Valerie Ford Jacob is co-head of our global financial institutions sector group and co-head of our global capital markets practice. Valerie focuses on capital raising, including both debt and equity in the public and private markets, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. She also counsels corporations and special committees on corporate governance, securities regulation and investigations.
Before joining Freshfields, Valerie was the Chairperson at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.
She is a frequent contributor to legal and other periodicals on securities laws and financing topics. Valerie is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, IFLR, The Legal 500 United States and Best Lawyers.
Valerie co-led the Freshfields team that was honored as Transatlantic Private Equity Team of the Year by Legal Week and The American Lawyer for its cross-border work advising Formula One (F1) and CVC Capital Partners on the sale of F1 to Liberty Media. She was named to the Law Dragon 500 Hall of Fame in 2017. She was also honored as a Woman Worth Watching in the 2016 issue of Profiles in Diversity Journal and the 2017 Expert Guide to Women in Business Law, a peer-ranked list of female experts in various divisions of business law.
Described by clients as “a legend in the business,” Valerie was named Finance Lawyer of the Year at Chambers USA’s 2012 Women in Law Awards.
She also is a member of The Committee of 200 (C200), an invitation-only membership organization of the world’s most successful women business leaders. IFLR 1000 recently named Valerie a Leading Lawyer.
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