Fried Frank Elects Ten New Partners and Promotes Eight New Special Counsel

Fried Frank Elects Ten New Partners and Promotes Eight New Special Counsel

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that it has elected ten new partners and promoted eight new special counsel, effective March 1, 2019.

“We are committed to providing our clients with the very best advice on their most complex matters and, therefore, place extraordinary importance on attracting, developing, retaining and promoting the most talented people,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “We are delighted to congratulate our new partners and special counsel on their well-deserved promotion.”
 
The following lawyers were elected partners:

  • Suzanne deVries Decker in the Real Estate Department, resident in New York. Ms. Decker represents investment banks, investment funds, real estate developers, and REITs in a wide variety of commercial real estate finance transactions, including construction, senior and mezzanine financings. She received her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.
  • Jonathan H. Hofer in the Corporate Department and Asset Management Practice, resident in New York. Mr. Hofer's practice includes the representation of major financial institutions, fund sponsors, institutional investors and investment advisers on a broad range of commercial, legal, regulatory, and compliance matters. He regularly counsels clients on matters relating to the structuring, offering and operations of private investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, funds-of-funds, and hybrid funds. He received his JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his BS and BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Matthew W. Howard in the Corporate Department and Asset Management Practice, resident in Washington, DC. Mr. Howard focuses his practice on asset management matters, primarily on advising sponsors on the structuring and offering of private investment funds and other alternative investment structures. Mr. Howard is a member of the 2018 class of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellows. He received his JD from New York University School of Law, where he was the Articles Editor of the New York University Law Review and Co-Chair of its Diversity Committee. He received his BA from Swarthmore College.
  • Bryan Hunkele in the Corporate Department and Asset Management Practice, resident in New York. Mr. Hunkele focuses his practice on representing domestic and international fund sponsors in connection with the formation, fundraising, and operation of closed-end funds, managed accounts, funds of one, employee funds, co-investment arrangements, and bespoke investment vehicles and products. He received his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his BA from the University of Michigan.
  • Erica Jaffe in the Corporate Department and Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, resident in New York. Ms. Jaffe focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, having represented public and private companies, financial sponsors, and investment banking firms in stock and asset acquisitions, carve-out transactions, joint ventures, divestitures, and investments in hedge fund and private equity fund managers. She received her JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and her BA, magna cum laude, from Binghamton University.
  • Shant P. Manoukian in the Corporate Department and Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, resident in New York. Mr. Manoukian represents public and private companies, private equity firms, and investors on a variety of corporate and M&A transactions, including joint ventures, recapitalizations, stock purchases, and other general corporate matters. He received his JD, magna cum laude, from Fordham University School of Law; his MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and his BA from The London School of Economics.
  • Amber Meek in the Corporate Department and Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, resident in New York. Ms. Meek focuses her practice on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, executive compensation and equity incentive arrangements, and related general corporate counseling. She received her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her BBA, summa cum laude, from the University of San Diego.
  • Simon Saitowitz in the Corporate Department and Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, resident in London. Mr. Saitowitz focuses his practice on both domestic and cross-border private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, co-investments, joint ventures and corporate advisory work for private equity portfolio companies. He received his LPC and Graduate Diploma from BPP Law School and his MA from the University of Edinburgh. 
  • Ezra Schneck in the Corporate Department and Capital Markets Practice, resident in New York. Mr. Schneck represents issuers and underwriters in capital markets and finance transactions, with a focus on representing private equity firms and their portfolio companies in a wide range of complex transactions, including acquisition finance commitment papers, syndicated and privately placed credit facilities, high-yield debt offerings, initial public offerings and follow-on and secondary offerings. He received his JD, cum laude, from New York University School of Law; his BS from Columbia University; and his BA, magna cum laude, from Yeshiva University.
  • Cyril Touchard in the Real Estate Department, resident in New York. Mr. Touchard's practice covers a broad range of commercial real estate transactions with a particular emphasis on large commercial leasing on behalf of owners, developers, and financial institutions. Mr. Touchard regularly advises landlords and tenants in connection with the leasing activity for newly constructed property and headquarters transactions. He received his JD, summa cum laude, from New York Law School and his BS, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University.
 
The following lawyers were promoted to special counsel:
  • Dr. Peter Breschendorf in the Corporate Department and Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, resident in Frankfurt. He received his Dr. iur/PhD, magna cum laude, from Ludwig Maximilian University; his Second State Exam from the Higher Regional Court of Munich; and his First State Exam from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg.
  • Rebecca C. Freeland in the Tax Department, resident in Washington, DC. She received her JD from Yale Law School and her BA, with distinction, from Stanford University.
  • Kabaye Liku in the Real Estate Department, resident in New York. She received her JD from New York University School of Law and her BA, cum laude, from American University.
  • Aleksandr B. Livshits in the Antitrust and Competition Department, resident in New York. He received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his BA, with highest distinction, from University of Rochester.
  • Victoria T. Mazgalev in the Corporate Department and Asset Management Practice, resident in New York. She received her JD from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Senior Editor of the Journal of Business and Employment Law, and her MPA and BA from Brown University.
  • Wesley O'Brien in the Real Estate Department, resident in New York. He received his LLM from New York University School of Law; his JD, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School; and his BS from Louisiana State University College of Business. 
  • Andrew Penman in the Tax Department, resident in New York. He received his JD from University of Virginia School of Law and his BA, cum laude, from The College of William and Mary.
  • Adam J. Ross in the Corporate Department and Finance Practice, resident in Washington, DC. He received his JD from Columbia Law School and his BA from Harvard College.

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