Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Kathryn Cecil will join the Firm as a partner in the Finance Practice and member of the Corporate Department. She will be based in the Firm's London office.
Ms. Cecil regularly represents funds, lenders, borrowers, and sponsors on a broad range of finance transactions focusing on fund finance and leveraged transactions. She also has extensive experience advising on the finance aspects of fund documentation, including partnership agreements and structures. At Fried Frank, Ms. Cecil will work closely with the Firm's Asset Management Practice, and her practice will focus on fund financing as well as leveraged and acquisition finance and also include restructurings and workouts.
“As our clients continue to look to us for fund finance advice, we are confident that Kathryn's experience will greatly enhance our services to our clients on their most complex transactions,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “We are pleased to welcome her to the Firm.”
Ms. Cecil's arrival comes during a period of continued growth for the Firm's London office, including the recently announced arrival of corporate finance partner Neil Caddy and the earlier arrival of mergers and acquisitions and private equity partner Ian Lopez, and corporate partner Ashar Qureshi, who joined as head of EMEA global transactions.
“The London office has gained significant momentum over the past year in growing our bench in core firmwide practices, and Kathryn's arrival only further strengthens our capabilities in these key areas,” said Mark Mifsud, managing partner of the Firm's London office. “We look forward to working with her as we continue to expand our Finance Practice in the UK.”
Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Cecil was a managing associate in the banking division of Linklaters. She received her LLB, with honors, and BBus, with distinction, from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (UTS) and is qualified both in England and Wales and in Australia.
“In the past few years, the use of subscription lines and asset-backed and NAV facilities has become increasingly common across the European and global funds industry,” said J. Christian Nahr, head of the Firm's global Leveraged Finance Practice. “Kathryn's fund finance experience will only further our presence in this space.”
Fried Frank's Finance Practice stands out for its work on many of the markets' most sophisticated and complex deals and in its development of innovative financing solutions across all levels of the capital structure. The practice cultivates long-standing client relationships through hands-on, dedicated counseling and provides exceptional advice structuring and negotiating transactions globally. The Firm's premier fund finance practice forms part of the global Finance and Asset Management Practices. The practice is complemented by the team's experience in the full spectrum of leveraged finance transactions and its work developing complex fund structures and seeing them through every investment stage. These financings encompass the full spectrum of transaction types, and include commitments-based facilities, asset-based facilities, as well as hybrid and other bespoke facilities.