Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Ashar Qureshi has joined the Firm's London office as a partner in the Corporate Department, where he will head EMEA global transactions.
At Fried Frank, Mr. Qureshi's practice will focus primarily on international corporate transactions, including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, covering Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He has experience representing international financial institutions, including underwriters, as well as corporations and governments on IPOs, equity and debt securities (including high-yield), complex hedge fund and private equity transactions and structures, rights offerings, and restructurings and privatizations.
“Ash's experience will allow us to further align our London offerings with our core practices firmwide and expand our cross-border transactional expertise,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “We are thrilled to welcome him to the Firm.”
Mr. Qureshi joins from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he was a partner in its global transactions practice. Prior to his time at Freshfields, he worked client-side in various roles including as a director at Hanson Asset Management, as a founding partner of NAYA Capital, and as executive vice chairman and CEO of Renaissance Group and Renaissance Asset Managers, respectively. Prior to that, Mr. Qureshi was a partner at Cleary Gottlieb, where he worked for nearly 20 years advising clients on a variety of international matters. He received a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
“Ash is highly regarded in the legal community as one of the leading US securities and transactional lawyers, and his addition will help further strengthen our global transaction offerings to clients,” added Mark Mifsud, managing partner of the Firm's London office. “We look forward to working with him.”
“We are excited to work with Ash, who I have known for over 20 years and for whom I hold the utmost respect as a practitioner,” added Daniel J. Bursky, head of the Firm's Capital Markets Practice. “I am confident his global transactional expertise will enable us to better serve our growing client needs.”
Mr. Qureshi's arrival to Fried Frank continues the growth of the London office and follows the arrival of corporate real estate partners Darren Rogers and Patrick Williams in the last year, and the recent arrival of corporate partner Sam Wilson to the Firm's Asset Management Practice.
Fried Frank's Corporate Department provides innovative business solutions to sophisticated corporate issues and transactions, frequently creating the precedents that others follow. The Firm's corporate lawyers advise clients in the most complex negotiated and contested situations. The team works closely with clients to develop a practical understanding of their business, financial and legal objectives, to ensure clients possess the necessary information to make well-informed business decisions. The Firm's corporate lawyers are also knowledgeable in a wide variety of financial fields, and collaborate as appropriate with lawyers in the Firm's other practices when dealing with intricate transactional assignments.