by Baz Hiralal
David Blumer will join BlackRock Inc. as head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a new role. He will build strategic client and partner relationships, along with overseeing investment performance, operating and regulatory standards. Blumer was chief investment officer at Swiss Re, which he left on Nov. 1. He joined Swiss Re in May 2008 as head of asset management and a member of the executive committee. In October 2010, he became chairman of its business unit responsible for acquiring closed blocks of life insurance business. Prior to Swiss Re, Blumer was a member of the executive board at Credit Suisse Group, where he worked from 1993 to 2008 in Zurich, London and New York. He became head of trading and sales in 2004 and was named head of asset management in January 2006.
Also, EMEA chairman James Charrington will take a new role focusing on regulation, governance and people. He continues as chairman of BlackRock Group Ltd.
Nomura Holdings Inc. tapped Yasuhiro Fujiwara as head of equities for Asia, ex-Japan. Before leaving Bank of America Merrill Lynch in October 2011, he was co- head of global markets and head of equities for Asia-Pacific.
Deutsche Bank AG made Rafik Nayed vice chairman, Middle East and North Africa. He joins the MENA executive committee and reports to regional CEO Ashok Aram. Nayed was interim CEO of the Libyan Investment Authority . Prior to that, he was head of strategy and business development for Oilinvest Netherlands and head of utilities and infrastructure at Amwal Investment Bank.
Wilken von Hodenberg joined the supervisory board of Deutsche Beteiligungs AG, succeeding Günther Langenbucher, who was a member since 2006 and chaired the audit committee. Von Hodenberg was spokesman for DBAG's board of management for more than 12 years.
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP said former government lawyers Jeremy Newell and Katrina Carroll joined its financial institutions group. Newell was counsel and regulatory policy adviser for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Carroll was recently assistant director for strategic policy in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Treasury Department and previously worked in the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Both joined as counsel and members of FIG under the firm's regulatory and government affairs department in Washington.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC hired five intellectual property litigators from Sidley Austin LLP in Los Angeles and Palo Alto, Calif., headed by trial lawyer Edward Poplawski. The firm recently opened its Los Angeles office. Poplawski was a member of Sidley's executive committee and head of its West Coast IP practice, as well as global co-chair of the IP litigation practice. Other partners are Vera Elson, Paul Tripodi II, Olivia Kim and Sandra Fujiyama.
Jones Day tapped Scott Greenberg for its business restructuring and reorganization practice as a partner in New York. Greenberg arrives from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where he was a partner in the financial restructuring department.
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP added Bret Bocchieri as a partner in the Los Angeles office where he will concentrate on intellectual property litigation, including cyber piracy and trade secret litigation, as well as antitrust and other complex litigation.
He was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Patton Boggs LLP appointed commercial litigator John M. Nonna as managing partner of its New York office. Nonna co-chairs the insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution practice group. He joined Patton Boggs in April 2012 from the New York office of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.
Jackson Lewis LLP hired Karen M. Morinelli as a partner in the Tampa, Fla., office, which opened earlier this year. Morinelli joins Jackson Lewis from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC, where she counseled private and public sector employers on labor and employment law.
Clippings from the next column:
-- JPMorgan Chase & Co. makes Greg Guyett CEO for Greater China and Rob Priestley CEO, ASEAN.
-- Jeffrey R. Porphy joins JMP Securities as a managing director in its investment banking division.
-- Wellington Partners appoints Stuart M. Essig as a venture partner in its life science investment team.
-- Barclays plc names Yera Hagopian as global head of liquidity product in its cash management team.
-- Charles Stewart becomes CEO of Itaú BBA International.
-- Pamela J. Craig steps down as chief financial officer of Accenture.
Rita Weeks joined Fulbright & Jaworski LLP's New York office as senior counsel in the intellectual property and technology department.