by Baz Hiralal
Achilles Macris, Javier Martin-Artajo and "London Whale" Bruno Iksil have left JPMorgan Chase & Co., The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The three worked in the chief investment office and were associated with billions of dollars worth of trading losses at the bank. Martin-Artajo oversaw Iksil, while Macris oversaw Martin-Artajo. JPMorgan did not return a call for comment.
Managing directors Brian Wynne and Charlie Visconsi will replace Stratford Shields as head of public finance at Morgan Stanley on Sept. 1. Wynne, a 23-year veteran of Morgan, was deputy of the unit since 2008. Visconsi, who joined the firm in 1998, has been co-head of the Infrastructure East Group since 2007.
Harlow was chairman and CEO of Contech Construction Products Inc. from 1999 through 2008. Prior to Contech, Harlow worked at Ingersoll-Rand plc, including as vice president and general manager of the rock drill division and vice president and general manager of Asia-Pacific. Peterson was chief financial officer and executive vice president of PAS Technologies Inc. (a Gridiron portfolio company) from 2008 to 2011.
Middle-market investment bank Dresner Partners said Michelle Moreno joined the firm as a managing director. Most recently, Moreno was head of business services investment banking at First Analysis Securities Corp. Before that, she worked at CIBC World Markets and Union Bank of Switzerland.
Nova Capital Management Ltd., an acquirer of corporate and private equity portfolios, added Luke Matthews as an associate partner, based in London. He worked in group development at business media group UBM plc, and in the corporate finance department at KPMG.
Wilmington Trust appointed Daniel Fisher as executive managing director of its institutional client services division in Europe. Fisher was previously division manager for global finance in the firm's global capital markets group. He works from London. He replaces Christophe Schroeder, who becomes managing director of corporate development for global capital markets. Schroeder will explore acquisitions, joint ventures, and recruiting initiatives to expand Wilmington Trust's team.
Ernst & Young LLP appointed Julie Canty and Carlos Schmidt as partners in the firm's asset management tax practice.
Canty was with Deloitte Tax LLP's New York hedge fund group. Prior to that, she was a principal with Eastpointe Management LLC, a spinoff of Continuation Investments Group Inc., where she was the fund controller. Canty is also a former assistant controller for Oak Hill Capital Management Inc.
Schmidt was with the passthroughs group of the national tax office of Deloitte Tax. He covered partnership tax matters, focusing on the formation of hedge and private equity funds. Prior to that, Schmidt was director of tax for Highbridge Capital Management LLC. Earlier, he was a sell-side research analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co., covering the lodging sector.
Mayer Brown LLP hired Henry Wang and Billy Au. Wang will be based in Beijing as a partner and head of investments, China. He was formerly managing partner of Dechert LLP's Beijing office. Au was of counsel at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP and Herbert Smith LLP.
Dechert LLP announced that Markus Friedl joined the firm's corporate and securities group as a national partner in the Frankfurt office. Friedl was most recently counsel at SZA Schilling, Zutt & Anschütz.
Columbus, Ohio's Lancaster Pollard & Co. tapped David Lacki as managing director of the firm's affordable housing group. He was previously a director in the housing capital markets group at RBC Capital Markets, which he joined in 2007. Lancaster Pollard helps healthcare, senior living and affordable housing organizations with financing.
Towers Watson appointed Ross Howard as global leader for its insurance and reinsurance brokerage business. He is regional leader for brokerage in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Howard joined the firm with the 2002 acquisition of Denis M. Clayton & Co. Ltd., which he joined in 1976.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Macquarie Group enlists James Frawley as a senior managing director and U.S. head of mergers and acquisitions.
-- BNP Paribas SA appoints Jean-Yves Fillion as CEO for its North American corporate and investment banking activities.
-- Peter Watson will head a new office for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Perth, Australia.
Columbus, Ohio's Lancaster Pollard & Co. tapped David Lacki as managing director of the firm's affordable housing group.