Security Check: Daniel Glazer is the co-head of the Technology Transactions Practice at Fried Frank. He splits his time roughly 50/50 between NYC and London, helping UK companies navigate the legal aspects of US expansion.
What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I’ve spent most of my 15-year career as a NY tech lawyer helping London companies both large and small with US matters.
Describe your experience in London as a New Yorker.
Every day I’m in London, I’m grateful for the opportunity to experience the incredible blend of old and new through a New Yorker’s eyes. NYC is an amazing place, but I’ll never have that same rush of becoming part of a great city as a newcomer.
How can New York and London better engage with each other?
By keeping an open mind about what the other has to offer. In particular, there’s a lot that the NYC and London tech communities can learn from each other — they’re very similar in many ways, but have different styles of doing business. The stereotypical New York aggression often works well, but London cool can be just as effective.
Favorite NYC secret spot: Perhaps it’s not so secret, but Jack Demsey’s is my bar of choice for a morning of proper football. Favorite spot used to be Chumley’s, a former speakeasy in the West Village (RIP).
Favorite London secret spot: Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. Re-built in 1667, they just don’t make pubs like this in NYC (or anywhere else in the US).
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Other than New York, it’s got to be London. I never grow tired of history and progress happily (sometimes not so happily) sitting side by side. And I may be out on a limb here, but I’m partial to the weather and the food.
In flight entertainment:
- What’s playing in your headphones right now? Miles Davis — Kind of Blue. Coltrane‘s up next.
- And what are you currently reading? “At Home: A Short History of Private Life” by Bill Bryson. If I could ask for one talent, it would be to observe and to write like Bill Bryson.