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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

About Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

From offices strategically located in the world’s principal financial centers in the US, Europe and Asia, Fried Frank represents many of the markets’ most influential players. Our client base includes multinational Fortune 500 companies, leading financial institutions and investment firms, and entrepreneurial companies across all sectors. We are adept in our 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. We offer high-caliber advice across a range of practice areas, combining technical expertise and an unparalleled grasp of the nuanced commercial and regulatory environment in which our clients operate.

Consistently highly ranked by legal directories including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Benchmark: Litigation, the Firm is well-recognized for providing effective business solutions to sophisticated challenges, frequently creating the precedents that others follow. Fried Frank’s origins date to the turn of the 20th century, with such predecessor firms as Riegelman & Bach, Riegelman Hess & Strasser and Strasser Spiegelberg Fried and Frank. Fried Frank as we know it came into being in 1971, with name partners Walter Fried, Hans Frank, Sam Harris, Sargent Shriver and Leslie Jacobson.

The New York office, the Firm's oldest and largest, concentrates on antitrust and competition, asset management, bankruptcy and restructuring, capital markets, commercial litigation, executive compensation & employee benefits, finance, intellectual property and technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, securities and shareholder litigation, tax, trusts and estates, and white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement.

Our Washington, DC office was opened in 1949 as one of the first, and now one of the largest law firms headquartered elsewhere. It has strong capabilities in antitrust and competition, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, asset management, commercial litigation, energy, finance, financial services, government contracts, international trade and investment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, securities regulation and enforcement, and tax.

Our international offices have strong expertise in private equity, asset management, finance, dispute resolution, tax and mergers and acquisitions. Our London office was established in 1970 as one of the first European offices of a US law firm. Our Paris office was founded in 1993, and our Frankfurt office was established in 2004. Fried Frank's Hong Kong office opened in 2006 and our Shanghai office opened in 2007.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1890 Number of Partners 137
Number of offices 7 Partner:associate ratio 1.70
Biggest office New York Percentage of women attorneys 33.50
Number of attorneys 561 Percentage of minority attorneys 13.80
Number of associates 80 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 2.90
Notable cases
  • Represented Deutsche Bank as financial advisor to Dole Food Company in its agreement to sell its worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses to Itochu Corp. for $1.685 billion in cash.
  • Represented The Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company in a resounding $308 million litigation victory against the US subsidiary of Banco Santander SA, Spain's largest bank.
  • Represents Deutsche Bank as financial advisor to Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation in its US$2.6 billion acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
  • Represented Deltek, a New Mountain Capital portfolio company, in its $1.1 billion acquisition by private equity firm Thoma Bravo.
  • Advises a private equity consortium in connection with its preliminary proposal to acquire Focus Media Holding Limited for US$27 in cash per American depositary share, or US$5.40 in cash per ordinary share. The going-private transaction would be China's largest leveraged buyout in history. The consortium consists of affiliates of FountainVest Partners, The Carlyle Group, CITIC Capital Partners, CDH Investments, China Everbright Limited, and the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Focus Media.
  • Represented New York Genome Center, Inc. in connection with its 20-year lease of 170,000 square feet at 101 Avenue of the Americas, a high-rise property in SoHo owned by Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc. The $47 million facility build-out will include sequencing, bioinformatics, and research labs, an Innovation Center to advance new technologies, and computing infrastructure to handle the processing and storage of massive amounts of new data. The facility will also include a ground-floor auditorium and cafe, training facilities and administrative offices.
  • Advised GS Capital Partners and certain other existing equity holders of Cequel Communications Holdings, LLC in their agreement to sell Suddenlink to BC Partners, CPP Investment Board and Suddenlink's management team for US$6.6 billion.
  • Represented Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, financial advisors to Human Genome Sciences), in connection with its agreement to be acquired by GlaxoSmithKline for US$14.25 per share in cash, or approximately US$3 billion.
Area of practice

