is a partner in Fried Frank's Corporate Department and Private Equity Practice, resident in the London office. He advises private equity and corporate clients on a wide range of multi-jurisdictional transactions, including acquisitions and leveraged buyouts, disposals, public-to-private transactions and initial public offerings.
Mr. Oates has completed a significant number of transactions on behalf of clients including 3i, Accel KKR, AEA Investors, Apollo Group, Apax Partners, Audax Group, Bain Capital, Barclays Capital, Blackstone, Candover, CCMP Capital, CVC Capital Partners, Dyal Capital, Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Goldman Sachs, KKR, Marathon Asset Management, Metalmark Capital, Oaktree Capital Management, Paul Capital, Silver Lake Sumeru, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and Yellow Wood Partners.
Honors & Awards
Mr. Oates is recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer by numerous industry publications, including Legal 500 UK (noted for his “good commercial awareness”), The Lawyer (praised for his “meteoric rise in the legal world" in the publication’s “Hot 100” list) and Private Funds Management. In 2017, he was named as one of the 30 most influential lawyers in private equity under the age of 40 by Private Funds Management as well as a "Superstar Lawyer of Tomorrow” in the Private Equity Manager's “Roll of Honour.”
Mr. Oates is also recognized by IFLR 1000 in the M&A and private equity category.
Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions
England & Wales