Mr. Friedman, Partner is responsible for all levels of Investment Banking & Municipal Law recruiting efforts. Harlan’s recruiting efforts result in sole sourcing of both candidates and companies within the area of banking, merchant banking, finance & law. He oversees all recruiting nationwide representing both Regional and Super Regional Investment Banking firms; Regional and National Law Firms. Mr. Friedman is tasked with the responsibility for overseeing and managing all aspects of client and candidate relationships from initial interview to transition. He has been instrumental in sourcing, presenting, negotiating and closing candidates.
Mr. Friedman earned Rookie of the Year, his first complete year in the business as well as earning Novum Groups highest distinction as a Presidents Club member every year since 2012. Over the past seven years, he has recruited over 78 individuals and teams throughout the United States He credits his in-depth knowledge of Public Finance and the Legal arena for his success. As he is fond of saying, when you know the industry inside and out, senior people welcome the opportunity to have high level conversations with you.
Prior to his employment with Novum Group, Mr. Friedman held the position of Senior Investment Banking Manager with M.L. Stern & Co, in Beverly Hills. His responsibilities included the structuring; analysis and underwriting of tax exempt municipal bonds and leases on behalf of public agencies and private issuers. In 1988 Mr. Friedman formed the consulting firm of h.a.f. STRATEGIES, to better serve the project financing needs of the developer. As a financing consultant, Mr. Friedman provided the expertise needed to utilize the various public financing mechanisms available for the funding of infrastructure. He has been responsible for in excess of 500 million dollars in community facilities districts and special assessment district funding.
Mr. Friedman graduated from The George Washington University in 1978, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and Western State University College of Law in 1983 (Thomas Jefferson Law School), earning a Juris Doctor Degree. As part of his continuing education, in 1995 he earned his GRI (Graduate, Realtor Institute) and his California Real Estate Broker License, which he currently holds.
Mr. Friedman considers himself a student of the industry in both Debt Capital Markets and recruiting. In any “spare” time he has, he can be found reading, studying and learning anything that might enhance his grasp of the industry.
Mr. Friedman has been married for 37 years and lives in San Diego with his wife, Sharon and Corkee; a very spoiled Yorkshire terrier. He has three grown children and recently became a grandfather for the first time.