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John M. Liftin

D.E. Shaw & Co., L.P.
Managing Director and General Counsel
New York, NY, USA


John Liftin is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P. and serves as the D. E. Shaw group’s general counsel. He is also responsible for general oversight of the firm’s compliance function.  Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Mr. Liftin was vice chairman and general counsel of The Bank of New York Company, Inc. From 1998 to 2005, he served as a senior vice president and the general counsel of Prudential Financial, Inc.  Before that, he held the same titles at Kidder, Peabody Group Inc. At each of these positions, Mr. Liftin oversaw the compliance function for a portion of his tenure.  He also worked for eleven years in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Rogers & Wells, where he was a partner, and, prior to that, at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as special counsel to the chairman and as associate director of the division of market regulation. Mr. Liftin began his career in law at Sullivan & Cromwell.  He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in economics, and his LL.B. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.
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