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Goldman Sachs deputy GC joins Fried Frank

David Greenwald rejoins the firm after 19 years at Goldman

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has tapped one of its former lawyers to come back and lead the firm.

Fried Frank announced today that David J. Greenwald, currently a deputy and international general counsel at Goldman Sachs Group, will be rejoining the law firm in a leadership role. Although a start date hasn’t yet been announced, Greenwald will serve as co-chair along with Valerie Ford Jacob, Fried Frank’s current chairperson, through February 2015. He will take over as chairman in March 2015.

Greenwald worked as a lawyer with Fried Frank in the early 1990s, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Goldman Sachs, one of his clients at the time, brought Greenwald in-house in 1994. According to Goldman GC Gregory Palm, Greenwald will continue to work closely with the company.

“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,” Palm said in a Fried Frank statement.

Greenwald also said he is excited about returning to his roots and honored to be taking on a leadership role with Jacob. “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,” he said.

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