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Movers & shakers: April 17, 2014

by Baz Hiralal

Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Bart Chilton joined DLA Piper as a senior adviser in Washington. The flashy commissioner pushed for Wall Street reform with a saucy eloquence, sprinkling speeches with music references. He left his post with harsh words for big finance, saying in a Bloomberg interview: "The lesson for me is: The financial sector is so powerful that they will roll things back over time. The Wall Street firms have tremendous influence, and they can impact policy to a greater degree than any one regulator or a small group of regulators can."

Chilton was nominated and confirmed as a CFTC Commissioner during the Bush and Obama administrations (2007 and 2009), and chaired the CFTC's energy and environmental markets advisory and global markets advisory committees.

In 2008, Chilton led the Obama transition team with regard to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to joining the CFTC in 2005, he was a Schedule C political appointee of President Bush at the U.S. Farm Credit Administration.

From 2001 to 2005, Chilton was a senior advisor to Senator Tom Daschle, who is now a senior policy adviser at DLA Piper. From 1995-2001, Chilton was a Schedule C political appointee of President Clinton, where he rose to deputy chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. Earlier in his career, Chilton worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he was a legislative director for three members of Congress and was the executive director of the bipartisan Congressional Rural Caucus.

On the same day in November that the CFTC approved proposals on position limits, Chilton told President Obama he would leave in the near future, citing the Etta James song "At Last." Chilton said, "I've waited until now -- today -- to get this proposed rule out the door, and now -- at last -- with the process coming nearly full circle, I can leave."

Kunardy Lie replaced Suresh Narang as Deutsche Bank AG's chief country officer for Indonesia, where the next presidential election will be on July 9. Narang retired in March after 27 years with DB. Lie arrives from Citigroup Inc., where he was a managing director and head of corporate and investment banking, Indonesia.

Advisory firm CriticalPoint Partners hired Samuel Hirsch as a managing director. Hirsch was managing director of Conway MacKenzie's Los Angeles office. Previously, he was a managing director at XRoads Solutions Group and a vice president at Blackstone Group LP. He advised on the $430 million acquisition of Calvin Klein Inc. by Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. in 2002, the $60 million sale of Executive Conference to Investcorp in 2002 and the acquisition of Composite Structures LLC from Alcoa Inc. by Pritzker Group. He also played roles in restructuring the Modern Honolulu Hotel, Joy Global and Xerox Corp.

Hirsch was also president of Richard Marshall Fine Flooring from 2005 to 2011.

Morrison & Foerster LLP said Shirin Tang, experienced in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and joint ventures, will join the firm as a corporate partner in Singapore. Tang joins from Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she led a range of cross-border transactions and practiced from its New York office for nearly six years.

Robert E. Connolly joined GeyerGorey LLP in Washington as a partner. Joining from DLA Piper in Philadelphia, he was previously a prosecutor with the middle Atlantic field office of the antitrust division, Department of Justice. He joined the office in 1980 and was chief from 1994 until early 2013. Connolly will lead GeyerGorey's corporate internal investigations practice and be part of the compliance team.

Morningstar Inc. named Michael Holt as global head of equity and corporate credit research. He heads a team of 120 analysts and strategists in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Working from Chicago, he reports to global head of research Haywood Kelly. Holt is a member of the economic moat committee, a group of senior members of the equity research team responsible for reviewing all Economic Moat and Moat Trend ratings issued by Morningstar. He joined Morningstar in 2008 as an equity analyst and became a senior analyst in 2009. Holt was then an associate director, co-managing the technology equity research team. In 2012, he was named director of North American equity research, managing a team of 70 analysts. Before joining Morningstar, Holt was as an associate with Municipal Mortgage & Equity.

Ben Dunham, former chief counsel to late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), joined McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP's Washington office as counsel in the public policy and regulatory affairs department, concentrating on environment, energy and product regulation.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced that Andrew R. Andreasik joined the firm's real estate department as a partner in the Chicago office. Previously, Andreasik was a partner at K&L Gates LLP. Earlier in his career, he was a real estate attorney with Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, which combined with K&L Gates in March 2009.

BNY Mellon Investment Management appointed Simon Cox as an investment strategist, Asia Pacific. Cox was the Asia economic editor at the Economist, which he joined in 2003.

Clippings from the next column:

-- Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. names Hardy Manges as co-head of municipal debt capital markets.
-- Ernst & Young appoints Michael Solender as global vice chair and general counsel.
-- Danaher Corp. names Thomas P. Joyce Jr. to succeed H. Lawrence Culp Jr. as president and CEO in March.


Former Commodity Futures Trading Commission Commissioner Bart Chilton brings his saucy eloquence to DLA Piper as a senior adviser in Washington.