by Baz Hiralal
In New York, Perella Weinberg Partners LP hired Michael McGrath as a partner in its asset management business, working with the marketing group and the portfolio management teams on product development, focusing on the private client market segment.
Most recently, McGrath was a managing director and global head of alternative investments at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He joined Morgan Stanley in 2004 and had been director of product development and chief operating officer of private wealth management for the Americas. Earlier, he was head of alternative products and offshore funds at Nuveen Investments LLC.
London-based TFG Systems, which provides real-time risk and portfolio management services to hedge funds, hired Marc Sharman to launch an outsourced operations venture. He was formerly a partner and head of operations at Stoneworks Asset Management LLP, which he co-founded in 2006. Prior to that, Sharman was head of credit operations at Caxton Europe Asset Management Ltd.
Anthony Renzi, executive vice president, single-family business, operations and technology at Freddie Mac, will resign on May 11. The management committee member reports to CEO Charles Haldeman Jr., who in October told the Federal Housing Finance Agency board he would like to step down this year. Before joining Freddie in April 2010, Renzi was chief operating officer of GMAC Residential Capital and president of GMAC Mortgage, where he spent 25 years.
In March, the FHFA cut top executive pay by about 75%, eliminated bonuses and established a cap on new CEO pay at $500,000 for both Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
David Fewtrell will join 3i Debt Management as a portfolio manager. He was most recently managing director, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa loan sales, global markets at HSBC Holdings plc.
Salt Lake City-based Peterson Partners, an Intermountain West investment private equity firm, hired Heather Mercier as a vice president. Mercier worked for Rocky Mountain Wealth Concepts. She was previously an associate at TA Associates.
Seven real estate lawyers joined King & Spalding LLP in Paris. The team is headed by partner Benoît Marcilhacy, former head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's Paris real estate group, and partner Pascal Schmitz. It includes counsel Alexandre Couturier and associates Cyrille Gogny-Goubert, Blandine Hugon-Pagès, Samuel Kujas and Aurélien Néret-Minet.
Linklaters said Gordon Warnke and Joseph Pari, formerly with Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, joined the firm's U.S. tax practice as partners. Gordon will head the New York tax practice. He was chair of Dewey & LeBoeuf's tax department. Additionally, U.S. tax associate Francisco Duque was promoted to counsel.
Litigator Robert Parker joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner in Washington. In 1988, he began a 2-1/2-year term as counsel to the chairman of the International Trade Commission. In 1991, Parker joined the litigation group at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he has practiced for the past 20 years.
After serving as associate deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice since 2010, Robert Weiner rejoined Arnold & Porter LLP as a partner in the Washington office. Weiner previously led the firm's litigation and business litigation practice.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP is opening a second office in Germany. The 11-lawyer Hamburg office will focus on intellectual property and related antitrust litigation. Nadine Herrmann, former head of Allen & Overy LLP's German IP group, will become managing partner of the office.
Mayer Brown LLP tapped Kirk Tucker as a partner in the corporate and securities practice, focusing on the upstream oil and gas sector. Previously, he was a partner with Thompson & Knight LLP in Houston.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP announced that Sean Thornton, chief counsel of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, joined the firm's financial institutions regulation and enforcement group in Washington as counsel. Thornton has been OFAC's chief counsel since 2005, and he has been with the Treasury Department since 2001.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP said Jocelyn Francoeur, of the white-collar and securities defense practice, will become the firm's first pro bono litigation partner, effective June 1. She joined the firm in 2004.
Sidley Austin LLP named Mark Hopson, a member of the management and executive committees, as managing partner of its 275-lawyer Washington office. Hopson succeeds Carter Phillips, who held the role for 17 years and is now co-chair of Sidley's executive committee.
Hopson is a co-head of the firm's white-collar practice.
Squire Sanders (US) LLP elected environmental, safety and health lawyer Kendra Sherman to partner and Jessica DeMonte, environmental law, to principal. Both practice in Columbus, Ohio.
And in the next column:
-- Oil trader Trafigura Beheer BV hires three Bank of America Merrill Lynch executives for its Galena Asset Management unit: Christoph Gugelmann, Stefano Sabbadini and Philip Jan Kok.
-- J.P. Morgan Asset Management brings in Charles McKenzie as head of client portfolio management, EMEA fixed income.
-- Wunderlich Securities taps three equity capital markets professionals from Morgan Keegan & Co. : Tim Ballard, Brett Chiles and Haywood Henderson.
-- Gleacher & Co. Securities Inc. taps Perrin Arturi and Donald Ullmann as co-heads, MBS /ABS and rates division.
-- TD Securities Inc. enlists foreign exchange executives Joseph Craven in Singapore and Andrew Trott in London.
-- Analyst Ben Liss joins KeyPoint Capital Management LLC.
Anthony Renzi, executive vice president, single-family business, operations and technology at Freddie Mac, will resign on May 11.