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Fried Frank taps White to head firm’s European PE practice

International law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has appointed Graham White as head of the firm’s private equity practice in Europe. He has also been named partner in Fried Frank’s corporate department and managing partner of the firm’s London office. Prior to joining Fried Frank, White was a senior partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis.


NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Graham White has joined the Firm as a partner in the Corporate Department, head of the Firm’s Private Equity Practice in Europe and managing partner of the Firm’s London office. Mr. White advises companies on mergers and acquisitions, and he counsels private equity firms on all forms of management buyouts, management buy-ins, leveraged buyouts and public-to-private transactions.

The development follows Fried Frank’s recent hire of Commercial Litigation and White Collar Criminal Defense and Securities Enforcement partner Stephen M. Juris in New York.

“I am delighted to welcome Graham to the Firm,” said David Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “He is a proven leader with years of experience handling large and complex buyout transactions for some of the world’s most sophisticated organizations. Graham will further strengthen our team and better position us for continued growth.”

“I am looking forward to helping Fried Frank grow its London office, expand the Private Equity Practice in Europe and build on the Corporate Department’s legacy of great client service,” said Mr. White. “We share a comprehensive understanding of the business climate in which our clients operate and an unwavering commitment to providing insightful legal advice, which creates a great foundation for working together.”

“Graham brings demonstrated leadership skills and legal experience that will enhance our European Private Equity Practice and other corporate practices,” said Robert C. Schwenkel, co-chair of Fried Frank’s Corporate Department and global head of the Firm’s M&A and Private Equity Practices. “I am confident he will enhance the culture of collaboration and collegiality that have been hallmarks of our firm.”

Before joining Fried Frank, Mr. White was a senior partner in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis; in addition to handling significant corporate and private equity matters, he was responsible for European operations and served as a member of their 15-person management committee. Before that, Mr. White helped grow the Linklaters’ private equity practice.

Mr. White received a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 1984 and an LLB from the same institution in 1983. He was admitted as a solicitor by the law Society of Scotland in 1985.

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