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Fried Frank hires two PE partners

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has hired Mark Lucas and Daniel Oates as partners in the Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity Practice, in the New York and London offices, respectively. 

“Mark and Dan are fantastic additions to our team of lawyers, bringing impressive legal knowledge and business judgment to help navigate a range of M&A and private equity transactions,” says David Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “Their experience advising some of the leading players in the market will enhance the value we deliver to clients.”

Lucas was previously a Vice President & Associate General Counsel in the Legal Department at Goldman Sachs, where he covered the Merchant Banking Division. He focused on private equity transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and capital raising activities as well as other principal investments made by Goldman Sachs. As a Fried Frank associate from 2004 to 2010, Mr. Lucas represented private equity firms and public and private companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions; he also acted as general corporate counsel on issues related to corporate governance and other matters.

“We are very pleased to welcome Mark back to Fried Frank, where his strong technical, analytical and collaborative skills will be valuable assets to our team and clients,” says Robert C Schwenkel, co-chair of Fried Frank's Corporate Department and global head of the Firm’s M&A and Private Equity Practices. “With the additional insight gained while working for our longstanding client and one of the world’s preeminent financial institutions, I am confident that he will play an important role counselling our clients on their most complex and challenging matters.”

Lucas received his Bachelor of Laws (with Honors) and his Bachelor of Commerce (with a specialisation in Accounting and Finance) in 2001 from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is admitted to practice in New York and Victoria, Australia.

Previously a partner at O’Melveny & Myers and head of the Mergers and Acquisitions practice in London, Mr. Oates advises private equity and corporate clients on a wide range of multi-jurisdictional transactions, including acquisitions and leveraged buyouts, disposals, public-to-private transactions and initial public offerings.

“I am thrilled to have Dan join me at Fried Frank as we work with others to expand our Private Equity Practice in London and Europe,” says Graham White, head of Fried Frank’s Private Equity Practice in Europe and managing partner of the Firm’s London office. “His experience, work ethic and commercial sense are what clients seek. He also shares our firm-wide commitment to intellectual rigour, collaboration and excellent client service.”

Prior to joining O’Melveny & Myers, Oates was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis. Oates completed a Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School in London in 2002, earned his Diploma in Law from City University in London in 2001 and received a BA from St. Hugh’s College at The University of Oxford in 2000. The Law Society of England and Wales admitted him to practice as a solicitor in 2004. 

Named one of the “Hot 100” lawyers in Europe for 2013 by The Lawyer magazine, Oates was praised for his “meteoric rise in the legal world.” The Legal 500 has described his “good commercial awareness.”

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