Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that corporate partner Fiona J. Kelly has been appointed to co-chair the Corporate Real Estate Transactions Practice and partners J. Christian Nahr and Jeffrey Ross have been appointed to serve as chairs of the Finance Practice and the Executive Compensation & ERISA Practice, respectively.
Ms. Kelly will co-lead the Corporate Real Estate Transactions Practice, alongside corporate partner Lee S. Parks who has served as co-chair of the practice since the group was formed in 2005. Ms. Kelly advises private equity funds, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds, developers and investors on joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions of interests in private real estate companies and other transactions relating to the real estate industry, both in the United States and overseas. She will take over the role for Steven G. Scheinfeld, who previously served as co-chair with Mr. Parks. Mr. Scheinfeld will continue to focus on his practice, as well as his duties as Global Chair of the Corporate Department, a role in which he has already made many significant contributions to the Firm. Ms. Kelly joined Fried Frank as a partner in 2011 and splits her time between the Firm's London and New York offices. She is a member of Fried Frank's Governance Committee, Finance Committee and Women's Forum Planning Committee, a representative group directing Fried Frank's firm-wide women's affinity group.
Mr. Nahr represents private equity sponsors, corporations, hedge funds and investment banks in a broad array of complex cross-border and domestic financing transactions. He has significant experience representing borrowers in leveraged buyouts, acquisition financings, recapitalizations and restructurings. Partner F. William Reindel, who has served as chair, and previously as co-chair, since the practice was first formed in 2003, has decided to step down from his duties as chair to focus more time on client development and continuing the growth of the practice. During Mr. Reindel's tenure, the Finance Practice grew significantly, and he played an important role in enhancing the Firm's client development and lateral hiring efforts while maintaining a thriving practice. He represents private equity sponsors, investment banks, hedge funds and public and private companies on a broad range of leveraged financing transactions.
Mr. Ross, who is a member of Fried Frank's Governance Committee, focuses his practice on ERISA fiduciary matters, with particular emphasis on the application of ERISA's fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules to the structuring, operation and administration of a wide range of private investment funds and investment management arrangements. He counsels extensively regarding ERISA's “plan asset” regulation and routinely assists clients wishing to operate plan asset hedge funds in compliance with ERISA. More generally, Mr. Ross has experience with a broad variety of benefits and compensation matters and the numerous federal and state laws that govern the field. Donald P. Carleen, who became chair of the practice in 1990, has decided to step down as chair and focus his time on client service and development. Under Mr. Carleen's leadership, the practice flourished and continues to grow. He will continue to focus on his practice and specialize in the structuring and negotiation of executive employment, severance and equity participation arrangements in M&A transactions. Mr. Carleen will also continue to represent clients on corporate governance matters and before regulatory agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.
“I congratulate Fiona, Chris and Jeff on their appointments and look forward to their leadership of their practices,” said David Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “Don and Bill have done a terrific job in their roles and I thank them for their many contributions during their time leading their respective practices. They will continue to play a key role in the development of their practices and in the continued success of the Firm.”