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Movers & shakers: Aug. 28, 2015

by Baz Hiralal

Deutsche Bank AG hired Kinner Lakhani as co-head of pan-European banks research alongside Matt Spick. He will arrive in November and report to Paul Reynolds, head of equity research, Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

Lakhani was most recently co-head of Citigroup Inc.'s European banks research team and was a banking analyst at ABN Amro NV and Morgan Stanley. He joins recent hires Sebastian Radeler, who joined as head of European equity strategy from Morgan Stanley and Gael de Bray, who will arrive at DB in December as head of European capital goods research from Société Générale SA.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP added Tony Wang, formerly a Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP partner, to its Newport Beach, Calif., office as a partner. Having worked from Silicon Valley and Shanghai, Wang covers corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on private equity, venture capital, merger and acquisition, and Asia-related media and entertainment transactions. Wang joined Weil, after five years at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, in February 2003 and helped open its Shanghai office the next year and permanently joined that office from Silicon Valley in 2007.

7 Mile Advisors expanded its new office at the Bank of America Center in Houston, adding Steven Cowan as a managing director to lead its new energy and industrial services vertical. He will work with companies providing oilfield equipment services and manufacturing, as well as industrial and engineering services.

The firm stated low crude prices should contribute to profitable opportunities for downstream players, assuming demand remains somewhat steady.

Before an eight-month stop at Clarksons as a managing director until April, Cowan was a vice president, mergers and acquisitions at Express Energy Services, a portfolio company of Apollo Global Management LLC, where he worked from September 2012 to April 2014. He previously worked in oil service investment banking as a managing director at Canaccord Genuity Inc. from October 2010 to August 2012. From August 2008 to February 2010, Cowan was vice president, corporate development at Total Safety US Inc., a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus LLC. He previously worked at Growth Capital Partners LP (August 2004 to August 2008), Deutsche Bank AG (July 2000 to January 2004), First Union Securities (November 1999 to July 2000), and was an associate in energy corporate finance at Jefferies LLC, where he worked from May 1996 to July 1999.

Ashurst appointed Shaun Lascelles as a partner in its global private equity team. He joins from the London office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he co-headed the firm's global private equity practice. Lascelles joined Skadden in 2002 and became a partner in 2007.

King & Spalding LLP announced that corporate and securities attorney Alana Griffin will rejoin the firm as a partner in its Atlanta office. Griffin hails from Synovus Financial Corp., where she was deputy general counsel and director of regulatory relations. Griffin first joined King & Spalding in Atlanta as an associate in 1994. In 2004, she joined HomeBanc Corp. as senior vice president and assistant general counsel. In 2008, she joined Synovus.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP added to its project finance and renewable energy team, hiring tax partner Michael O'Hara Duff in Los Angeles. He joins Milbank from the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin LLP, where he was a partner in the tax, energy and project finance and infrastructure practices.

In Silicon Valley, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP added E. Patrick Ellisen as a partner in its intellectual property practice. He was a partner with Greenberg Traurig LLP. Ellisen focuses his Taiwan and domestic company practice on intellectual property protection, counseling and enforcement in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters.

This is the second addition to Orrick's Taiwan-focused IP practice this month as Ya-Chiao Chang, former co-founding partner of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Beijing office, joined the firm on Aug. 3.

Mayer Brown LLP said Brian J. Winterfeldt joined the firm in Washington as a partner in the intellectual property practice, where he will be co-leader of the global brand management and Internet practice. Previously, he was a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he led the Internet practice. Joining him are one counsel in New York and two associates in New York and Washington.

Winterfeldt was with Katten from July 2013, having come from Steptoe & Johnson LLP, which he joined in January 2009. From September 2005, he was with Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP. Before that, he was of counsel at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC and an associate at Dow Lohnes and Manelli, Denison and Selter.

Intellectual property law firm Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP named Benjamin T. Horton chairman of the firm's IP litigation practice. He has been with the firm since September 2005.

Northern California trial firm McManis Faulkner added Michael Warren as a partner. Representing employers in litigation in federal and state courts, he was most recently a shareholder at Littler Mendelson PC.

Clipping from the next column:

-- TPG Real Estate will bring in Greta Guggenheim as CEO.


O'Melveny & Myers LLP added Tony Wang, formerly a Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP partner, to its Newport Beach, Calif., office as a partner.