by Baz Hiralal
James Frawley will join Macquarie Group Ltd. as a senior managing director and U.S. head of mergers and acquisitions. He was head of M&A and the New York investment banking office of FBR & Co. Frawley was co-founder of Legacy Partners Group Inc., an independent investment banking firm that FBR acquired in 2007. Earlier, he headed M&A in the global chemicals sector at Credit Suisse Group, which he joined in November 2000 when CS acquired Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc. He also worked at Beacon Group and Bridgeford Group.
BNP Paribas SA appointed Jean-Yves Fillion as CEO for its North American corporate and investment banking activities. He will also oversee the North American asset management and securities services businesses. Fillion succeeds Everett Schenk, who will retire at the end of September after more than 23 years with BNP. Fillion is head of BNP Paribas Fortis CIB and a member of its executive committee and board of directors. Prior to returning to Europe in 2010, he headed client coverage for BNP Paribas CIB in North America. Fillion began his career 28 years ago in the investment banking division of the bank in Europe.
Dominique Remy becomes head of BNP Paribas Fortis Corporate and Investment Banking and retains his responsibilities as global head of structured finance. He will join its executive committee. Remy joined Paribas in 1979.
Executive director Peter Watson will head a new office for Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Perth, Australia. The office is expected to open in August. Watson spent the past nine years at Macquarie Capital and has worked at Rothschild and Minter Ellison. Watson will report to Richard Phillips, who joined Goldman last year from Greenhill & Co. as head of natural resources mergers and acquisitions, Australia and New Zealand.
GLG Partners, the investment management division of Man Group plc, created a long-short equities team in Asia. Based in Hong Kong, it will be co-managed by David Mercurio, head of Asia equity and co-head of global equity strategies and Ben Freischmidt, risk specialist. Mercurio joined GLG in September from Government of Singapore Investment Corp., while Freischmidt joined in March 2012 from Singapore-based LionRock Capital, which he co-founded and helped run as chief operating officer.
The team will have four specialists: David Walsh, industrials; Nick Vidale, financials; Sahil Khanna, consumer and technology, media and telecom; and Carl Esprey, materials. Esprey will work from London. Khanna will join GLG in August from Geosphere Capital, where he was a senior analyst covering consumer and technology sectors since 2011. Prior to that, Sahil spent five years with SAC Capital.
Inter-dealer broker Tullett Prebon plc added Kishore Kansal, founding partner and CEO of PEFOX, to its alternative investments team in London as head of Tullett Prebon Private Equity Risk Solutions.
Mark Kessler joined Duane Morris LLP's corporate practice as of counsel in its Philadelphia office. Kessler will continue to serve as vice president and senior counsel to national homebuilder Toll Brothers Inc. He was formerly a partner with Wolf Block Schorr & Solis-Cohen LLP for more than 20 years, where he was chairman of the firm's corporate department.
Jenner & Block LLP said litigator Kenneth Doroshow joined the firm as a partner in its Washington office as a member of the content, media and entertainment practice. Most recently, Doroshow was managing director of the Burford Group. Earlier, Doroshow was senior vice president and general counsel of the Entertainment Software Association, the video game industry's national trade group. Before that, he was senior vice president, litigation and legal affairs for the Recording Industry Association of America.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP said George Calhoun V joined its litigation practice as special counsel, resident in Washington. Calhoun specializes in complex commercial disputes, insolvency and creditors' rights. He joins Fried Frank from Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Former U.S. Department of Justice attorney Jonathan Poling joined Baker & McKenzie LLP's Washington office as a partner in the trade compliance practice. Most recently, he was a trial attorney with the DOJ's national security division, counterespionage section. Prior to joining the DOJ in 2008, Poling was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.
Exponent Private Equity promoted Simon Davidson to its partnership. He joined the firm in 2008 from private equity investment group Apax Partners, where he spent four years in the consumer and financial services teams.
King & Spalding LLP appointed two managing partners: Alan Prince for the Atlanta office and John Savage for the Singapore office. Prince and Savage replace Mason Stephenson and Philip Weems, respectively. Prince is a partner in the corporate practice, while Savage is a partner in the international arbitration group.
Separately, the firm recruited patent litigator William Abrams in Silicon Valley from Bingham McCutchen LLP, where he was a partner and former co-chairman of the intellectual property practice.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Bank of America Merrill Lynch taps Paul Harvey as head of technology investment banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Ron Eliasek as co-head of software investment banking.
-- James Stone joins Cowen and Co. LLC as managing director and head of financial sponsors coverage.
-- French hedge fund Lyxor Asset Management names Tim Soetens as director of business development for the Netherlands.
-- Northern Trust Corp. makes hires Carl Tannenbaum as chief economist.
-- Baring Asset Management enlists Mike Levy as senior investment manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa equities.
Yahoo! Inc. appointed Google Inc. executive Marissa Mayer to be its president and CEO.