by Baz Hiralal
Halcyon Asset Management LLC named Daniele Benatoff and Damien Miller as co-heads of its London office. Benatoff has been with Halcyon since May and focuses on European mergers and special situation strategies, while Miller will focus on European credit and will join the firm by year's end.
Benatoff co-founded Benros Capital Partners LLP in London, an event-driven hedge fund where he was CEO and head of research from 2011 to 2013. Previously, he worked at Goldman Sachs International in London as executive director of Goldman Sachs Principal Strategies from 2004 to 2011.
Miller was most recently a managing director and global head of special situations at Alcentra, beginning in 2007. He was previously a director and portfolio manager for the special situations group at Barclays Capital in New York.
Software and technology merger and acquisition banker Jeff Becker joined Jordan, Edmiston Group Inc. in New York as a managing director and co-head of technology banking. He headed or co-headed software banking efforts at Robertson Stephens Inc., RBC Capital Markets, JMP Securities LLC, Cowen & Co. LLC and, most recently, AGC Partners.
Spectrum Group Management LLC, which invests in the distressed, special situations and secured lending credit markets, appointed Jason L. Perri as managing director, private credit. Perri joins from Apollo Global Management LLC, where he was a senior principal and member of the opportunistic credit team. Prior to joining Apollo in 2007, he was a principal at H.I.G. Capital and Bayside Capital and began his career as an associate in the restructuring and reorganization group at Blackstone Group LP.
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey added Eric Selle to its credit sales and trading team as a managing director, focusing on aerospace and defense, automotive, manufacturing and services. During eight years at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Selle covered automotive original equipment manufacturers, captive finance companies, suppliers, tire manufacturers and dealers. He was previously a credit analyst with Wachovia Securities.
Manulife Asset Management hired Megan E. Greene as a managing director and chief economist, based in Boston. For several years, Greene ran her own London-based economics consulting practice, Maverick Intelligence. Previously, she was director of European economics at Roubini Global Economics.
Exchange-traded funds sponsor Global X Management Co. LLC added Steven Swain as president. Swain hails from private equity firm Aquiline Capital Partners LLC, where he was an executive adviser. Prior to that, he worked at Lyster Watson and Co. and Lazard Asset Management.
American Realty Capital Properties Inc., which just announced it's selling its private capital management business Cole Capital to RCS Capital Corp. for $700 million, named David S. Kay as CEO and Lisa E. Beeson as president. Nicholas S. Schorsch, who was CEO, will remain as chairman.
Kay joined ARCP as president in December 2013 after the firm announced billions of dollars of deals, including the acquisitions of Cole Real Estate Investments Inc. in a deal valued at $11.2 billion, American Realty Capital Trust IV for $3.1 billion and Cole Credit Property Trust. Kay was previously chief investment and financial officer of Capital Automotive Real Estate Services Inc., where he worked with Beeson while she was at Barclays plc.
Beeson, formerly head of global real estate mergers and acquisitions at Barclays and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., joined the company in October 2013 as chief operating officer and will retain that role. She led the integration of multiple teams and portfolios in ARCP and worked or is working on ARCP's pending $2 billion multi-tenant portfolio sale to Blackstone Group LP/DDR Corp., the announced merger of Cole Corporate Income Trust Inc. with Select Income REIT and the $1.5 billion Red Lobster portfolio sale-leaseback.
Alternative asset management firm Fengate Capital Management Ltd. named Heather Crawford as general counsel. She became general counsel at Clairvest Group Inc. after nearly eight years at Torys LLP.
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SunTrust Robinson Humphrey added Eric Selle to its credit sales and trading team as a managing director.