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • Acquisitions Dispositions And Related Financings
  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Anti Corruption Compliance And Enforcement
  • Antitrust And Competition
  • Antitrust Litigation
  • Arbitration And Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Asset Management
  • Bankruptcy And Restructuring
  • Bankruptcy Related Litigation
  • Capital Markets
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Real Estate Transactions
  • Derivatives
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
  • False Claims Act
  • Qui Tam
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Government Contracts
  • Health Care Fraud And Compliance
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property And Technology
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Internal Investigations And Monitoring
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade And Investment
  • Land Use Construction And Development
  • Leasing
  • Litigation
  • M&A Litigation
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Practices & Industries
  • Practices & Industries Homepage
  • Private Acquisitions And Private Equity
  • Pro Bono
  • Professional Services Defense And Counseling
  • Real Estate
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Restructuring And Financing
  • Securities And Shareholder Litigation
  • Securities Enforcement And Regulation
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trusts And Estates
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • White Collar Criminal Defense And Securities Enforcement
Awards and recognitions

Ranked 60th on 2011 AmLaw 100, a ranking of the nation's top 100 law firms by gross revenue. The firm ranked 24th by Revenue per Lawyer, 29th by Profits per Partner, and 22nd by Compensation Average, All Partners. (The American Lawyer)
Firm's litigation practice in New York and Washington, DC, recognized for playing an instrumental role in advising on the matters that shape Wall Street's financial infrastructure. On a national basis, the practice was among just sixteen "recommended in the past year for their consistent presence on and ability to handle complex, high-stakes litigation in multiple jurisdictions throughout the country." (Benchmark: Litigation 2013)
Recognized as a leading law firm in 11 practice areas. (Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2012)
Recognized as a leading law firm in 25 practice areas. (Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers For Business 2012)
Recommended in 14 categories. (2012 International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000)
Ranked in 24 categories. (Legal 500 US, 2012)
Named one of the top 25 corporate law firms in the United States in the Corporate Board Member/FTI 11th annual survey. (Corporate Board Member, 2012)
Received First Rank by Lawyer Head Count and Third Rank by Revenue (The American Lawyer's list of "Biggest 25 Litigation Departments," 2012)
Firm's real estate team named "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year." (Law360, 2012)
Named "Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year." (Lawyer Monthly, 2012)


Diversity, individuality, and inclusion are highly valued at Fried Frank. The firm believes in leveraging the knowledge, capabilities, and insight of highly skilled individuals from a variety of backgrounds, to the benefit of both the firm and its clients.

Committed to fostering a professional atmosphere that promotes equal opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices and to maintaining an inclusive culture, Fried Frank has a number of initiatives and programs to support the professional and personal development of women attorneys and attorneys from distinct backgrounds and cultures.

The fact that you will find attorneys of diverse backgrounds actively engaged in all aspects of the firm's leadership and management stands testament to the Fried frank's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Summer associate program

At Fried Frank, the Summer Associate Program is considered the firm's primary means of attracting smart and highly motivated law students. The partners and associates at Fried Frank are well aware of the fact that law students rely mainly on their summer associate experiences to identify and select an environment that is best suited to their professional, intellectual, and personal needs and goals. Hence, Fried Frank employees strive hard to ensure that the summer associate experience at the firm is the best in the country.

Fried Frank's 10-week summer program provides the participating students with a comprehensive view of what associate life at the firm is like through meaningful assignments on real-world legal matters, one-on-one mentoring, regular client contact, and state-of-the-art training programs from the very first day.

The firm strongly believes that its summer associate program is successful only if every summer associate that participated in the program receives, and accepts, an offer of permanent employment at Fried Frank.

Working for the Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson

Working at Fried Frank is one of the most exciting opportunities that one can come across while practicing law in the twenty-first century. With offices across the globe, the firm boasts of an unrivalled variety of work across a wide variety of industries and sectors. The leaders at Fried Frank do not believe in shortcuts and encourage the associates to work hard for their success.

An equal opportunity employer, Fried Frank is very committed to maintaining diversity at the workplace. The partners here strive very hard to create a stimulating, open-minded, and progressive environment where the firm's employees respect and build on each other's strengths and potential.

In a nutshell, Fried Frank is a firm where you will have the opportunity to work with kindred spirits and exceptional mentors who will lead you toward an extraordinary legal career.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson Headquarters

One New York Plaza ,

New York, NY

212-859-8000 phone
212.859.4000 fax
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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson Office

99 City Road
London, LONDON

44-20-7972-9600 phone


Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson Office

350 South Grand Avenue ,
32nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA

213-473-2000 phone
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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson Office

Lafayette Tower ,
801 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC

202-639-7000 phone
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