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Movers & shakers: Aug. 21, 2014

by Baz Hiralal

Mark A. Harris and Joseph Gromacki are genuinely good people. So says Jenner & Block LLP's new partner Jason Osborn of a meeting he had with the two partners after receiving a call "on the right day" about an opportunity to work at the firm. Osborn, a middle market private equity lawyer, just started at Jenner after a decade at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago, where he made partner in October 2009. He spent a year in London at Linklaters LLP before Kirkland, where mentors included partners Ted Swan, Stephen Ritchie and Meg Gibson.

Osborn's practice runs the gamut of the middle market, from aviation to retail to healthcare, a market where he expects dealmaking to keep on pace. But don't look for inflated multiples from a couple years ago when the investment horizon was closing in on PE. Osborn says prices look fair at the moment, while, of course, more money will be spent on the good assets out there. Since inversion is a hot topic, Osborn mentioned that particular deal structure doesn't really play in the middle market as the benefit is usually reaped by large cap companies with higher price points.

Some of Osborn's last deals at Kirkland included working with Chicago PE firm GTCR LLC on Carlyle Group LP buying Landmark Aviation from GTCR and Platform Partners LLC for $600 million to $650 million in 2012. He also worked on Universal America Corp.'s acquisition of specialty healthcare services business APS Healthcare Inc. from funds affiliated with GTCR for $227.5 million.


The asset management arm of Royal Bank of Canada, RBC Global Asset Management, appointed Clive Brown as CEO and managing director, RBC GAM International. He will oversee business in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region excluding BlueBay Asset Management. He will start on Oct. 1 in London.

Brown spent 21 years at JPMorgan Asset Management, most recently as global chief operating officer and chairman of Asia, based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, he was CEO of JPMorgan Asset Management International. Brown started his career in 1982 at Price Waterhouse.


David Wright recently joined electronic trading platform MarketAxess Europe as head of investor and dealer client sales and is a member of the London management team. He was previously co-head of credit sales, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc.


Lincoln, Mass.-based Athena Capital Advisors hired John H. Tyler as director of its endowments and foundations practice. Tyler was director of investor relations at BCRE Partners, advising institutional investors. He also spent 11 years at Cambridge Associates LLC, where he was a managing director and advised private endowments and foundations on investment portfolios, working on governance and investment strategies.


Akerman LLP said five litigators, including trial lawyers Douglas Albritton, Martin Tully and Dara Tarkowski, as well as Lauren Cooper and Julian Dayal, joined the firm's Chicago office. The now-24-lawyer office was opened six months ago. Albritton arrives as a partner from Reed Smith LLP, while Tully joins as a partner from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he was national chairman of the electronic discovery and information governance practice. Also from Katten, Tarkowski joins as a partner, along with staff attorney Cooper and associate Dayal.


In Boston, FTI Consulting Inc. enlisted Keith Jelinek as a senior managing director in the firm's retail and consumer products practice. Jelinek was a director in the enterprise improvement practice at AlixPartners LLC.


Mae Shan Chong joined Jones Day as a partner in the firm's private equity practice. Formerly a partner with White & Case LLP, Mae will be based in Singapore.


Goodwin Procter LLP selected Michael R. Caplan to succeed Arthur W. Greenberg as the firm's chief operating officer. Greenberg will retire from the firm on Oct. 31. Caplan has been global COO of Marsh & McLennan Cos.' corporate legal, risk and compliance department since February 2011. He also worked at Bank of America Corp., Goldman, Sachs & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Greenberg has served as COO since 2004 after being hired as executive director in 1996. In his 18 years overseeing the firm's business operations, annual revenue grew to more than $750 million from $106 million, while the number of attorneys went to 850 from 290.


David Cooper, former worldwide head of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s anti-counterfeit program, joined Sideman & Bancroft LLP in a business capacity as global head of strategy and innovation. He will support the firm's clients in their brand programs. Cooper was Pfizer Inc.'s global security director for Europe, Middle East & Africa from 2005 to 2008, and also worked in intellectual property rights protection for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

One of the biggest cases he oversaw at HP led to the seizure of over 1 million counterfeit printer cartridges and components. The investigation led to simultaneous raids on five premises across Ajman and Dubai in 2013.


Jennifer W. Denys was appointed assistant general counsel at institutional asset manager Advantus Capital Management. Denys joined Advantus in 2005 as investment counsel.

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Jenner & Block LLP hired middle market private equity lawyer Jason Osborn from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.


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