by Baz Hiralal
DBS Group Holdings, an Asian financial services firm based in Singapore, appointed Neil Ge as DBS China CEO-designate, subject to regulatory approvals. He replaces Melvin Teo, who will take a yet-to-be-named position within DBS Group.
Ge joins from Credit Suisse Founder Securities Ltd., where he was a managing director and previously CEO. Prior to Credit Suisse, Ge was a managing director and member of the executive committee at BOC International Holdings Ltd.
Choksi has worked in equity research for 11 years, focused on the consumer and specialty finance sectors, including business development companies and REITs. Most recently, he was U.S. equity research director at UBS. Before that, he was with Barclays Capital.
As part of a Cabinet reshuffling, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda named Tadahiro Matsushita as head of the country's Financial Services Authority. He replaces Shozaburo Jimi. Matsushita was most recently senior vice minister for economy, trade and industry, and vice minister of the reconstruction agency established after last year's earthquake and tsunami.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers tapped Megan Quinn as a partner in the digital group, focusing on investments in the consumer Internet sector.
Quinn joins KPCB from Square Inc., where as director of products she led the startup's product team and oversaw strategy and development of its product portfolio. Prior to Square, Quinn was at Google Inc. for seven years, where she led development of several products, including Google Maps.
Imperial Capital LLC added Thomas Pritchard and Kenneth Morris as managing directors in New York to co-head the firm's investment banking practice in the energy sector.
Pritchard was most recently founding partner and chairman of Pritchard Capital Partners LLC, an energy investment bank. He was also a co-founder of Offshore Tool & Energy, an oil service company sold to London Merchant Securities in 2002.
Morris was a partner and board member of Pritchard Capital.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP said Robert Kaplan, co-chief of the asset management unit of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's division of enforcement, will join the firm as a litigation partner in Washington. Kaplan joined the division of enforcement in 1995.
MJ Moltenbrey joined Paul Hastings LLP's antitrust and competition practice as a partner. She joins the Washington office from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. Moltenbrey was formerly director of civil nonmerger enforcement in the Department of Justice's antitrust division. During her 17-year DOJ career, Moltenbrey had been chief of the civil task force and a trial attorney in the transportation section.
David Main will join Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP's national healthcare practice in Washington as a partner. Main was the chair of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's healthcare practice. He was also counsel to the United States Senate subcommittee on health and scientific research, where he was the primary author of the Health Maintenance Organization Act Amendments of 1978. In 1982, he served on the Secretary of Health and Human Services' task force on healthcare reform.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP said Jay Martin joined the firm's Albany, N.Y., office as a partner in the insurance regulatory practice. Martin comes to Manatt from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP announced that Sean Jordan, previously principal deputy Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, joined the firm as a partner in its Austin office and will co-lead the firm's appellate practice.
Litigation and regulatory lawyer Douglas Bonner joined Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP as a partner in the firm's Washington office. He is a member of its government and regulatory affairs practice and the telecommunications and mass media team. Bonner spent eight years with SNR Denton, two with Swidler & Berlin LLP and four as general counsel at MCI Communications Corp.
Clippings from the next column:
-- BlackRock Inc. launches global real estate securities capability, hires Mark Howard-Johnson from Building & Land Technology. Also, chief equity strategist Bob Doll retires.
-- Broker dealer LPL Financial LLC makes Dan Arnold chief financial officer.
-- BGC Partners Inc. appoints Garett Stoffels as head of equity capital markets and Jonathan Falik as head of hospitality capital markets for BGC Real Estate Capital Markets.
-- Tora Trading Services Ltd. brings in Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s Momoko Itoh as head of sales in Singapore.
-- Standard Chartered plc names Carsten Stoehr as global head of capital markets.
-- Jefferies & Co. hires UBS' Brian Pitz and Brian Fitzgerald to cover Internet and interactive entertainment companies.
-- Hartford Investment Management's Bradley Dyslin joins Aflac Inc.'s investment division as managing director and global head of credit, a new position.
-- J.P. Morgan Retirement Plan Services taps Goldman Sachs Asset Management's Bill McDermott for a new role as head of sales and client solutions.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers recruited Megan Quinn, formerly lead developer of Google Maps, as a partner in its digital group.