Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced today that V. Gerard “Jerry” Comizio has joined the Firm as a partner in the Corporate Department. He will head the Firm's Banking Practice, and will be based in the Washington, DC office.
Mr. Comizio has significant experience in advising banking clients on a broad range of complex transaction, regulatory and compliance matters. He will continue to advise clients on critical areas of the Dodd-Frank Act, BSA/OFAC and other anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism laws, and mergers and acquisitions.
“Jerry's appointment provides the Firm with deep expertise in banking,” said David Greenwald, chairman of Fried Frank. “Jerry shares our commitment to excellent client service and will be highly valuable to our clients as we help them navigate complex and sophisticated banking issues. We are delighted to welcome him to the Firm.”
Most recently, Mr. Comizio was the chair of the Global Banking and Payment Systems practice at Paul Hastings, which he joined after practicing at another corporate law firm for 13 years. Before entering private practice, he served as acting general counsel and deputy general counsel of the US Department of the Treasury's Office of Thrift Supervision (and its predecessor, The Federal Home Loan Bank Board) and director of its Corporate and Securities Division during the savings and loan crisis. Mr. Comizio was also previously a former senior attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Jerry's extensive experience in the banking space will provide our clients with high-level support on various matters and help expand our corporate practice to meet our client's needs,” said Steven G. Scheinfeld, Global Chair of Fried Frank's Corporate Department. “We are pleased to welcome him to the Firm to lead our Banking Practice.”
Mr. Comizio received his LL.M in Financial Services Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1983. He received his J.D. from Pace University in 1980, where he was on the board of editors for The Pace Law Review, and his B.A. from Fordham University in 1977.