NEW YORK, May 24 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that Ghassan "Gus" M. Atiyah will join the Firm as a corporate partner in the Financing practice in Washington. Previously he was at Hogan & Hartson LLP.
"We are delighted to welcome Gus to our firm. Fried Frank's financing practice continues to grow at a very rapid rate. Gus has broad-based financing expertise that will serve the needs of this practice well," said Valerie Ford Jacob, Fried Frank's Chairperson.
"The addition of Gus in our Washington office also demonstrates our commitment to having the full configuration of practices present in each of our offices. He is a strong addition to our corporate department and will provide support across a broad range of financing transactions and practices," added Justin Spendlove, Fried Frank's Managing Partner.
Mr. Atiyah's practice focuses on all types of private finance transactions and private equity matters primarily representing private equity sponsors and portfolio companies in leveraged financing transactions. He has worked on numerous merger and acquisition transactions in a range of industries on behalf of private equity funds and hedge funds.
Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Mr. Atiyah served as the General Counsel for International Affairs at the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) in Kuwait. He began his legal career at Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York, as part of their banking and finance group. Mr. Atiyah received his JD, with honors, from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone Scholar. He received his B.S.F.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service. He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia and New York.
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