by Baz Hiralal
Placement agent and advisory firm Atlantic-Pacific Capital named Mark Bourgeois, former Americas CEO of Credit Suisse Asset Management, as its president and CEO. Earlier, Bourgeois was global head of distribution for CSAM. He joined Credit Suisse in September 2008 from Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where he worked for one year and was global head of distribution for Lehman Brothers Asset Management, focusing on all alternative asset products. Before that, Bourgeois spent eight years with UBS Investment Bank.
Moelis & Co. hired Manisha Girotra as CEO of Moelis India, based in Mumbai. Girotra spent 16 years at UBS, where she was most recently CEO and country head in India, managing its investment bank, commercial bank, markets, equity research and wealth management divisions. She has worked on Vodafone Group plc's $13 billion acquisition of Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd.'s interest in Hutchison Essar, the $11 billion sale of Zain to Bharti Airtel Ltd., Reliance Industries Ltd.'s $3 billion joint venture with Pioneer Natural Resources and Newpek LLC, and Birla Group's $6 billion acquisition of Novelis.
Foreign exchange trading platform QuantumFX tapped Maxine Dennis as an institutional sales executive. Dennis has been a senior spot dealer at Citibank NA and a director and FX trader at UBS. She held similar roles at Fuji Bank, Yamaichi Bank and British & Commonwealth Bank.
In New York, Espirito Santo Investment Bank enlisted Dennis Holtzapffel as head of debt capital markets origination for Spanish-speaking Latin America. Most recently, he was responsible for establishing an emerging markets debt capital markets business at Jefferies & Co., with a focus on high-yield corporates. Prior to that, Holtzapffel led emerging markets syndicate at UBS, where he was involved in DCM transactions for medium and large corporations as well as sovereigns. He also worked in emerging markets and derivatives sales and trading at ABN Amro.
J. Moore Partners LLC, a technology-focused bank in San Francisco, opened a London office and appointed Ben Powell as managing director for the U.K. He will advise clients globally on mergers and acquisitions and financing, and lead coverage of education technology. Powell previously worked in corporate development at publishing company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Powell started at HMH during its inception as Riverdeep, and he played a role in the $3.4 billion acquisition of Houghton Mifflin Co. in December 2006. He later advised in the $4 billion acquisition of Harcourt Publishing Co. Previously, Powell spent 10 years with KPMG LLP in London and San Francisco, including as director of transaction services, advising corporate and private equity clients in midmarket mergers and acquisitions.
Mesirow Financial hired managing directors J. Andrew Cowherd and Paul Teitelbaum for its investment banking group in New York. They cover middle-market merger and acquisition advisory and financing in the healthcare sector.
Cowherd was a managing director at Peter J. Solomon Co., focusing on healthcare services and information technology. He was previously a founding member and general partner of private equity fund Atlantic Medical Capital LP. Teitelbaum was a managing director and head of healthcare investment banking at Landmark Ventures LLC, focusing on medical device, healthcare IT and biopharmaceutical transactions. He was previously a senior healthcare investment banker at Burnham Securities Inc. and Nexus Health Capital LLC.
Ernst & Young's US Transaction Advisory Services acquired Jeffrey A. Parker & Associates Inc., a financial advisory firm focused on infrastructure. Jeff Parker, founder and president of JPA, will be senior managing director of Ernst & Young Infrastructure Advisors LLC, as JPA will now be known. He will lead client engagements including advising New York State on the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, the state of Georgia on the redevelopment of 120 acres of downtown Atlanta and a multimodal transportation complex.
Mike Parker, a JPA managing director, will lead E&Y Infrastructure. He will also lead client engagements including advising The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project.
Among those joining E&Y from JPA are senior managing director David Peterson, managing directors Nick Serianni and Robert Bannister and director Sue Lee.
Bingham McCutchen LLP appointed L. Tracee Whitley as chief operating officer. Whitley, most recently deputy COO, succeeds William Bachman, COO since 1989, who is now the firm's executive director and partner, leadership development. Before becoming deputy COO in January, Whitley was Bingham's chief administrative officer.
Loeb & Loeb LLP added Allen Sussman to the firm's Los Angeles office as a partner in the capital markets and corporate practices. He was previously a partner in the corporate and securities practice at Reed Smith LLP. Prior to private practice, Sussman was an attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington and the Office of Thrift Supervision, Department of the Treasury.
Venable LLP expanded its intellectual property practice with partner Adam Hess, who joins the firm's Washington office. Hess arrives at Venable after 21 years with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Washington and Northern Virginia. He was chairman of Pillsbury's IP litigation practice as well as managing partner of its Northern Virginia office.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Achilles Macris, Javier Martin-Artajo and Bruno Iksil reportedly leave JPMorgan Chase & Co.
-- Brian Wynne and Charlie Visconsi will replace Stratford Shields as head of public finance at Morgan Stanley.
-- Towers Watson appoints Ross Howard as global leader for its insurance and reinsurance brokerage business.
J. Moore Partners LLC, a technology-focused bank in San Francisco, opened a London office and appointed Ben Powell as managing director for the U.K.