by Baz Hiralal
On April 7, Helen Zhu will join BlackRock Inc. as a managing director and head of China equities, reporting to Andrew Swan, head of Asian equities. Zhu spent eight years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., most recently as a managing director and chief China equity strategist in the global economics, commodities and strategy research department. Zhu began her investment banking career with Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette Inc. in New York and Hong Kong. She was also a director of telecom research at ABN Amro NV. Zhu joined Goldman in 2006 and was named a managing director in 2008.
BNP Paribas Investment Partners hired Colin Graham for its multi-asset solutions team as chief investment officer and head of tactical asset allocation and research. He was most recently, co-head of global multi-asset strategies team at BlackRock Inc., which he left in April. He arrived at BlackRock in September 2006 via the merger with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where he was a director. Graham arrived at MLIM after it acquired Mercury Asset Management for $5.3 billion in 1997. Graham began his career at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership Ltd. in 1992.
Marinus Capital Advisors LLC, an asset manager providing credit solutions for institutional investors, hired Sam DeRosa-Farag as senior strategist, a new position. He was a managing director and portfolio strategist at Morgan Creek Capital Management, responsible for credit products and strategy. Prior to that, DeRosa-Farag was president of Ore Hill Partners and a member of its investment committee. Before Ore Hill, he was a managing director of the global leveraged finance strategy and portfolio products group and co-head of the high yield research department of Credit Suisse Group. He joined the firm from Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc., which Credit Suisse acquired in November 2000, and where he was a managing director and head of leverage finance research. Prior to DLJ, Mr. DeRosa-Farag was head of high yield portfolio and strategic research at Chase Securities and managed the high yield quantitative and portfolio strategies group at CS First Boston.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP added oil and gas attorney Michael J. Byrd to its energy practice in Houston. He focuses on upstream mergers and acquisitions, as well as farmouts, exploration agreements and other joint ventures, operating agreements and seismic agreements. Byrd was chair of Baker & McKenzie LLP's North America oil and gas practice group. Byrd joined Baker in 2009 with a group of lawyers from Thompson & Knight LLP, which he joined in May 2006. Before that, Byrd was with Cotton, Bledsoe, Tighe & Dawson PC from July 1997.
Chris LaFollette, partner in charge of Akin Gump's Houston office and head of the firm's oil and gas practice referred to him as "a real 'dirt' lawyer, one of the very few out there."
Byrd also represents clients in various oil and gas litigation matters. A former petroleum landman, Byrd is board certified in Oil, Gas and Mineral Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and a five-time chairman of the committee that writes and grades the exam for such certification.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP said M. Breen Haire joined the Firm's corporate practice as a partner in its Houston office. He has counseled on mergers and acquisitions involving energy companies and master limited partnerships in the oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, oilfield services, contract drilling, petrochemical and other sectors, and has worked on capital markets offerings. Haire was previously a partner at Baker Botts LLP in Houston.
The Milan office of K&L Gates LLP welcomed Arturo Meglio as a partner in the firm's corporate/merger and acquisition practice. He joins K&L Gates from Bird & Bird LLP. The firm noted he has significant experience counseling on reorganization issues for family-owned groups. Meglio also assists foreign corporations, including those from Brazil, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Japan and the U.S., in entering and conducting business in the Italian markets.
Global employment law specialist Renata Neeser joined Littler Mendelson PC as a shareholder. She was an attorney in White & Case LLP's international labor and employment practice. Neeser has practiced in the U.S. and Brazil.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP brought in several lawyers from Bingham McCutchen LLP: Mark Williams, a partner in the energy practice in Washington; Daniel Nelson, a tax partner in Boston; Gerald Kehoe, a partner in the business and finance practice's private investment funds group in Boston; and of counsel Ann Chamberlain, business and finance in New York.
In Washington, Hogan Lovells added Praveen Goyal to the firm's government regulatory practice as counsel. He will be a member of communications group. Goyal was most recently vice president of public policy for BlackBerry Ltd. (formerly Research In Motion Ltd.), where he led development of global public policy advocacy and compliance strategies to address emerging regulatory barriers for the manufacturer of the BlackBerry smartphone. Prior to that, he worked on BlackBerry's government relations team. Goyal has also served as counsel in the United States Congress and the Federal Communications Commission.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Pacific Investment Management Co. LLC hires Harley Bassman from Credit Suisse Group as an executive vice president and portfolio manager.
-- Western Asset Management Co. promotes Chia-Liang Lian to co-head, emerging markets debt.
-- American Capital Ltd. promotes Ryan Brauns to head of sponsor finance.
On April 7, Helen Zhu will join BlackRock Inc. as a managing director and head of China equities.