Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Ashley Katz will join as a partner in the Restructuring and Insolvency Practice, resident in the Firm's London office. He has extensive experience advising financial institutions, borrowers, bondholders, insolvency practitioners and distressed investors in relation to all aspects of restructuring and insolvency matters. He advises on a range of cross-border and UK restructurings and insolvencies – including matters in the automotive, real estate, construction, financial services, retail and leisure sectors.
"We are pleased to welcome Ashley to Fried Frank, where he will help build out our core practices in Europe and support client needs by providing a strong Restructuring and Insolvency capability in this key market," said David Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. "Ashley brings excellent technical skills and he shares our commitment to helping our clients with their most sophisticated and challenging matters. He is a fantastic addition to our Restructuring and Insolvency Practice, and our team of lawyers in the US and Europe looks forward to working with him."
"I am delighted that Ashley is joining Fried Frank at an exciting time of growth for our London office. He will be fully integrated into our existing Restructuring and Insolvency team, working with us to deliver valuable counsel to clients who need initial deal structuring advice and assistance with transactions that involve distressed issues," said Brad Eric Scheler, chairman of Fried Frank's Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. "Throughout his career, Ashley has consistently demonstrated intellectual vigor and creativity, which have long been cornerstones of Fried Frank's Restructuring and Insolvency Practice. Our current team is excited to collaborate with him as we act for funds and other creditors, as well as clients on the debtor side, on transatlantic assignments."
Before joining Fried Frank, Mr. Katz was joint head of Mayer Brown's Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Insolvency group in London. He received his Advanced Certificate in International Insolvency Law from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2002, his Diploma in Insolvency Law with distinction from Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa in 2000, and his BA and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1992 and 1994, respectively. He is admitted to practice in England and Wales and in South Africa.
This development follows Fried Frank's expansion of its Asset Management Practice to Europe, with last year's addition of four partners in London. Since 2014, Fried Frank's European offices have also added two new partners in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, two new partners in the Finance Practice and a new partner in the Tax Practice.