by Baz Hiralal
Waller Capital Partners LLC , focused on the media, communications and information sectors, hired managing director Christine Frank from Compass Advisers Group LLC. Frank was previously at Bank of America Corp., where she was sector head for cable, satellite and publishing. She also held senior investment banking positions covering technology, media and telecom companies and their private equity sponsors at Bear, Stearns & Co., CIT Group Inc. and BMO Capital Markets.
Alternative asset management firm Black Diamond Capital Management LLC tapped Jean Fleischhacker as senior managing director, business development. Fleischhacker will lead structuring and marketing for commercialized loan obligations, other structured products and mezzanine debt. She will also head new product development and work on other growth initiatives. Based in Greenwich, Conn., she will work alongside principal Michael Moreno, head of marketing and investor relations.
Fleischhacker was most recently a managing director at Babson Capital Management LLC, heading global distribution. Prior to Babson, Fleischhacker was with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bear, Stearns & Co., where she was a senior managing director, structured products. Fleischhacker began her investment career in the fixed-income department of Alliance Capital Management (now AllianceBernstein LP).
Private investment firm Phoenix Investment Adviser LLC, specializing in deeply discounted, cash-paying bonds, appointed Rachel Craft as vice president of business development and investor relations. She will report to president Michael Donoghue and will work alongside senior vice president Paul Lucas.
Craft spent eight years at Credit Suisse Group, focused on debt capital markets. She was most recently a high-grade sales executive working with large institutional clients, including insurance companies and traditional asset managers.
Morgan Stanley added Robert Herz to its board of directors.
He is president of Robert H. Herz LLC, providing consulting services on financial reporting matters, and has been a director of Fannie Mae since June 2011. Herz is also on the Accounting Standards Oversight Council of Canada and a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Herz was chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board from July 2002 to September 2010. He was a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1985 to 2002.
Herz's appointment will bring Morgan Stanley's board to 14 members. He will serve on the audit committee.
PNC Financial Services Group Inc. enlisted Michael Wingard and Mark Ireton as senior vice presidents, responsible for business development and loan origination sourced from private equity groups, investment banks and other intermediaries.
Wingard, based in Seattle, will focus on the Pacific Northwest and Idaho. He was with RW Capital Partners LLC. Ireton, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, will cover Western Canada. He was with Canadian Western Bank.
Chadbourne & Parke LLP said project finance lawyers Paul Kaufman and Evelyn Lim will join the firm as partners on Aug. 1 in the Los Angeles office. Kaufman is executive vice president for transactions of enXco, the North American development arm of Electricité de France SA. He joined enXco as general counsel in 2008.
Lim comes to Chadbourne from Element Power, a renewable energy company in Oregon, where she was senior vice president and general counsel. Before that, she was general counsel of First Wind, an independent North American wind development company. She spent eight years as an associate with Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York and Los Angeles and was then a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Los Angeles and London. Prior to her legal career, Lim danced with the New York City Ballet.
Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman LLP brought in Lisa Segal as of counsel in the real estate transactional department in New York, focusing on commercial leasing, including office and retail leasing. Segal was an attorney at Citigroup Inc. in New York, drafting and negotiating leases, handling agreements and overseeing outside counsel regarding transactional and litigation matters. Before that, she was a shareholder in the real estate department at Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Donald Mrozek was re-elected to serve a three-year term as chairman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a 500-attorney firm with 24 offices in 12 states.
Mrozek has been chairman since 1989.
Smith is a member of the corporate department, concentrating on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and related matters.
Steinberg counsels financial institutions and borrowers on credit transactions.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Barclays chairman Marcus Agius resigns over rate-fixing.
-- Blackstone Group LP appoints Jan Weidner as a senior managing director, responsible for the German speaking franchise for Blackstone Advisory Partners.
-- CoBe Capital hires Henning Walf to lead mergers and acquisitions and operational activities in Northern and Central Europe.
Chadbourne & Parke LLP said project finance lawyers Paul Kaufman and Evelyn Lim will join the firm as partners on Aug. 1 in the Los Angeles office.