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Movers & shakers: Oct. 24, 2014

by Baz Hiralal

Barclays plc named Ben Davey as head of financial institutions for Europe, the Middle East and Africa as Richard Boath becomes chairman.

Allen Appen, formerly head of financial institutions capital markets, recently left to join Lloyds to head capital and asset-backed solutions. He was replaced by Peter Mason and Peter Jurdjevic.

European media equity research head Filippo Lo Franco will become head of Europe, Middle East and Africa media banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co., which he joined in 2006. He will be replaced by Mark O'Donnell as head of European media equity research.

Former American International Group CEO Martin Sullivan is now an operating partner at Lightyear Capital LLC. Sullivan is nonexecutive chairman of Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford, a global reinsurance, wholesale and specialty broker, and a director of Paradigm Outcomes, a provider of complex and catastrophic medical management. Both are in Lightyear's portfolio.

Sullivan spent 37 years with AIG, most recently as president and CEO, taking over from Hank Greenberg in 2005. After leaving AIG in 2008, Sullivan joined Willis Group Holdings plc in 2010 as deputy chairman and chairman and CEO of Willis Global Solutions.

BNY Mellon appointed James S. Wiener as a senior executive vice president and chief risk officer, effective Nov. 24. He will lead the global risk and compliance group and replaces Brian Rogan. Wiener was a senior partner and leader of Oliver Wyman Group's North American public policy practice and a member of the firm's management committee. There, he led the firm's consulting focus on capital planning requirements under the Federal Reserve's Comprehensive Capital Analysis Review, Dodd Frank derivatives reform, prudential standards for foreign banking organizations, and resolution and recovery planning. Wiener joined Oliver Wyman in 1994.

Geoffrey F. Aronow joined Sidley Austin LLP as a partner in the global securities and derivatives enforcement and regulatory practice, splitting his time between Washington and New York. Aronow is a former U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission general counsel and International Affairs chief counsel and, from October 1995 to June 1999, was director of the division of enforcement at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

From August 2008 to January 2013, Aronow practiced at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he was a partner. He was previously a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP, which he joined in April 2004. Before that, from June 1999, he was a partner with Arnold & Porter LLP. He also practiced at Arnold & Porter from October 1988 to September 1995, joining that firm originally from Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where he spent seven years.

After more than 35 years at White & Case LLP, litigator Dwight A. Healy joined Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP as a partner in New York.

Dwight previously worked with name partners Richard Holwell, Mike Shuster and Dan Goldberg at White & Case. Holwell and Shuster led the global litigation practice there before Holwell's confirmation to the federal judiciary in 2003.

Dwight, who becomes the seventh partner at the firm, has covered federal securities laws, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as well as corporate and commercial law issues. He is also experienced in antitrust and bankruptcy proceedings, as well as disputes involving Native American land claim law and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

In April, the firm hired John DiMatteo from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as head of its intellectual property litigation practice.

Jones Day added Bird & Bird's Andrés Lorrio to the firm's Madrid office as a partner in the banking and finance practice. He also counsels on insolvency and distressed/defaulted debt transactions.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC formed a government interaction practice, adding Patrick J. Cotter, a former assistant U.S. attorney. Cotter is an officer in the firm's Chicago office and will lead the new group. Also a member of the firm's litigation practice and white collar crime and corporate compliance practice, Cotter was previously a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Chicago, where he co-chaired the white collar practice.

Cozen O'Connor announced that Elan Kandel joined the firm's New York office as a partner in the global insurance department. Formerly a partner with Kaufman Borgest & Ryan LLP, Kandel counsels on claims involving private equity firms and their portfolio companies, including professional liability, directors and officers liability, employment practices liability and fiduciary liability.

Hooper, Lundy & Bookman PC hired William B. Eck as a partner in its Washington office. He was most recently a principal shareholder in Greenberg Traurig LLP's Washington health and FDA business group.

In Cleveland, McGlinchey Stafford tapped litigator Scott J. Kelly as of counsel. Kelly joins the firm from Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP named Paul H. Schoeman and Eric A. Tirschwell as co-chairs of the firm's white collar defense and investigations group. They succeed Gary P. Naftalis and Barry H. Berke.


Geoffrey F. Aronow joined Sidley Austin LLP as a partner in the global securities and derivatives enforcement and regulatory practice.