, joint ventures, real estate investment trusts and real estate litigation.

Among the noteworthy transactions recently handled by the Fried Frank real estate team are:

  • Counsel to Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group in connection with the development of and all leasing activities at the 26-acre Hudson Yards on the West Side, the largest private development in Manhattan since Rockefeller Center.
  • Counsel to Brookfield in all aspects of the development of Manhattan West in the Hudson Yards District of New York City, including its recent lease to the National Hockey League.
  • Counsel to JP Morgan Chase in connection with various aspects of its planned 2.5-million-square-foot headquarters redevelopment at its 270 Park Avenue location.
  • Counsel to Vornado Realty Trust and Related Companies on the redevelopment of Penn Station, including the redevelopment of the James A. Farley Building and the construction of Moynihan Train Hall.
  • Counsel to Google in connection with its US$2.4b acquisition of Chelsea Market in New York City.
  • Counsel to Maefield Development in its approximately US$1.5b acquisition of the EDITION hotel, retail, and signage project known as 20 Times Square.
  • Counsel to Blackstone in its US$1.8b financing for Tishman Speyer’s construction of The Spiral, a 2.8-million-square-foot trophy office building located in the Hudson Yards district of New York City.
  • Counsel to Carr Properties and National Real Estate Advisors, as landlords, in their 510,000-square-foot lease to State Street Corporation for its new global headquarters at One Congress Tower in Boston