Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that David S. Mitchell has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate Department. He joins Fried Frank from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP where he was a partner in the Capital Markets Department.
“We are delighted to welcome David to the firm. He is a highly regarded practitioner in commodities, futures and derivatives, areas which are very important to many of our clients,” said Valerie Ford Jacob, Fried Frank’s Chairperson.
Mr. Mitchell provides regulatory, transactional and litigation advice to clients in connection with structuring transactions and funds, new product development, and regulatory, compliance and enforcement matters. His primary areas of practice include: the structuring and regulatory analysis of complex derivatives and synthetic and structured products; providing advice to derivatives businesses concerning managing and mitigating legal and regulatory risks of transactions, including securities and commodities laws and regulations; derivatives related regulatory and compliance advice relating to the business activities of a broker-dealer/futures commission merchant including assisting clients with regulatory agency and self regulatory organization examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions.
“Our clients are increasingly involved in complex structured products and capital markets transactions, both in the United States and internationally. David’s expertise is directly relevant to these areas,” said Justin Spendlove, the firm’s Managing Partner.
Mr. Mitchell joined Cadwalader in 1983 from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. He received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law, his J.D., magna cum laude, from New York Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review and his B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from City College.
Mr. Mitchell has been named as a leading practitioner in Capital Markets: Derivatives by both Chambers Global: the World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is the author of numerous articles and regularly speaks before industry and professional groups on derivatives, futures, and securities regulation. Mr. Mitchell is a member of the Board of Editors of Futures & Derivatives Law Report and a member of the Board of Directors of the Futures Industry Association.