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Movers & shakers: Aug. 29, 2014

by Baz Hiralal

Two months after stepping down as head of private equity at Travers Smith LLP in London -- for what the firm called a "return to full-time fee earning" -- Phil Sanderson joined Ropes & Gray LLP as a partner. He trained at Travers Smith, became a partner in 2001 following a year at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York and was named PE head at the group's inception in April 2008.

Among his middle market deals, Sanderson counseled Exponent Private Equity on the acquisition of Immediate Media, a company created through the merger of BBC Magazines, Origin Publishing and Magicalia Media Ltd.; Exponent on the £145.8 million acquisition of Patton Air; 3i Group plc on the reorganization of NCP into two groups and the £790 million sale of its car parking business to Macquarie Group and the sale of NSL to AAC; and on the £185 million buyout of Jimmy Choo by TowerBrook Capital Partners.

At Travers Smith, Sanderson was replaced as head of PE by partner Paul Dolman on July 1. As part of an overhaul, the firm also said Jane Tuckley took over from Margaret Chamberlain as head of financial services and markets; Anthony Judge replaced Julian Bass as head of real estate; and Matt Ayre replaced Jeremy Walsh as head of banking and corporate recovery.


SunTrust Robinson Humphrey added three people to its equity research team in biotechnology and oilfield services.

Salveen Richter joined STRH as a managing director, covering the biotechnology and life sciences sector. She held the same role at Canaccord Genuity. Edward Nash is also a managing director covering the biotech. He joined from Cowen and Co. LLC. Chase Mulvehill arrived as a director on the energy team covering the oilfield service industry. He was a buy-side analyst at Carlson Capital LP and Millennium. Before stints at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Jefferies LLC, Mulvehill was an aeronautical engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp. and played minor league baseball in the New York Mets system from June 1996 to July 2000.


CME Group Inc. will name John Pietrowicz as senior managing director and chief financial officer, replacing James E. Parisi, who held the role since 2004 and will retire from the firm on Dec. 31.

Pietrowicz, 50, has been with CME since 2003 and is a senior managing director, corporate development and finance and deputy CFO.

Parisi has been with CME for 26 years, helping guide it through the acquisition of 90% of the financial-indexes business from Dow Jones & Co. and the $8.9 billion acquisition Nymex Holdings Inc.


San Diego-based Lucia Capital Group, a group of companies spanning wealth advice, asset management and investment distribution spaces, named Derek Bruton as CEO. He was formerly managing director of independent adviser services at LPL Financial.

On his surprise LPL departure, the firm stated in an 8-k, "On April 4, 2014, LPL Financial LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, the "company"), permitted Derek Bruton to resign, effective immediately, in light of the Company's concerns about Mr. Bruton's interactions with other employees. Mr. Bruton served as managing director, independent advisor services, of LPL Financial. The separation was not related to the company's performance." Bruton joined LPL in 2007 from TD Ameritrade Inc.


Richard Sieling joined U.S. Capital Advisors LLC's Austin office as a financial adviser, a title he held at Wells Fargo Advisors. He has worked with individual and institutional investors. Sieling began his career with Morgan Stanley in 1988. There, he helped to create a bank in Luxembourg to service the bank's clients and was its co-managing director.

In 1999, he joined Lord, Abbett & Co. to establish its London-based European operations, which included creating its overseas mutual funds.

In 2002, Sieling became the partner-in-charge of international services, overseeing the European, Latin American and Japanese businesses for Lord Abbett.


Investment bank and institutional broker dealer MLV & Co. said managing director and senior analyst Suzanne Hannigan has joined the firm from Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Working from New York, she will focus on upstream and midstream master limited partnerships.

Hannigan was director of MLP research at Janney and was previously a principal and senior equity analyst and a member of the investment policy committee at Rorer Asset Management LLC.


Privately held global real estate investment firm Northwood Investors LLC formed an affiliate to focus on global publicly traded real estate securities, Northwood Securities LLC. James E. Rehlaender is CEO of the new unit. He was a managing director and portfolio manager, international and global real estate securities at EII Capital Management in New York. Before that, Rehlaender founded property securities investment manager Global Property Advisors and later merged it into EII Capital Management in 2000.


HBR Consulting LLC said Bobbi Basile joined the firm as a managing director in its law department consulting practice. Basile was director of consulting and analytics at RenewData and an executive director with Ernst & Young LLP's forensic technology discovery services.

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Two months after stepping down as head of private equity at Travers Smith LLP in London, Phil Sanderson joins Ropes & Gray LLP as a partner.


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