by Baz Hiralal
Bats Global Markets Inc., which completed its acquisition of Direct Edge Holdings LLC in February, said its president, William O'Brien, left the exchange operator. Several months ago, in battle royale fashion, O'Brien engaged in a passionate debate about high-frequency trading with IEX Group president and CEO Brad Katsuyama and "Flash Boys" author Michael Lewis. The CNBC interview at the NYSE got so heated, traders stood transfixed on the debate, where Katsuyama mentioned market rigging and O'Brien shot back with "Shame on both of you for falsely accusing literally thousands of people."
O'Brien was CEO of Direct Edge, where he worked from July 2007 after five years with the Nasdaq. He was previously chief operating officer at Brut ECN, a vice president and assistant general counsel at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where he practiced from 1995 to 1998.
Bats CEO Joe Ratterman reassumes the additional role of president. Ratterman previously held both the CEO and president roles from June 2007 through January. He joined Bats in June 2005 as a founding employee.
Robert J. Murphy joined alternative investment provider Altegris as deputy chief investment officer. For the past five years, he has been chief investment officer, co-portfolio manager and director of risk for Hatteras Alternative Mutual Funds, a subsidiary of Hatteras Funds. Before that, Murphy was with Ivy Asset Management Corp. LLC as a managing director in the investments group and in the investment products and strategy group. Before joining Ivy in 2008, Murphy was a partner and director of risk management at Meridian Capital Partners.
Avista Capital Partners hired Graham Whaling as an energy industry executive. Most recently, he was CEO of Parkman Whaling LLC, an oil and gas investment banking advisory firm that he co-founded in 2007. Whaling was previously chairman and CEO of Laredo Energy, which he co-founded in 2001 and in which Avista Capital Partners invested in 2008.
Prior to Laredo, Whaling was a managing director at DLJ Merchant Banking, where he worked with Avista co-managing partner Steven Webster to build Global Energy Partners, an upstream energy practice which sourced and managed private equity investments in the energy space.
Prior to DLJMB, Whaling was chairman and CEO of Monterey Resources, which was acquired by Texaco in 1997. He was also chief financial officer of Santa Fe Energy, from which Monterey was spun off. Earlier, Whaling spent seven years as an energy-focused investment banker at Lazard and Credit Suisse Group.
Cantor Fitzgerald Europe appointed Eric Bourguignon as director of consumer and retail, corporate finance. He will focus on merger and acquisition and equity capital markets opportunities in the retail and luxury goods sector. Bourguignon joins CFE from HSBC Investment Bank, where he was a senior vice president on the retail coverage team, advising private equity and corporate clients.
Schroders plc added commodity analysts James Luke and Dravasp Jhabvala.
Luke joins the London-based team as a commodity fund manager/metals analyst and Jhabvala is commodity quantitative analyst. Luke was co-head of metals research at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Jhabvala joins Schroders from Palaedino Group in Geneva.
In New York, Abacus Group LLC hired Jonathan Bohrer as chief financial officer. Most recently, he was managing director of finance at ConvergEx Group, where he led efforts on the acquisitions of LiquidPoint, Millennium, NorthPoint, Cogent and Realtick and the sale of Eze Software Group in 2013.
Abacus is a provider of hosted information technology solutions for hedge funds and private equity funds.
Carmelo Anthony, the six-time NBA All-Star who just signed a $122 million contract with the New York Knicks, and Stuart Goldfarb co-founded and are partners of early stage venture capital firm Melo7 Tech Partners LLC. It will invest in digital media, consumer internet and technology ventures. Goldfarb, who sits on the boards of Vitacost.com and WWE Inc., was recently president and CEO of Bertelsmann Direct North America and, in the late 1990s, was executive vice president, worldwide business development at NBC Inc.
The New York firm has invested in Hullabalu, a startup looking at news ways to present stories to children. According to CrunchBase, some other investors include Reddit Inc. co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Gokul Rajaram, product engineering lead at Square.
Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Andre Fiebig joined the firm's Chicago office as a partner in the corporate services practice. Prior to joining the firm, Fiebig was a partner at Baker & McKenzie LLP. He covers corporate and antitrust law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, and commercial law.
Growth equity firm Catalyst Investors promoted Susan Bihler to vice president. She joined the firm as an analyst in 2009. Bihler serves on the boards of Catalyst portfolio companies Alert Solutions, Ascentis and Reputation Institute, and is an observer on the board of Clinicient.
Carmelo Anthony, who just signed a $122 million contract with the New York Knicks, and former NBC executive Stuart Goldfarb co-founded Melo7 Tech Partners LLC.