Goldman Sachs Group's top activism banker. Steven Barg, is joining the New York hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., one of the main firms he used to defend companies against, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg.
Mr. Barg will join the firm as its new global head of corporate engagement, the memo said. Mr. Barg, a Goldman partner, was the bank's co-head of mergers and acquisitions shareholder advisory. He is also a veteran capital markets banker and spent the bulk of his career in Asia. He joined Goldman in 2010 from UBS Group.
In his new role, Mr. Barg will lead Elliott's strategic equities team and advise on corporate engagement, shareholder interactions, director recruitment and other strategic elements, according to the memo.
"We believe Steven will be an important addition to the Elliott team and will help us to continue to advance Elliott's role in leading corporate engagements globally," Elliott's co-CEOs Paul Singer and Jon Pollock said in the memo.
Elliott, which has $35 billion under management, has become one of the busiest activists globally. Founded by Singer in 1977, the fund has pushed for major changes at large companies such as eBay Inc., Hyundai Motor Group, BHP Group and Samsung Electronics Co. The firm has expanded its reach in recent years with a private equity arm that recently acquired bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc.
Elliott and Mr. Barg declined to comment. Goldman Sachs officials weren't immediately available for comment.
Over the past decade, activist investors such as Elliott have taken on a bigger role in shaking up corporate board rooms and also become a major factor in mergers and acquisitions activity. That in turn has created a booming business for bankers to advise companies that are facing challenges from activist firms.
Elliott has hired investment bankers before, such as Geoffrey Sorbello, who joined the hedge fund from boutique bank Houlihan Lokey Inc. in 2016.