Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP today announced that David J. Greenwald, currently a deputy general counsel and international general counsel at the Goldman Sachs Group, has agreed to rejoin Fried Frank in a leadership role. Valerie Ford Jacob, the Firm’s current Chairperson, and Mr. Greenwald will serve as Co-Chairs of the Firm through February of 2015. Beginning in March 2015, Mr. Greenwald will lead the Firm as Chairman and Ms. Jacob will become the Firm’s Senior Partner.
“I am pleased that our initiative to have David rejoin the Firm has been successful. David is an outstanding lawyer and well-respected leader. His 19 years of experience as general counsel of the merchant banking division, as international general counsel and in other significant roles for our client Goldman Sachs, one of the world’s preeminent financial institutions, will be a tremendous benefit to our clients and to our Firm. I look forward to continuing to serve the Firm’s clients,” said Ms. Jacob.
Mr. Greenwald said, “I am delighted to return to my roots at Fried Frank and deeply honored by the opportunity to take a leadership role. Valerie has been the longest serving Chair of the Firm and under her leadership the Firm has grown and is well positioned for strong performance going forward. It is an exciting time to come home and I look forward to contributing to the Firm’s continued success.”
Gregory K. Palm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Goldman Sachs added, “We have benefited enormously from David’s good judgment and wise counsel, and I am very pleased that we will still be able to call on his advice in his new role at Fried Frank, a firm which has ably represented us for many years.”
At Fried Frank, before joining Goldman, Mr. Greenwald focused on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions while representing clients such as Goldman Sachs and Forstmann Little. He joined Goldman Sachs’ Legal Department in 1994. Mr. Greenwald was named managing director in 1998 and partner in 2000. In addition to his responsibilities within the Legal Department, he co-chaired Goldman Sachs’ Firmwide Suitability Committee, which sets standards for clients and financial products. He also was a member of and counsel to the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee, and counsel to both the European Management Committee and the Growth Markets Operating Committee.
Mr. Greenwald serves on the Dean’s Council of the Columbia University Law School and on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is also deputy chairman of the Financial Markets Law Committee in the United Kingdom and has been co-chair of the PLI Annual Institute on Securities Regulation in Europe for the last five years. He holds a B.S. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated summa cum laude and a J.D. from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.