by Baz Hiralal
Lazard elected Richard Parsons to its board of directors. Parsons is a member of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness for the U.S. Office of the President and is a senior adviser to Providence Equity Partners . He is a member of the boards of Estée Lauder Cos. and Madison Square Garden Co. Parsons was chairman of Citigroup Inc. from February 2009 to April, and was a director of Citigroup since 1996.
iCON Infrastructure, an independent investment firm focused on Europe and North America, hired Iain Macleod as a partner. He joins from Deutsche Bank AG, where he spent more than 11 years, including as head of transportation and infrastructure for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and as head of mergers and acquisitions for Asia.
Guggenheim Partners LLC launched a restructuring practice in Guggenheim Securities, its investment banking and capital markets division. New York-based Ronen Bojmel will join in October as a senior managing director and head of restructuring. He was most recently a partner and managing director at Miller Buckfire & Co. LLC and worked at predecessor firms Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein and Wasserstein Perella & Co.
Deutsche Bank AG named Carl Wegner as head of global transaction banking for Greater China. Wegner was country head for transaction banking for Standard Chartered Bank plc in Taiwan. He will report regionally to Lisa Robins, head of global transaction banking for Asia-Pacific, and to Feng Gao, president of Deutsche Bank China.
Renaissance Capital brought in four managing directors for its equity products group: Irena Radman, Rupert Hope, Aleksander Diklich and Maria Shatalina.
Radman will arrive in August in New York as head of distribution, North America. She joins from Citigroup Inc., where she was Europe, Middle East and Africa equity research sales desk head. Prior to that, she worked in a similar role at Morgan Stanley for six years.
Also in New York, Hope is head of equities strategic client coverage. He was head of Asia equity sales (except Japan) and head of emerging-markets equity sales at Deutsche Bank AG, where he spent 16 years.
In London, Diklich joined from Citigroup as head of international derivatives. In Moscow, Shatalina has joined as managing director, Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States equity product distribution. She was with Morgan Stanley in New York and worked at RenCap from 1997 to 2010.
Alternative investment manager International Standard Asset Management tapped Darren Upton as head of research and director. Most recently, he worked for Man Group plc as head of research methodology.
3i Debt Management hired Andrew Bellis as managing director and partner. He was most recently global head of new issue collateralized loan obligations at Credit Suisse Group.
Emerging-markets fund manager North of South Capital LLP made Mark Watson marketing director. He was a managing director and head of Asian equity sales at Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Ltd. He previously spent five years at J.P. Morgan Cazenove Ltd., three at Credit Suisse Group and nine at HSBC Holdings plc.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP said Christopher Harrison and Peter Sharp will be co-managing partners of its London office. Chuck Lubar, who helped launch the office in 1981, will step down to focus on his clients. Sharp was London head at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and brought litigation partners Nick Greenwood and David Waldron with him. Other partners from Dewey include Marshall Stoddard, finance, in New York and Los Angeles; finance lawyers Bruce Johnston and Amanda Jennings; mergers and acquisitions attorney Amy Comer in London; corporate and energy transactions attorney Aset Shyngyssov in Almaty, Kazakhstan; and energy transactions partner Ingrid Zhu-Clark in Beijing. Also joining are business and finance partners Brian Zimbler, Jonathan Hines, Oleg Berger, Carter Brod, Roman Dashko and Vasilisa Strizh, as well as international partners Dmitry Kunitsa, Nane Oganesyan and Dina Kzylkhodjaeva. The firm also said Olivier Chambord, a mergers and acquisitions and energy transactions lawyer, joined the firm as a partner in its business and finance practice.
In addition to the partners, Morgan Lewis will have added five counsel, 42 associates and more than 70 staff from Dewey.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Muneer Satter, Hughes Lepic and Gerry Cardinale will retire from Goldman, Sachs & Co.
-- Fund of hedge funds EIM SA hires Robert Phillips as global head of equity long/short research.
-- Advent Capital Management LLC taps Osbert Hood as chief operating officer.
iCON Infrastructure, an independent investment firm focused on Europe and North America, hired Iain Macleod, formerly of Deutsche Bank, as a partner.