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Movers & shakers: July 31, 2015

by Baz Hiralal

Chicago-based independent futures brokerage and clearing firm, R.J. O'Brien & Associates, said Tony Dalton joined its New York office as head of the foreign exchange division. Phil Fondren was named executive director, FX administrator. Dalton was managing director, futures, options and OTC clearing at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York from 2012 to 2014. Dalton joined BofA in 2000 to help build its FX prime brokerage business and launched it within five months of joining. He previously helped establish and build the FX prime brokerage businesses at Barclays Bank in the mid-1990s, and at ABN Amro NV in 1998.

Dalton was a senior adviser to the foreign exchange and investments markets group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as it developed best practice recommendations for FX prime brokerage in 2005.


Oil and gas transactional lawyer Bryan Loocke joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a partner from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. He focuses on unconventional and shale oil and gas, the Gulf of Mexico and joint ventures, and advises on mergers and acquisitions, sales, farmouts, operating agreements, gathering and transportation agreements, rig procurement, engineering, procurement and construction, leasing, exploration, production and development and production payments.

In a statement regarding the move, Loocke noted there is an increasing number of private equity firms and credit funds investing in the oil and gas sector.


BTIG LLC added restaurant-focused investment banker Steven Rockwell as a managing director. He was responsible for the restaurant investment banking practice at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Previously, Rockwell was vice president of finance for Ruby Tuesday Inc., responsible for corporate planning, bank relations, franchise finance and investor relations. From 1999 through 2006, he was a partner, chief operating officer and portfolio manager at Brown Advisory. He was also founder of Rockwell Partners, where he was a consultant to emerging restaurant companies.


Manulife Asset Management hired Jason Fromer as managing director and head currency trader, a new position. He is based in Boston. Most recently, Fromer was with State Street Global Markets, where he was a vice president of foreign exchange sales. Prior to that, he was head currency trader at Putnam Investments and worked on the macro trading desk at Soros Fund Management.


Constantine Cannon LLP welcomed Mary Inman, Tim McCormack, Jessica Moore, Molly Knobler and Ari Yampolsky to its whistleblower practice in San Francisco and Washington. Inman and McCormack joined as partners, Moore as of counsel, and Knobler and Yampolsky as associates. Also, Christine Zengel and Janice LeBon joined the firm as whistleblower practice manager and paralegal, respectively. All hail from Phillips & Cohen Associates Ltd.


Akerman LLP expanded its Latin America and Caribbean practice, adding partner Arturo Banegas Masiá in New York. He has worked on cross-border transactions, particularly in the financial services and telecommunications sectors. Masiá was senior counsel at Verizon Wireless, responsible for mobile payments, carrier billing and mobile commerce initiatives.


Kent E. Weaver was named director of client service for Glenmede Investment Management LP, working with institutional clients. Weaver returns to Glenmede after 13 years as a partner at Philadelphia International Advisors LP, where he was director of client service and sales/chief compliance officer.


Alston & Bird LLP hired patent prosecutor Ardeshir Tabibi as a partner in the firm s Silicon Valley office. Tabibi was a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, which he joined in 2000.


Private equity firm Riverside Co. promoted Peter Tsang to partner in San Francisco. He is industry sector head of education and training. Earlier, he was investment banking analyst at Houlihan Lokey and a staff auditor at Ernst & Young.


Kainos Capital, acquiring and managing food and consumer businesses, tapped Kevin Elliott as a partner. Elliott was president and chief operating officer of Nash Finch Inc. before its sale to Spartan Stores Inc. for $1.3 billion in 2013. Prior to Nash Finch, Elliott was with 7-Eleven Inc. for eight years, most recently as senior vice president of merchandising, marketing and distribution for its 8,000 domestic stores. Before that, he was vice president of procurement at Webvan.


Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLC added managing director Daniel F. Rahill in Chicago. He was he was partner-in-charge of tax services at FGMK and was a partner with KPMG LLP for 21 years, where he was partner-in-charge of tax for the Chicago metro business unit and trustee of the KPMG Foundation.


Consultancy StoneTurn Group hired Michael Gordon, experienced in valuation and financial damage analysis, as a managing director in Boston. Prior to three years at Floyd Advisory LLC, he spent seven at Charles River Associates & Marakon. Earlier, he worked at Tofias PC and Ernst & Young.

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Oil and gas transactional lawyer Bryan Loocke joined Vinson & Elkins LLP as a partner from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.


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