Edward F. Greene
Lecturer in Law
One Liberty Plaza
New York New York 10013
Edward F. Greene is a partner based in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Mr. Greene’s practice focuses on securities, corporate governance, regulatory and financial services reform and other corporate law matters.
Mr. Greene served as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission from 1981 to 1982 and Director of the Division of Corporation Finance from 1979 to 1981. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Greene served as General Counsel of Citigroup’s Institutional Clients Group. He 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 served as Chairman of the Institutional Clients Group Business Practices Committee in connection with his responsibility for regulatory and transactional matters.
Mr. Greene is the author of a number of leading books and law review 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. Mr. Greene has been recognized as one of the best capital markets lawyers by Chambers Global.
Mr. Greene originally joined the firm in 1982 and returned in 2009. During his more than 20 year tenure at Cleary Gottlieb, Mr. Greene was a resident in the firm’s Washington, Tokyo and London offices, and was the first licensed foreign lawyer to be admitted to practice law in Japan in 1987.
Mr. Greene received an LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School in 1966 and an undergraduate degree from Amherst College in 1963. Mr. Greene is currently teaching a seminar at Columbia Law School and has been a Lecturer at the Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center. He was appointed to the Nomura Chair of International Securities Regulation (a part-time position) by the law faculty of the University of Tokyo for the 1989-1990 academic year, was Chairman of the Legal Advisory Board of the New York Stock Exchange from 1995 until 2001, continuing as a member ex officio, and was a member of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Capital Formation and Regulatory Processes. Mr. Greene is on the Board of Advisors of the Capital Markets Law Journal, published by Oxford University Press, a Trustee of Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and is Chairman of the Board of Lawyers Alliance for New York (LANY provides pro bono legal services in conjunction with participating law firms to nonprofit entities in New York city).
Mr. Greene is a member of the Bar in New York.