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UBS Investment Bank’s new GC is much more of a generalist than most in-house lawyers. David Aufhauser, who replaces Robert Dinnerstein, has landed key jobs in three worlds: law, politics, and business. After careers at a law firm and in government, Aufhauser scored a trifecta when he got the investment bank position. “I’m just a lucky guy,” he says. At UBS, Aufhauser looks forward to a “variegated” portfolio, “ranging from trade to convergence of securities law to general principles of the rule of law internationally.” Although he has offices in New York and Washington, Aufhauser will travel often to oversee the bank’s 600 lawyers stationed around the world. Aufhauser, 53, accepted the job in June, several months after stepping down from the top legal job at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. While he attributes this plum appointment to luck too, he says prior work for Dick Cheney plus leading the campaign to defend overseas military ballots during the Bush-Gore recount might have had something to do with it. After nearly three years in the position and several prestigious accolades — including the Treasury’s highest honor, the Alexander Hamilton Award for Distinguished Service — Aufhauser resigned in 2003 in order to spend more time with his family. “The job, as much as it was a privilege, was 24/7 with engagement in four wars: Afghanistan, Iraq, the war on terror, and the proxy war in Palestine,” he says. In January Aufhauser returned to Washington, D.C.’s Williams & Connolly, where he had spent 23 years as a litigator. When he first joined the firm in 1977, after completing both an MBA and a J.D., he worked in criminal law. But his business training eventually shaped his legal career. Aufhauser says his facility with finance made him the “pivot point” in the firm’s financial matters. On the side, he worked in politics, serving as GC to the Republican National Convention credentials committee and as a part-time speech writer for the first President Bush. This interdisciplinary experience helped Aufhauser at Treasury, where he led the government’s push to end terrorist funding. His focus was not simply national defense, but also on ending “the deficit of hope” in developing countries that breeds hate and terrorism.

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