Cleary Gottlieb Partner Edward Greene Returns from Citigroup
January 8, 2009
International law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP announced today that Edward Greene, General Counsel of Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group, will return to the firm in February. Ed was a partner at Cleary Gottlieb until he joined Citigroup in 2004, and prior to joining Cleary Gottlieb in 1982 he served as both Director of the Division of Corporation Finance and General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission. He will be based in the firm’s New York office and will focus on securities, corporate governance, regulatory, financial services reform and other corporate law matters.
Cleary Gottlieb Managing Partner Mark Walker said, “We are thrilled that Ed has decided to return to Cleary Gottlieb. He brings enormous expertise and experience garnered through his time at our firm, his work in a senior leadership position at Citigroup and his service with the SEC.
“The firm is very excited about Ed’s return and we look forward to working together to provide our clients with the cutting-edge legal advice they have come to expect on securities, corporate governance, financial services reform and other matters,” he continued.
During his more than 20 years at the firm, Ed was a resident of the firm’s Washington, London and Tokyo offices, and was the first licensed foreign lawyer to be admitted to practice law in Japan in 1987. Over his years at the firm he was involved in numerous landmark capital markets and other transactions. He is the author of a number of leading books and articles, including U.S. Regulation of the International Securities and Derivatives Markets and The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Analysis and Practice, both of which were co-authored with several partners at Cleary Gottlieb and are widely used as essential sources of practical advice.
During his tenure as General Counsel of Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group, Ed oversaw all legal aspects related to the group’s activities with issuers and investors worldwide, including investment banking, corporate lending, derivatives, sales and trading, and transaction services. He was responsible for transactional matters, development of business practices, and regulatory, enforcement and litigation matters.
“My time at Citigroup was both rewarding and deeply satisfying, and allowed me to expand my expertise and experience,” said Ed. “I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work under the leadership of Michael Helfer and with the superb Institutional Clients Group legal team. I look forward to applying what I have learned back at Cleary Gottlieb in a broad range of securities, corporate governance and regulatory activities for the firm’s clients. I am very pleased to be returning to the private practice of law among old and new friends and facing new and exciting challenges.”
With the addition of Ed, Cleary Gottlieb will have 197 partners worldwide. He joins Alan Beller, David Becker and Giovanni Prezioso, all former SEC officials. Ed will be the firm’s third former SEC General Counsel and second former Director of the Division of Corporation Finance.