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Movers & shakers: Nov. 25, 2015

by Baz Hiralal

French mergers and acquisitions lawyer Laurent Faugerolas joined Dechert LLP. Since February 2013, he has advised on M&A through a corporate finance firm, LF Advising, that he set up after practicing for two years at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Before that, he was a partner in the Paris office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP.

Faugerolas advised Total SA in its 1999 hostile takeover of Elf Aquitaine for $55 billion, Essilor as a shareholder of Sperian Protection on Honeywell International Inc.'s tender offer, Sanofi-Aventis SA in its acquisitions of Laboratoire Oenobiol and Fovea Pharmaceuticals and Schneider Electric SA in bond issuances in France and the U.S. He also advised Renault SA in its acquisition of Nissan, Total in its exchange offer for Petrofina, Sanofi in its exchange offer for Aventis and on other capital markets transactions.

Faugerolas was previously a partner with Jones Day.

Hamish Mackenzie joined PricewaterhouseCoopers' restructuring team as a partner. He was a director of Rothschild's restructuring practice and has a background in mergers and acquisitions and special situations. Earlier, Mackenzie was a partner at PAI Partners, where he opened the London office and helped build its U.K. operations. Before that, he worked at Candover plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc. He started in private equity with Charterhouse & Private Equity in 1989.

PwC recently added Alistair Dick from Rothschild to lead its corporate financial restructuring team. He was most recently head of Rothschild's debt advisory and restructuring practice in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He also spent more than six years in Rothschild s European debt advisory and restructuring team, based in London.

Investment bank Cascadia Capital LLC enlisted Ann Watson as chief operating officer and Tom Hanly as board member.

Watson was chief financial officer of Moss Adams LLP and chief human resources officer at Russell Investments.

Hanly is CEO of Two Eagle Investments. Previously, he spent more than a decade at Russell Investments, including as chief investment officer, COO and CFO. Before that, he was an investment banker in JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s financial institutions group in New York, leading mergers and acquisitions for financial services companies worldwide.

Dallas private equity firm Teakwood Capital, focused on technology, made three hires.

Stu Bell joined as managing director of business development. Bell was a senior vice president in Comerica Bank's technology and life science office in Dallas.

Executive partner David Sikora was most recently founder & CEO of Digby where he built mobile and application storefronts for 50 major brands including Home Depot Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and Under Armour Inc.

Executive partner Dave Ellett is CEO of RemitDATA.

In Brussels, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP added partners Isabelle Rahman and Wim Vandenberghe to its recently-established EU competition and regulatory practice. They arrive from Dechert.

Separately, James J. Thompson joined Sheppard Mullin from Snell & Wilmer LLP as a partner in the firm's corporate practice, based in Los Angeles.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP said Brian Kniesly joined the firm as a partner in the tax practice. He was previously a partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he worked in New York since 2001.

Investment and wealth management firm Glenmede made two promotions, naming Laura LaRosa as director of business development and Susan Mucciarone as director of private client relationship management.

LaRosa has been director of portfolio management and director of fixed income management. She joined the firm 20 years ago. Mucciarone joined Glenmede in 2010 as director of wealth advisory. She was executive vice president and senior managing director of Wells Fargo Family Wealth (formerly Calibre, a division of Wachovia Corp.). During her 15 years with Wells Fargo, Mucciarone had been managing director of wealth management for the mergers and acquisitions group, and managing director and president of the alternative investment group.

Jackson Lewis PC brought in employment litigator Katrina Morgan as a shareholder in the firm's St. Louis office. Morgan practiced at Hesse Martone PC.

Edgcomb Law Group LLP promoted Ladd Cahoon to partner. Cahoon, who was senior counsel, is based in San Francisco and focuses on environmentally impaired property transactions. Earlier, he conducted water quality enforcement at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Danaher Corp., in the process of splitting in two, added Brian Ellis as senior vice president and general counsel. Ellis was GC of Medtronic plc's $8 billion global restorative therapies group from July 2010. He spent the previous six years at GE Healthcare, most recently as general counsel of monitoring solutions and services. Ellis, who started out as an associate at Ungaretti & Harris LLP in 1993, was an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Chicago U.S. Attorney's Office. He also practiced as a partner at Altheimer & Gray before joining GE in March 2005.

The conglomerate announced in May it would split into a science and technology company and a diversified industrial company. At the same time, it also bought air and water-filter maker Pall Corp. for $13.8 billion.


French mergers and acquisitions lawyer Laurent Faugerolas joined Dechert LLP.