Steven Berkenfeld

Steven Berkenfeld, Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Barclays

Steven Berkenfeld is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Barclays.  His current roles include chairing the Equities Commitment Committee and the Fairness Opinion Committee, co-heading the Firm’s Cleantech Initiative, leading the banking effort for Emerging Industrial Technology companies, and serving as a senior advisor to the Industrial Group and the M&A Group.  He also is chair of the Investment Bank’s Reputational Risk Committee.

Prior to joining Barclays Capital in September 2008, Steven had spent over 21 years at Lehman Brothers.  His most recent responsibilities were as (i) Chairman of the Firm’s Transaction Approval Committees for Investment Banking, including Commitment Committee, Bridge Loan Committee, Fairness Opinion Committee and Strategic Acquisition Review Committee, (ii) the Global Head of Legal, Compliance and Audit and (iii) Chief Investment Officer for Lehman Brothers’ Principal Investing activities and Chairman of the Firm’s Investment Committee.

From 2001 through 2005, Steven was Chief Investment Officer of Lehman Brothers’ Private Equity Division, with responsibilities including serving as Chairman of the Firm’s Investment Committee, reviewing and approving all potential principal investment opportunities for Lehman Brothers’ Private Equity Funds and assisting in the execution of transactions for each of the Private Equity asset classes.  Earlier in his career at Lehman Brothers, Steven had responsibility for all legal matters relating to Lehman Brothers’ Investment Banking and Private Equity activities, as well as many of its Fixed Income and Equities businesses.

Prior to joining Lehman Brothers in 1987, Steven was an associate at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson engaged primarily in mergers & acquisitions and leveraged buy-outs.  He holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School and a B.S. from Cornell University.

Steven is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club Foundation.  He also is a member of the Board of Directors of Green City Force.  In addition, Steven is the sponsor of the Employment Sustainability Initiative on Employment and Technology at the ILR School of Cornell University, and is actively engaged in various projects relating to the “Future Of Work”.


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