by Baz Hiralal
Barclays plc hired I-Cheng Liu as a managing director and head of investment banking for Taiwan. Liu works in Taipei. Liu was previously chairman of EasyCard Corp. Earlier, he was corporate and consumer banking head of Cathay United Bank, senior vice president of Cathay Financial Holdings and a vice president in JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s investment banking division in New York and Hong Kong.
Franklin Square Capital Partners, a sponsor of alternative investment products, took on Mike Gerber as senior vice president of public affairs, strategy and product administration. He previously served on the board of Franklin Square's third fund, FS Investment Corp. II. He will now lead Franklin Square's government and regulatory affairs group.
Since 2004, Gerber has been a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and, since 2007, a trustee of Pennsylvania's State Employees' Retirement System, where he is a member of the audit and investment committees. Gerber will step down from both posts in November. Gerber is also leaving Philadelphia's Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, where he helped run the marketing and strategy functions and was a member of the firm's corporate and securities practice.
Marathon Capital LLC, an investment banking and financial advisory firm in the North American power generation sector, tapped Ani Rouskova as a director in San Francisco. Rouskova was a vice president in Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s global natural resources group, where she focused on power, utilities, cleantech and renewable clients.
Private equity and distressed securities firm Littlejohn & Co. LLC promoted Drew Greenwood and Brian Michaud to vice presidents. Both were senior associates who joined the firm in 2007 from CIBC World Markets Inc., where they were analysts in the mergers and acquisitions group.
Maven Capital Partners appointed Alan Robertson as an investment manager, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and working with David Milroy. Robertson will work on investment opportunities for the Scottish Loan Fund as well as support private equity transactions in Scotland. He joins from Quayle Munro, where he helped establish a debt advisory and corporate finance business in Scotland.
Prior to that, Robertson spent seven years with Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, mostly working in the Aberdeen structured finance team, financing middle-market private equity deals. Later, he was responsible for overseeing a portfolio of large corporate and leveraged clients.
Kaye Scholer LLP said Annette Bödeker will join the firm as a partner and head of the corporate department in Frankfurt on Sept. 1. She covers corporate governance and compliance matters, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures, reorganizations and restructurings and finance. Bödeker joins Kaye Scholer from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she was a corporate partner.
Corporate attorney Frank Bacelli has joined Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP as of counsel in Washington. Focusing on leveraged buyout and venture capital transactions, he will head the firm's private equity practice. Bacelli was previously with Goodwin Procter LLP and Hogan & Hartson LLP.
Trading and markets partner Laura Pruitt joined Alston & Bird LLP's financial services and products group in Washington. She was most recently practice group leader of the securities and futures market regulation group in the Washington office of Schiff Hardin LLP.
Prior to returning to private practice, Pruitt spent several years at the Securities and Exchange Commission, which she joined as senior counsel in the office of the general counsel. Later, she was special counsel in the Division of Market Regulation (now the Division of Trading and Markets).
Simon Kai-Tse Cheong joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm's corporate and finance and bankruptcy practices, based in Beijing. Cheong joins from Chinese law firm Zhong Lun. Cheong was also senior counsel for the World Bank Group's International Finance Corp. and managed the IFC's legal activities in mainland China.
Clippings from the next column:
-- James Hemmer will join Robert W. Baird & Co.'s investment banking financial services team as a managing director.
-- Morgan Joseph TriArtisan LLC recruits Stephen Robb for its consumer, retail and leisure investment banking practice.
-- Blake Macaskill becomes managing director of CIT Canada.
-- Credit Suisse Group's Matt Dillig and Ted Bowen join the HighTower partnership.
-- Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc brings in Louis Kuijs as chief economist, China.
-- Intech Investment Management LLC taps John Brown as head of global client development.
Franklin Square Capital Partners, a sponsor of alternative investment products, hired Mike Gerber as senior vice president of public affairs, strategy and product administration.