Valerie Ford Jacob is the Chairperson of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP and also serves as the head of the firm’s global Capital Markets Group. Ms. Jacob acts as counsel to both issuers and underwriters in domestic and international financings and represents her clients in all types of securities offerings, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, high-yield offerings, mezzanine and bridge financings, investment-grade debt offerings, acquisition financings, and recapitalizations. She also counsels corporations on corporate governance and securities regulation.
Ms. Jacob is consistently recognized by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Capital Markets: Debt and Equity, and is consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Capital Markets—Equity Offerings—Advice to Managers (leading lawyer) and Capital Markets—High-Yield Debt Offerings (leading lawyer). Ms. Jacob was also named one of the “45 Top Lawyers Under 45” by The American Lawyer in 1995. She received her JD from Cornell Law School in 1978 and her BS from Boston University in 1975. She is admitted to the bar in New York.