by Baz Hiralal
BNP Paribas SA appointed Yann Gérardin as head of corporate and investment banking. He is head of global equities and commodity derivatives and will take the new role in October. He will report to deputy chief operating officer Alain Papiasse, who will also represent the group's general management in North America.
Blackstone Group LP added Borja Arteaga as a senior managing director and Albert Fernandez as a managing director in Madrid.
Arteaga will head Blackstone's restructuring and merger and acquisition advisory business in the Iberian Peninsula. He was with Rothschild for 13 years, most recently as co-head of its Spanish operations. Prior to that, he worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Santander. Fernandez has been at Rothschild for eight years and, prior to that, worked at McKinsey & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Equilibrium Capital Group LLC tapped Janine Guillot and Guy Jaquier as directors.
Guillot was formerly chief operating investment officer for the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Previously, she was chief operating officer for Barclays Global Investors' global fixed income business. Jaquier was most recently CEO of Prologis Private Capital at Prologis Inc.
BTIG LLC, specializing in institutional trading, investment banking and related brokerage services, added Eric Silverman and Jordan Lichtenstein to its futures and commodities desk.
Silverman was most recently trading energy futures and supporting crude oil desk trading activities at Noble Americas. Prior to that, he worked at Glencore Ltd. as an oil derivatives trader and risk manager. Lichtenstein was most recently a sales trader with UBS for seven years. He also spent five years in global energy futures at ABN Amro NV, first on the NYMEX floor and then on the sales trading desk.
ISIS Equity Partners is changing its name. In a statement, the firm said, "Given ongoing events in Syria and Iraq, it will come as no surprise to you to learn that we have decided to change our name. We are no longer prepared to share it with a terrorist organization. We will hopefully be in a position to unveil our new brand in the coming weeks, however it is very much business as usual as far as we are concerned."
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP expanded its business finance and restructuring practice, adding Ray Schrock as a partner in New York. Schrock was a share partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He has represented debtors, nondebtor parent companies and affiliates, secured and unsecured creditors, private equity funds, portfolio companies, and other major stakeholders in in-court and out-of-court restructurings.
Last week, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said it was adding 22 partners from Bingham McCutchen LLP. It added another four to the list: Vance Chapman and Matthew Puhar, corporate; and Thomas John Holton and Thiha Tun, funds. Puhar is in Hong Kong and the others are in London.
Joseph R. Palmore, a former assistant to the solicitor general at the U.S. Department of Justice and former deputy general counsel of the Federal Communications Commission, joined Morrison & Foerster LLP as a partner and will co-chair its nationwide appellate and Supreme Court practice with Deanne Maynard. Palmore was responsible for briefing the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's minimum coverage provision, which was upheld in the Supreme Court's decision in NFIB v. Sebelius.
Jones Day said Antonio Franck, corporate, banking and securities law, will join as a partner in Mexico City. Franck hails from Haynes & Boone LLP. Franck was previously managing partner with Santamarina y Steta for eight years. He was with the firm for 20 years. He was also founder and managing partner with Franck, Galicia, y Robles SC.
Franck represents foreign commercial banks lending in Mexico, foreign and Mexican underwriters, and private sector companies.
Humphrey Baker joined middle market private equity firm Graphite Capital as an investment director from Lyceum Capital Partners, where he was involved in deal origination, appraisal and execution, as well as portfolio company management. Before that, he worked in financial services at Ernst & Young LLP.
In addition, Liam McGivern and Alex Mills joined as investment managers. McGivern was previously with Pricoa Capital Group, where he worked on European mezzanine investments and, before that, was part of the restructuring and transaction services team at Deloitte. Mills arrives from KPMG LLP, where she was a manager in the financial restructuring advisory team.
Graphite has also promoted Simon May, Colm Walsh and Andrea Fernandez to investment directors.
In London, Duane Morris LLP said Saionton Basu joined the firm's corporate practice as a partner. Basu joins from Penningtons Manches, where he was co-head of the firm's India practice. He is a mergers, acquisitions and projects lawyer.
Jackson Lewis PC enlisted Colby Shannon Morgan Jr., who has a benefits and employment litigation background, for the firm's Memphis office as of counsel. Morgan comes in from the litigation department at Federal Express Corp., where he was managing attorney and senior counsel.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Guggenheim Securities hires Fares Noujaim as a senior managing director, investment banking.
-- Barclays plc enlists Akshaya Bhargava as CEO, wealth and investment management.
-- Advent International adds Werner Geissler as an operating partner.
-- Siddharth Suri and Subodh Gupta join Avista Advisory Group as directors.
-- Z Capital Partners LLC names William McBeath a managing director and operating partner.
-- Power Capital Partners LLC taps Eyob Easwaran as a managing director and director of asset management.
Jones Day said Antonio Franck, corporate, banking and securities law, will join as a partner in Mexico City.