Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, the international law firm, announced today that Justin Spendlove, former Managing Partner of Ashurst, a leading European law firm, will join Fried Frank as Managing Partner of its European operations and leader of the Firm's overseas leveraged finance practice. Mr. Spendlove also will become a member of the Firm's Governance Committee.Commenting on the announcement, Fried Frank Co-Managing Partner Valerie Ford Jacob said, "We are excited to add a partner of Justin Spendlove's stature and experience. It is an important step forward as part of our international strategy to service our clients globally. Justin was responsible for establishing his former firm's strategic positioning, and we are proud to have him on our global senior management team. He also will play a key role in heading our leveraged finance practice in London."
She added, "We have had an exciting past year at Fried Frank, working with such clients as AEA Investors, Banc of America, BellSouth on AT&T Wireless, Brascan, Roy Disney, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, Merck, Merrill Lynch, NTL and Procter & Gamble, among others. We look forward to continuing to serve our clients globally with Justin on our team."
Mr. Spendlove served as Managing Partner at Ashurst from October 2000 until January 2004. Prior to this, he was head of Ashurst's International Leveraged Finance Group, where he specialized in leveraged and acquisition finance transactions, acting primarily for financial institutions. He joined Ashurst in 1996. Mr. Spendlove is a graduate of Brasenose College at Oxford University.