Fried Frank Grows Asset Management Practice, Welcomes Back Jeffrey W. Schatz as Partner
News releases | July 6, 2021
Mr. Schatz has extensive experience representing financial sponsors in connection with various types of investment funds and other alternative investments. At Fried Frank, he will advise fund sponsors and financial institutions in the formation and structuring of domestic and offshore private equity funds, hedge funds, credit funds, GP stake funds, real estate funds, infrastructure funds, and co-investment vehicles. Mr. Schatz will also counsel clients in sponsor-led secondary transactions, the structuring and negotiation of carried interest and other internal economic arrangements, as well as joint venture arrangements, separately managed accounts, and funds-of-one.
“We are delighted to welcome Jeff back to the Firm,” said David J. Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “His knowledge of our Firm's diverse client needs will ensure a seamless transition and greatly enhance our ability to serve clients on their most complex matters.”
“We have been incredibly busy, a trend which we expect to continue, and Jeff’s expertise will allow us to provide commercially adept counsel to our clients as we continue to take on additional work,” said Kenneth I. Rosh, head of Fried Frank’s Private Equity Funds Practice.
Fried Frank’s Global Asset Management Practice, led by Lawrence N. Barshay and Mr. Rosh in the US, and Kate Downey in Europe, serves the needs of the global asset management industry by providing a full range of legal services to a diverse group of clients, including US, European, and international financial institutions, hedge fund managers, private equity firms, investment advisers, family offices, and institutional investors. The practice is one of the leading global fund formation practices, is consistently top-ranked by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, and has been recognized as one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year for Fund Formation twice in the past three years. Mr. Schatz’s addition closely follows the recent arrival of Russel Perkins as partner, as well as the promotion of Martín Esteban Strauch to partner, both in the Asset Management Practice.
“Our Asset Management Practice has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade,” said Mr. Barshay, head of the Firm’s Asset Management Practice. “Jeff’s return to Fried Frank continues this trend and we look forward to working with him again as we advise our clients across every major investment mandate.”
Mr. Schatz joins from Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he was a corporate partner in its investment funds group from May 2019 to June 2021. He previously worked at Fried Frank as an associate in the Firm’s Asset Management Practice from 2014 to 2019. Mr. Schatz received his JD from Columbia Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar; and his BA, with distinction, from Cornell University.
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