Carl rejoined Reed Smith as a partner in September 2010, following his service as General Counsel of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. In December 2010, Carl was appointed as Reed Smith's Chief Legal Officer. Carl's original service with Reed Smith was from 1970 - 1995 and followed a clerkship with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. From 1995 - 2006, Carl was Associate General Counsel and Secretary of Mellon Financial Corporation, and in 2006 became General Counsel and Secretary of Mellon, serving as such until the merger of Mellon and The Bank of New York in July 2007. At that time, he became General Counsel of The Bank of New York Mellon, serving until 2010.
Carl's practice is devoted to the full range of financial industry issues, corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, contests for corporate control and corporation law. While at Mellon and BNY Mellon, he was actively involved in many acquisitions and dispositions, the structuring and integration of The Bank of New York/Mellon merger, multiple financings (including entry into and exit from the TARP capital purchase program), compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and related matters, and recent developments in the area of executive compensation. He also attended virtually all board and committee meetings over the 15-year period that saw major changes in corporate governance rules and practice.
During his prior tenure at Reed Smith, Carl was involved in many tender offers, both hostile and friendly, and proxy contests, as well as a range of public and private financings. In addition, he was involved in a major financial institution's ground-breaking Good Bank/Bad Bank transaction.