by Baz Hiralal
Antitrust attorney Marc Schildkraut joined Cooley LLP's Washington office after fleeing the demise of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. Accompanying him in the move is Jacqueline Grise. Both will be partners at Cooley, which has 130 lawyers in its Washington and Northern Virginia offices and 650 firmwide.
Schildkraut is a former assistant director of the Federal Trade Commission's bureau of competition. In private practice, he has helped win antitrust approvals for mergers of Chevron Corp.-Texaco Inc. , Exxon Corp.- Mobil Corp., PepsiCo Inc.-Quaker Oats Co. , Albertson's Inc.-American Stores Co. and Boeing Co.-McDonnell Douglas Corp. Grise has won antitrust clearances for mergers of Novartis AG-Alcon Inc., Sony Music Entertainment-Bertelsmann Music Group, Whirlpool Corp.-Maytag Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co.- Electronic Data Systems Corp. and InBev NV-Anheuser-Busch Cos. "Marc and Jackie take our incredibly strong M&A and antitrust capability to an even higher level. Their addition deepens and broadens our ability to serve clients in complicated, transformative transactions," said Ryan Naftulin, partner in charge of Cooley's Washington office.
They follow Lyle Roberts, a securities enforcement and litigation expert who joined Cooley from Dewey & LeBoeuf. -- Bill McConnell
Peter J. Solomon Co. tapped David Shiffman as a managing director in its retail, e-commerce and distribution group. Shiffman was a partner at Miller Buckfire & Co. LLC, where he was head of consumer and retail investment banking. He is a former partner and head of retail investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he spent 10 years.
Vincent Berry was named head of mergers and acquisitions at Natixis SA. Berry began his career in 1997 in the ABN Amro Rothschild joint venture, covering equity capital markets. In 2006, Berry joined the global financial advisory team of Rothschild & Cie, working in the energy, environment and infrastructure sectors.
Separately, the firm named Asia-Pacific CEO Hervé Housse as inspector general of Natixis, and a member of the executive committee.
Imperial Capital LLC hired Victor Lafaman and Daniel McAnally as vice presidents, fixed-income sales and trading, based in New York.
Lafaman works in the institutional sales and trading group. He was an associate director of trade claims with Southpaw Asset Management LP. Prior to that, Lafaman was a senior vice president with Amroc Investments LLC, selling distressed debt and special credit risk situations.
McAnally was a vice president with Primeshares World Markets Group LLC, where he sourced bankruptcy trade claims for bank and hedge fund clients.
New York-based real estate placement and advisory firm Park Madison Partners brought in John Sweeney as an associate. Sweeney was an investment analyst for the special clients group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP added three partners to its transactions practice. John LaMaster and Marc Hammerson joined the firm in London, and Steven Otillar joined in Houston. All three focus on cross-border energy transactions.
LaMaster was chairman of, and Hammerson and Otillar were partners in, Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's global oil and gas industry sector group.
Hogan Lovells said James FitzPatrick Jr. joined its New York office as head of the U.S. corporate insurance practice. Partner Martha Steinman also joined in New York. Both arrived from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where Steinman was co-chairwoman of the global compensation, benefits and employment department.
Todd Padnos joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's business trial and finance and bankruptcy practices, based in San Francisco. Padnos joined from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in Silicon Valley.
Goodwin Procter LLP announced that Thomas Beaudoin joined its business law department in Boston as a member of the private investment funds practice. Beaudoin comes in from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he was a partner and chairman of the fund formation practice. He joined WilmerHale in 2004 from Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP said Bruce Douglas joined its Atlanta office as of counsel in the corporate department from Enfinity America Corp., a solar energy development and finance company where he was general counsel and corporate secretary. Previously, Douglas was senior counsel in the capital markets group of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP and a partner in the commercial real estate and finance group with Bingham McCutchen LLP.
Roseland, N.J.-based J.H. Cohn LLP, founded in 1919, and Bethesda, Md.-based Reznick Group PC, founded in 1977, will combine. It will create an accounting and consulting firm with 2,000 employees, 25 offices and revenue of more than $450 million. Pending further internal approvals, the amalgamation is expected to be completed in September.
Clippings from the next column:
-- J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. hires William McLucas to assist in probes of its credit derivatives trading loss. Also, the firm adds Joseph A. Walker as a vice chairman of investment banking.
-- Global Infrastructure Partners taps James Jenkins as a managing director in New York.
-- Neil Wessan becomes group head of CIT Capital Markets.
Peter J. Solomon Co. tapped David Shiffman as a managing director in its retail, e-commerce and distribution group.