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Movers & shakers: May 29, 2015

by Baz Hiralal

Blake Hallinan is planning a late summer trip to Deutsche Bank AG. The 15-year Bank of America Merrill Lynch veteran, having recently led deals for Susser Holdings Corp., Zale Corp., Party City Corp. and Men's Wearhouse Inc., is joining DB as head of global retail investment banking coverage. He was a managing director in BofA Merrill s consumer and retail investment banking group.

Based in New York, Hallinan will report to Jeff Rose, who was named global co-head of consumer, retail and services investment banking coverage, and to Scott Bell, also co-head of that team and co-head of U.K. corporate finance. Rose joined Deutsche Bank last year to lead consumer banking in the Americas. He was with BofA Merrill since 1997 and advised on the $28 billion sale of H.J. Heinz Co. to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and 3G Capital.

In addition, Keith Wargo was named vice chairman for global consumer, retail and services IBC. Wargo, who was global co-head of consumer, retail and services, will focus on corporate relationships. He will also assume primary coverage of select consumer-dedicated financial sponsor accounts. Wargo and Rose will report to Paul Stefanick, head of global investment banking coverage and advisory and co-head of corporate finance, Americas.

Asset manager Medley Management Inc. recruited James Frank from Yucaipa Cos. as a senior managing director and member of the investing team in New York. Frank was a partner at Yucaipa, focusing on private equity and special situations. Before that, he worked for Apollo Global Management LLC, specializing in private equity and distressed debt investments. Frank began his career in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc.

Oppenheimer & Co. tapped Harry Wool in New York as a managing director, institutional emerging markets bond trading. He worked at Sterne Agee Group Inc. and Gleacher & Co. Previously, he helped to establish and then manage the emerging markets fixed income business at Miller Tabak Roberts.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP said Mark Mifsud, Kate Downey and Alexandra Conroy will join the firm as partners in the asset management practice, resident in London. They counsel fund sponsors and financial institutions across asset classes including private equity, venture and growth, infrastructure, credit and real estate. They were private funds partners in the London office of Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Evercore Partners Inc. will add Lea Lazaric Calvert to its private capital advisory business in July as a managing director to advise financial institutional investors and fund sponsors on secondary transactions. Calvert was an executive director at UBS and worked in its private funds group and previously in its equity capital markets division in London.

Eliot L. Kaplan joined Perkins Coie LLP's corporate practice as a partner in the Phoenix office to help lead the business and tax practice. He concentrates on tax issues, as well as real estate, private equity transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. Kaplan was a partner at Squire Patton Boggs.

Alvarez & Marsal expanded its North American commercial restructuring practice, adding Dan Scouler as a managing director in Los Angeles. He was founder and CEO of Scouler & Co., a turnaround and restructuring firm, and was a senior managing director at FTI Corporate Recovery.

Paul Hastings LLP announced that private investment funds partner Duncan Woollard will join the London office as a partner in the corporate practice. Woollard will join from King & Wood Mallesons.

Crowell & Moring LLP added Harvey Rishikof as a senior counsel in the firm's privacy and cybersecurity practice and government contracts group. He joins the firm from the National War College at the National Defense University in Washington, where he was most recently dean of faculty.

Before that, Rishikof was a senior policy adviser to National Counterintelligence Executive, the agency responsible for insider threat management across the Federal government. He was also legal counsel to the deputy director of the FBI focusing on national security and terrorism and served as liaison to the Office of the Attorney General at the Department of Justice.

Chico's FAS Inc., which The Deal reported is exploring options ranging from a sale to a share buyback, will lose its president and CEO David F. Dyer after the conclusion of the 2015 fiscal year in spring 2016. Activist investor Blue Harbour Group LP has been pressing the retailer to improve since 2013. It took another hit when the Wall Street Journal reported in February rumored buyer Sycamore Partners LLC was abandoning a bid due to a financing issue. After a successor is named, Dyer will remain on the board in the new role of vice chairman through his current term, which ends at the annual meeting of shareholders in June 2016. The board has retained executive search firm Herbert Mines Associates.

Dyer joined the Chico's FAS board in 2007 and became president and CEO in January 2009.

Magellan Midstream Partners LP, once known as Williams Energy Partners LP, made Aaron Milford chief financial officer. Former CFO Michael Osborne resigned. Magellan stated his departure is not related to any issues regarding financial disclosures or accounting matters.

Milford was vice president, crude oil business development since June. From 2013, he was director, crude oil business development. From 2011 to 2012, Milford was director of commercial development and, from 2007 to 2010, was director of business development. Prior to joining Magellan in 2004, he worked for Williams Cos. from 1995 in staff and management positions including in financial planning, business development and mergers and acquisitions.

Magellan recently elected Stacy P. Methvin to the partnership s board of directors as an independent director at its annual meeting of limited partners held today. Magellan transports, stores and distributes refined petroleum products and crude oil.


Crowell & Moring LLP added Harvey Rishikof as a senior counsel from the National War College at the National Defense University in Washington.