by Baz Hiralal
Standard Chartered Bank plc appointed Alex Manson as group head, wholesale banking, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He reports to Mike Rees, group executive director and CEO of wholesale banking. Manson works from London and will also join the wholesale banking management group.
Manson previously spent 12 years at Deutsche Bank AG, where he had been global head of corporate banking coverage and global lending, and head of global banking coverage in Asia-Pacific. Before Deutsche Bank, he worked at Credit Suisse Group for seven years.
Vericrest Financial Inc., servicing residential mortgages and consumer finance loans, named David Slear as senior vice president of default services. Slear was an officer in the U.S. Navy and spent nearly 10 years in the default operations of mortgage and consumer lending at HSBC plc.
CEO David Schneider joined Vericrest in March to lead its growth. He was head of servicing and default at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he played a role in the National Mortgage Settlement. Before JPMorgan's acquisition of Washington Mutual in 2008, Schneider led WaMu's home loans group. Previously, he was president and chief operating officer of CitiMortgage. Schneider has also held executive roles at Old Kent Financial, Stratmor Group and KPMG LLP.
Alvarez & Marsal expanded its global private equity services practice, adding senior director Clifford Hall in New York and directors Mark Elsner in San Francisco, Himanshu Gandhi in Boston and Doug Watanabe, Landon Tracy and Jon Sampson in Chicago.
Hall had been CEO of All-Clad Metalcrafters, CEO and board member of Focus Products Group, general manager of Black & Decker's $750 million cordless business, chief operating officer of Timex Group's watch, jewelry and licensing business and vice president of Trane Inc., a global industrial air conditioning and services company.
Elsner was director of strategic sourcing at Yahoo! Inc. Gandhi was co-lead for Deloitte Consulting's merger integration and separations services in Germany and helped launch the firm's mergers and acquisitions finance offering in the U.S.
Watanabe was a senior manager at Insight Sourcing Group. Tracy was a director at Insight Sourcing Group and Lowendal Masai America.
Sampson was previously a senior manager at Crowe Horwath LLP.
Separately, A&M said Edwin Lee and Jeffrey Teso joined the firm's global forensic and dispute services practice as managing directors in San Francisco and Washington, respectively.
Lee worked at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP in Houston, most recently as a senior manager in the analytic and forensic technologies practice, focusing on complex litigation support and discovery advisory services. Teso was vice president and head of operations at CPA Global, a provider of outsourced legal services. Earlier in his career, he spent six years as a litigation associate at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
McCarter & English LLP welcomed intellectual property attorney Thomas Hoover to the firm as a partner in Boston. Hoover focuses on patent, trademark and copyright law. He joins McCarter from Weingarten, Schurgin, Gagnebin & Lebovici LLP.
Corporate and commercial real estate attorney Justin Daniels joined the Atlanta office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC as a shareholder. He was previously with Wagner, Johnston & Rosenthal PC.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP said Scott Pearson joined the firm as a partner in the litigation department and as co-chair of the consumer financial services litigation practice. Pearson joins Seyfarth's Los Angeles office from Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
Employment and labor law firm Littler Mendelson PC said shareholders Thomas Bender in Philadelphia and Jeremy Roth in San Diego will become co-presidents and co-managing directors of the firm on Jan. 20, 2013, for eight-year terms. Bender and Roth succeed Marko Mrkonich, who has served as president and managing director since 2005.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP announced that Kenneth Suzan joined the firm's Minneapolis office as of counsel in the intellectual property department. Previously a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP in Buffalo, N.Y., Suzan focuses on trademark law and strategy, including prosecution, clearance, licensing, infringement, copyright, and policing and litigation.
DLA Piper hired William Stute for its litigation practice as a partner in the Minneapolis office. He was a partner at Faegre Baker & Daniels LLP and covers complex financial disputes, including commercial and securities fraud, business torts, merger and acquisition litigation, and shareholder derivative and class actions.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP brought in partner Michael Baniak to its intellectual property practice of the firm's litigation department. Baniak joins Seyfarth's Chicago office from McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP.
Jeffrey Anderson joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP's Birmingham, Ala., office as counsel. Anderson was most recently an assistant U.S. Attorney in the appellate division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the northern district of Alabama.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Gleacher & Co. Securities Inc. hires Randolph Barker as head of investment banking and capital markets.
-- Citadel LLC's Jeffrey Runnfeldt, co-head of equities, retires at the end of the month.
-- James Learner joins Huntsman Gay Global Capital as a managing partner in Palo Alto, Calif.
-- Laurie Muller-Girard becomes national director of KeyBank Business Capital.
Vericrest Financial Inc., servicing residential mortgages and consumer finance loans, named David Slear as senior vice president of default services.