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Movers & shakers: Oct. 31, 2014

by Baz Hiralal

Deutsche Bank AG added Bryan Kraft as a director and lead research analyst covering the U.S. media, cable and satellite sectors in the markets division. Based in New York, he reports to Steve Pollard, head of research for the Americas.

Kraft was a senior equity research analyst at Evercore Partners, responsible for coverage of the cable and satellite sector. He also worked at Cross Research, Banc of America Securities LLC and Credit Suisse Group, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and AT&T Corp.


Jean Châtillon joined Silverfleet Capital in Paris as a principal and Benjamin Hubner and Jennifer Regehr joined the firm in Munich as associates.

Châtillon hails from Paris-based private equity firm Cobalt Capital, where he has invested in middle market companies for seven years. Hubner joins from McKinsey & Co. and Regehr was previously with UniCredit Bank.


Cantor Fitzgerald Canada Corp. hired Peter Gombocz as a managing director and head of electronic and program sales and trading. Gombocz was a senior vice president, global electronic execution at Macquarie Capital. Prior to that, he was vice president of electronic sales and trading at Canaccord Genuity and worked at E*E*Trade Capital Markets and TSX Markets.


Thomas Zipser joined Esposito Securities LLC's investment banking team from Andersen Partners LLC, where he was a vice president in the merchant banking department. His work included equity transactions, equity raises, senior/subordinate debt transactions, private equity transactions, fairness opinions and bankruptcy actions.


Jones Day said trial lawyer Jack M. Williams joined its Atlanta office as a partner in the business and tort litigation practice. Williams was previously a partner with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.

Atlanta partner Stephanie Parker leads the Jones Day team that represents R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., which Williams will continue to represent.

Williams was an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1995 to 2000.

Separately, the firm announced that Edward Rose joined as a partner in the firm's projects and infrastructure practice. Rose will be based in Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia, where the firm practices in association with Alsulaim Alawaji & Partners. He joins from Trowers & Hamlins, where he was a partner in the energy and natural resources practice in the projects group.


Complex commercial litigator Daniel J. Buzzetta joined Baker & Hostetler LLP in New York as a partner from Greenberg Traurig LLP. He covers business contract disputes, business torts, securities, antitrust, RICO matters and internal corporate investigations for public and private companies.

Separately, Sashe D. Dimitroff joined the firm in Houston as a member of the litigation group and the energy and shale team. He comes to BakerHostetler from Haynes and Boone LLP. Dimitroff focuses on international arbitration, complex business and energy litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.


Baker & McKenzie LLP expanded its corporate and merger and acquisition offering in the United Arab Emirates, naming Jayshree Gupta as a partner in Dubai. Gupta joins from DLA Piper in Dubai, where she helped establish its Dubai office and led the India practice.


Kecia J. Reynolds will join Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's Northern Virginia office as a partner in the firm's intellectual property practice, serving clients with International Trade Commission litigation needs. She was with Goodwin Proctor LLP and was a senior investigative attorney in the ITC's Office of Unfair Import Investigations for five years.


Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP added Boris Bronfentrinker as a partner in London. Bronfentrinker joined the firm from specialist claimant competition litigation firm Hausfeld & Co LLP, where he was a partner. Before Hausfeld, he spent seven years as a member of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's competition practice, primarily representing defendants.


Deloitte named Kenny Smith as a vice chairman of Deloitte LLP and leader of its banking and securities practice. Smith, a Deloitte Consulting LLP principal, succeeds Bob Contri as vice chairman. Contri remains as Deloitte's national financial services industry leader.

Smith joined Deloitte in 1993 and has been U.S. real estate industry leader for Deloitte Consulting.


Schiff Hardin LLP welcomed James E. Frankel to the firm's New York office as a partner in its construction practice from Arent Fox LLP, where he had been founder and chairman of its construction practice since he joined the firm in 2007. He also served as general counsel of the American Institute of Architects-New York for 14 years.


Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP New York corporate partner John Hempill was appointed as a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission advisory committee on small and emerging companies. He will serve until the termination date of the committee, which is set for Sept. 24.

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Jones Day said former AUSA Jack M. Williams joined its Atlanta office as a partner in the business and tort litigation practice.


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