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General Motors Corporation today announced the appointment of Robert S. Osborne, currently Chair of Jenner & Block’s Corporate Practice, as group vice president and general counsel, effective Sept. 1. Until then, Mr. Osborne will remain a partner in the Firm and will continue to function as co-chair of the Corporate Department with Partner Joseph P. Gromacki. On September 1, Mr. Osborne will withdraw from the Firm to assume his new duties, and Mr. Gromacki will become Chair of the Corporate Department.
Mr. Osborne, 51, has represented GM in the disposition of Hughes Electronics, the spin-offs of Electronic Data Systems, Hughes Defense and Delphi, and the sale of National Car Rental. He also has represented GM in public offerings of stock and debt securities.
Under Mr. Osborne’s stewardship, Jenner & Block’s Corporate Practice has more than doubled in size, handling a number of high profile transactions for global companies such as General Dynamics and GM. Mr. Osborne joined Jenner & Block in 2002. Previously, he was a partner with the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis. Mr. Osborne graduated from Harvard College in 1976 and from Harvard Law School in 1979.
“We have been very fortunate to have Bob leading our corporate practice over the last several years,” said Gregory S. Gallopoulos, Jenner & Block’s Managing Partner. “His vision has been invaluable in taking the practice to the highest levels. We will miss him, but we are very pleased and proud that General Motors has chosen him to serve in such an important position. During his tenure, Bob has put into place an outstanding team of transactional attorneys, and we look forward to the continued growth and success of our corporate practice under the leadership of Joe Gromacki.”
Mr. Gromacki, 41, a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, has extensive experience structuring, negotiating and managing public and private mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, public equity offerings and other highly complex corporate finance transactions. Among other things, he has participated in numerous high stakes transactions on behalf of GM over the years. Mr. Gromacki has also represented the Chicago Board of Trade in a variety of corporate and securities law matters, including its 2005 restructuring and demutualization into a stock, for-profit company in a transaction involving a public offering of securities to CBOT members and its 2005 initial public offering. Prior to joining Jenner & Block in 2002, Mr. Gromacki was a partner in Kirkland & Ellis. He graduated from Yale College in 1987 and the University of Virginia Law School in 1992.
In informing the partnership of his plans, Mr. Osborne remarked in conclusion: “Since joining Jenner & Block, I have had the opportunity to see at first hand the profound respect for the finest traditions of the bar that pervades the firm. These values include our unwavering commitment to client service and excellence of lawyering, our emphasis on pro bono representation and our insistence on civility of discourse and collegiality, both within and outside the firm. These are qualities that define the Jenner & Block experience and I am deeply grateful to all of you for the opportunity to be associated with such a great law firm.”