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Movers & shakers: March 27, 2015

by Baz Hiralal

Robert Komin Jr. just started a role as chief financial officer at residential solar startup SunRun Inc., a sign that the company may be preparing for an initial public offering. According to CrunchBase, the company has raised $681.6 million in 10 rounds from nine investors, including from Foundation Capital, Madrone Capital Partners, Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.

Komin has worked at Tellme Networks, solar cell manufacturer Solexel and, most recently, Flurry Inc., a mobile app measurement and advertising platform purchased by Yahoo! Inc. in 2014. Earlier, he was vice president of finance and treasurer of Cincinnati Bell and Convergys, where he was a founding executive team member responsible for more than $2 billion in equity and debt financings. He began his career with KPMG.

Hiroshi Minoura will become president and managing director of Greenhill Japan on May 1 when he retires as vice chairman of the board of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. Minoura was with SMBC for 37 years, primarily in holding corporate finance, investment banking and international business roles, including as head of the Americas division, head of international banking and deputy president and a member of the board.

Former Jefferies LLC managing director Robert Minkoff is launching Cedar Glade Capital, a firm focused on distressed investing, trade claims and other special situations. Minkoff declined to reveal the size of the fund.
Prior to joining Jefferies in 2009 as a senior vice president and senior trader of trade claims, Minkoff spent 10 years at Liquidity Solutions Inc., a distressed debt hedge fund. before that, he was an attorney for three years with Smith Buss & Jacobs and directed the firm's bankruptcy department. He was also an attorney with Brauner Baron Rosenzweig & Klein (now Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP).

Venable LLP announced that Julie K. McConnell, a former assistant general counsel at the Federal Election Commission and investigative counsel at the Department of Justice, joined the firm as counsel in the political law and nonprofit groups.

McConnell, who worked on the inter-agency team that investigated the handling and sharing of information surrounding the terror bombing during the Boston Marathon in 2013, began her career with the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, handling merger investigations involving pharmaceutical, software and construction markets.

The Washington office of K&L Gates LLP welcomed former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau deputy enforcement director for litigation, Ori Lev, as a partner in the firm s consumer financial services practice. He will arrive in June. Prior to joining the CFPB upon its establishment in 2010, Lev was chief of enforcement for the Department of the Treasury s Office of Foreign Assets Control and a litigator for the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.

Vancouver-based Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital added Peter Bryant to its advisory board. Bryant, a senior adviser to investment bank Q Advisors, is founder and president of TransTech USA, a corporate advisory firm. He has worked at Clear Technology (CEO), InfoNow (President), Mincom (vice president of operations, North America), and Computer Associates (vice president of new business and chief operating officer of Asia Pacific operations).

San Mateo, Calif.-based SolarCity Corp. named Marco Krapels as senior vice president of structured finance and strategy, reporting to chief financial officer Brad Buss. Krapels joins SolarCity from Pegasus Capital Advisors, where he was a partner. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president with Rabobank, managing various divisions over his 18-year career there. From 2004 to 2007, Krapels managed Rabobank s European corporate debt capital markets and derivative sales groups. From 2007 to 2013, he led Rabobank NA s capital markets, specialty finance areas, and renewable energy finance division in California. The latter included several transactions with SolarCity to finance residential and commercial solar projects.

Earlier this month, the solar panel installer created a new investment fund to finance $750 million in residential solar projects, with $300 million coming from Google Inc.

White & Case LLP appointed partner Eric Berg as head of Asia. Traveling throughout Singapore and Hong Kong, he will retain his role as global banking practice leader. Berg has been a partner at the firm since 1987.

Latham & Watkins LLP added Casey Dwyer to the firm s Washington office as a partner in the litigation department. She hails from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP.

Private equity firm CenterOak Partners LLC hired Jeff Moredock as a vice president; Megan Kneipp as vice president for business development and investor relations; and Casey Gribble as an associate. Moredock was an associate with Brazos Private Equity Partners, Kneipp was an associate in the private bank at Credit Suisse Group and Gribble was an analyst in the investment banking group at Credit Suisse in Houston.

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP said Jennifer Fried joined the firm's advertising and marketing practice as special counsel. She was assistant director at the National Advertising Division, the advertising industry s self-regulatory body. Earlier, Fried was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.


SunRun may take a lap around the IPO market with Robert Komin Jr. as its new CFO.