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Movers & shakers: July 2, 2015

by Baz Hiralal

Bank of America Merrill Lynch appointed Martin Siah as head of Asia real estate investment banking and head of Singapore investment banking. He was head of regional Asia, commercial real estate equity and advisory at Standard Chartered Bank. Earlier, he spent 10 years at UBS, where he was head of real estate investment banking and head of Southeast Asia corporate finance.

Alternative investment manager Mariner Investment Group added Dmitry Green as chief risk officer. He was CRO at Saba Capital from 2010 and was previously head of risk management at BlueMountain Capital.

Before that, Green was at BlackRock Solutions, where he focused on fixed income as one of the first team members in financial markets advisory. He later led the build-out of the firm s credit derivatives offering as the first product manager in that area. Green started his career in finance at McKinsey & Co., where he was an engagement manager in the financial institutions group. Green, who has a Ph.D. in Physics from Yale, also spent a year as a researcher at NEC Corp.

Sandler O Neill + Partners LP hired Caspar Bentinck as a managing director in its investment banking group in San Francisco. At Jefferies & Co., he was head of debt capital markets and western U.S. banks. Bentinck advised on PacWest Bancorp's $2.3 billion acquisition of CapitalSource Inc. in 2014 and on AmericanWest Bank's $702 million merger with Banner Corp.

Before joining Jefferies in 2011, Bentinck was a managing director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for six years, focusing on bank debt capital markets. Prior to that, he worked in debt syndicate at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. from 1997 to 2005.

London-based Cantor Fitzgerald Europe appointed Philip Dixon as chief operating officer. Dixon previously served as main board director, chief operating and compliance officer at Hume Capital Securities. Prior to that, he was finance director and compliance officer at Nomura Code Securities. Dixon was a founding member of Code Securities, which was later acquired by Nomura Group. Earlier, he was finance director at Panmure Gordon and chief financial officer of WestLB Panmure.

In London, Morrison & Foerster LLP recruited corporate lawyer Graeme Sloan to be global co-chair of the firm's mergers and acquisitions practice. He held the same role at Latham & Watkins LLP. One of his bigger deals includes counsel on Atlanta-bases Georgia-Pacific LLC s $1.8 billion sale of its European operations to Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA in 2012.

Joseph F. Daniels joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP's New York office as a partner in the firm s corporate practice from Loeb & Loeb LLP. Last week, Steve Chananie joined Sheppard Mullin's New York office as a partner in the healthcare and corporate practices. Chananie joined from Garfunkel Wild PC, where he was head of the firm s compliance and defense group.

In Seoul, Johneth Chongseo Park joined Sheppard Mullin as a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. Park joins from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Expanding its private equity group, Goodwin Procter LLP took on James Barrett as a partner and Edward Amer as counsel in Boston. They arrive from Locke Lord LLP, where Barrett was co-chair of the private equity and venture capital practice.

In London, Goodwin added Simon Fulbrook as a partner. Fulbrook joins from King & Wood Mallesons, where he practiced as a debt finance partner with a focus on sponsor-side leveraged finance.

ING announced the hire of Ernie Zayicek as a director, leading the coverage of North American insurance companies. Zayicek joined from Nomura Securities International, where he was an executive director in the financial institutions group responsible for coverage of the insurance and reinsurance sectors. Prior to this, he was a vice president in FIG at Credit Suisse Group. He also worked at Sagent Advisors Inc., KeyBanc Capital Markets and Bear, Stearns & Co.

Launching a Luxembourg fund formation practice, Jones Day brought in Catherine Martougin as a private equity partner in Paris. Martougin was previously a partner in the private equity and real estate practice at Arendt & Medernach.

Investcorp appointed Tony Robinson as chief financial officer. Current CFO Rishi Kapoor, who has been with the firm since 1992, will become co-CEO of Investcorp with Mohammed Al-Shroogi, who is currently president, Gulf business. Robinson was with Investcorp for 14 years until 2008. He re-joins the firm from Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Co., where he was CFO.

Workplace law firm Jackson Lewis PC, which is growing at a fairly rapid rate, hired shareholders John E. Higgins and Vincent E. Polsinelli, both formerly partners in the labor and employment group at Nixon Peabody LLP, and associate Daniel O Neil, recently an Assistant District Attorney with Worcester, Mass. s Office of the District Attorney, middle district. They are based in Albany.

Consulting firm StoneTurn Group LLP said Michael Yachnik joined the firm in New York to focus on litigation consulting, intellectual property and forensic accounting matters. Prior to five years at Horizon Marine Group LLC, he spent almost 21 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a partner. StoneTurn partner Jonny Frank worked with Yachnik at PwC.


In London, Morrison & Foerster LLP recruited corporate lawyer Graeme Sloan to be global co-chair of the firm s mergers and acquisitions practice.