Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Sam Wilson will join the Firm as a partner in the Asset Management Practice. He will be based in the London office.
Mr. Wilson has extensive experience representing private equity fund sponsors and advising clients on fund formation, co-investment structuring, fund financing arrangements, and other complex transactions. At Fried Frank, Mr. Wilson's practice will focus on private investment funds and complex corporate transactions, with a particular emphasis on European fund formation.
“Sam is a fantastic addition to the Firm,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “We look forward to welcoming him to our market-leading Asset Management Practice.”
Mr. Wilson's addition comes during a period of continued growth for the Asset Management Practice in London and follows the recent appointment of Kate Downey as head of the European Private Equity Funds Practice and the promotion of David Christmas to corporate partner in the Asset Management Practice.
“Sam's European fund formation and private investment funds expertise is a perfect addition to the high quality Asset Management Practice that we have built here in London and we look forward to working with him as we continue to grow our team,” said Kate Downey, head of the Firm's European Private Equity Funds Practice.
“Fried Frank's London office is continuing to go from strength to strength in our core areas and we are delighted to welcome Sam to our top tier global Asset Management Practice,” added Mark Mifsud, managing partner of the Firm's London office.
Mr. Wilson will join Fried Frank from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he is counsel in the private funds and investment funds practices. He received his Graduate Diploma in Law from Nottingham Law School and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oxford. Prior to beginning his legal profession, Mr. Wilson pursued a successful seven-year career as an Infantry Officer in the British Army, and retired in the rank of Captain.
Fried Frank's Asset Management Practice serves the needs of international financial institutions, hedge fund managers, private equity firms, family offices, and institutional investors. Across London, New York, and Washington DC, the Firm's Asset Management Practice is comprised of 100+ lawyers, including regulatory, tax, and ERISA specialist attorneys. Their clients are among the most sophisticated players in the industry. Clients choose the Firm's funds group for its top-tier advice on all aspects of open- and closed-end funds, hybrid funds, managed accounts, and other investment vehicles. The team brings to each assignment insight into the marketplace, a practical understanding of critical regulatory developments, and the ability to best address specific considerations for each type of investment vehicle.