The TCW Group has appointed Meredith Jackson as its General Counsel, effective January 15.

Jackson joins TCW from Irell & Manella, where she has served as a partner and head of the debt finance practice since she joined the firm in 1999. Jackson is no stranger to TCW having advised MetWest in its deal with TCW.

More recently, she worked closely with TCW and Carlyle during TCW’s 2012 acquisition of the Special Situations Funds group from Regiment Capital. She succeeds Michael Cahill, who joined TCW in 1991 and will remain with the firm through mid-2013.

“We’ve worked with her on several important initiatives, and Meredith’s understanding of complex financial transactions and financial markets will be an immediate asset to TCW,” stated TCW president and CEO David Lippman.

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