by Baz Hiralal
This is Bob Filek's last week at FTI Consulting Inc., where he is a senior managing director and global leader of the transaction advisory services group of the corporate finance practice. Filek said he doesn't yet have plans to join another firm.
Filek joined FTI in January 2011 from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was a partner in transaction services and most recently served in a national capacity. He has worked on hundreds of deals, including Buhrmann's acquisition of Corporate Express Corp. in 1999, Whirlpool Corp.'s $1.7 billion acquisition of Maytag Corp. in 2006 and Kraft Foods Inc.'s $18.7 billion purchase of Cadbury plc in 2010.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch made two additions to its global transaction services business in New York. It took on Bill Borden as a managing director and head of North America product solutions and Dennis Sweeney as a managing director and treasury solutions executive. They will join in September.
Borden was with Citigroup Inc., leading a team focused on developing cash management and securities fund services relationships with U.S. state and local governments. Sweeney was previously with General Electric Co. for 20 years, most recently as deputy treasurer.
Prudential Fixed Income brought in principals Gerwin Bell as lead economist for Asia and Giancarlo Perasso as lead economist, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bell is a former mission chief for the International Monetary Fund. Perasso was chief economist for Matrix/Redux Funds, a London-based hedge fund. Earlier, he was global head of emerging market research at Westdeutsche Landesbank and a senior economist covering EMEA for JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Investment bank Casimir Capital, specializing in natural resources, hired Karen Mate, Stuart McDougall, Eric Winmill and Charles Vaughan.
Mate leads a team of nearly a dozen institutional sales personnel. Most recently, she spent 15 years at Scotia Capital, where she was director of institutional equity sales. McDougall and Winmill have worked at National Bank Financial, GMP Securities, Jennings Capital Inc. and Wellington West Capital Markets.
Vaughan will head the new London operation. He worked at Northland Capital, Evolve Capital and Mountcashel.
Aflac Inc. tapped Issei Sasaki as a senior vice president and chief investment officer of Aflac Japan. He will join the Tokyo office on Aug. 20 and become a member of Aflac Japan's executive committee. Most recently, he was a senior vice president and chief investment officer of MassMutual Life Insurance Co. Ltd. in Tokyo. Sasaki was previously chief portfolio manager at Nissay Asset Management Corp.'s Tokyo office.
Morrison & Foerster LLP added two of counsel in Denver.
Kelley Howes was general counsel and a member of the executive committee at Janus Capital Group Inc. from 2007 to 2011. She joined Janus in 1994 as associate counsel.
Brian Hoffman joins the firm from the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was a senior attorney in the division of enforcement in the Chicago regional office. Hoffman, a former MoFo associate from 2001 to 2010, rejoins the firm's securities litigation, enforcement and white-collar defense group.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced that Michael Elam, formerly a partner at DLA Piper, joined the firm's Chicago office as a partner in the environmental law department. Prior to DLA, he held senior legal and managerial positions at the Environmental Protection Agency's Washington headquarters. He was special assistant to the assistant administrator for enforcement, handling projects for EPA, the Department of Justice and Congress.
Capital One Financial Corp. made four appointments.
Shane Passarelli joined the commercial and finance business as a senior vice president to support the healthcare sponsor finance, asset-based lending and real estate finance businesses. He worked at Healthcare Finance Group LLC. Laurel Varney joined as a vice president, commercial and specialty finance. Varney was an account manager at CLMG Corp.
Carol Nichols now leads the commercial banking business in Dallas. Nichols previously led Bank of America Corp.'s business banking efforts in a nine-state region. Before that, she spent 14 years at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Capital One named Daniel McKew, formerly president of CFG Community Bank in Baltimore, as senior vice president, equipment leasing and finance.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Sprint Nextel Corp.'s top dealmaker Keith Cowan will leave the company on Sept. 30.
-- In Latin America equities, Bank of America Merrill Lynch hires Pedro Asprino, Viraj Verma, Fabio Schvaitzer and Caio Ramos Leite de Barros from Morgan Stanley.
-- FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz names Howard University law professor Andrew Gavil as director of the office of policy planning.
-- SEI Private Wealth Management taps Doug Pugliese as director of business development.
This is Bob Filek's last week at FTI Consulting Inc., where he is a senior managing director and global leader of the transaction advisory services group of the corporate finance practice.