by Baz Hiralal
Blackstone Group LP appointed Jan Weidner as a senior managing director, responsible for the German-speaking franchise for Blackstone Advisory Partners. Based in Frankfurt, Weidner was most recently a managing director and member of Leonardo & Co.'s European operating committee.
Weidner started his career with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and BHF-Bank and led Morgan Stanley's mergers and acquisitions department in Germany until 2002. He joined Drueker & Co. in 2002 and merged the firm into Leonardo in 2007.
CoBe Capital hired Henning Walf as a managing director to lead mergers and acquisitions and operational activities in Northern and Central Europe. Most recently, Walf was a partner at goetzpartners Management Consultants, an independent merger and acquisition advisory and management consulting firm in Germany, where he was head of strategy and restructuring practices. Before that, he worked at McKinsey & Co. and the Brazilian Ministry of Development.
Altius Associates Ltd. appointed Doug Moore as head of its U.S. investor relations team, based in Richmond, Va. Moore joins Altius from Agecroft Partners LLC, where he was a managing director, responsible for marketing to institutional investors in the U.S. and Europe on behalf of a small group of alternative investment managers.
Moore replaces partner Chason Beggerow, who was asked to return to the investment team to take a position developing the firm's secondary limited partnership and co-investment efforts.
Kevin Blakely, a risk and regulatory professional, joined Deloitte & Touche LLP as a senior adviser. Blakely worked at KeyCorp from 1990 to 2007, the majority of the time as chief risk officer. He was president and CEO of the Risk Management Association from 2007 to 2009 and was the risk leader for Huntington Bancshares from 2009 to 2012. Earlier, Blakely spent nearly 20 years as a senior regulator with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
Baker & McKenzie LLP recruited three private equity lawyers in Chicago: William Kirsch, Stacey Kern and Garry Jaunal. Kirsch will be chairman of the private equity practice in North America and will be a member of the firm's global private equity steering committee. He was previously leader of the corporate group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. While at Kirkland & Ellis, Kirsch also acted as outside general counsel to Madison Dearborn Partners for six years and was lead counsel in its formation when it spun out of First Chicago Corp. He also spent two years as CEO of insurance firm Conseco Inc., which he left in 2006.
Kern was most recently a partner in the private equity group at DLA Piper and has practiced at Kirkland & Ellis. Jaunal also formerly practiced at Kirkland.
Separately, in Washington, litigator Julie Petruzzelli joined the firm as a partner, covering intellectual property litigation, counseling and licensing. Petruzzelli was most recently a partner at Venable LLP, where she was head of the firm's technology division and its IP litigation practice.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP named New York-based partner John Fellas as co-chairman of the firm's arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice. Fellas will serve as co-chairman of the practice with Washington-based partner John Townsend and Paris-based partner José Rosell.
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP named New York-based partner John Fellas as co-chairman of the firm's arbitration and alternative dispute resolution practice.