by Baz Hiralal
Max Kolodkin and Sergei Chinkis joined Troika Dialog as managing directors, co-heads of sector investment banking. They report to Todd Berman, head of investment banking.
Kolodkin arrives from Goldman, Sachs & Co.'s Moscow office, where he was a managing director developing its investment banking team. He also worked in its New York office. At Troika, he will run the consumer and retail franchise and work with the sector heads of technology, media and telecom, financial institutions, real estate/building materials and diversified industrials.
Chinkis joins from HSBC Bank, where he was a managing director and global head of the metals and mining group.
The firm recently appointed Sergei Khaliullin as director of mergers and acquisitions execution; David Theys as head of telecoms, media and technology; and Dimitri Casvigny as managing director, head of industrials.
In Sydney, Blackstone Group LP tapped James Carnegie, formerly a partner at private equity firm Archer Capital, as a senior adviser. He also worked with Macquarie Capital in its principal investment area.
Jeffrey Wasserstein joined Greenhill & Co. as a managing director, pharmaceuticals.
Wasserstein was senior vice president of business development and strategy at Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc., which was recently sold to the Sandoz division of Novartis AG for $1.5 billion. Before Fougera, he spent five years at generic pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd., where he had been founder and president of a branded pharmaceutical subsidiary focused on dermatology, as well as executive vice president of North America and a member of the Dr. Reddy's global management council. Wasserstein began his career in the sector at Schering-Plough Corp., where he started in a legal role, became head of corporate business development, then president of Schering Canada, and was later named senior vice president of the parent company. Prior to that, he was an attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz for six years, focused on mergers and acquisitions.
Emirates NBD appointed Aazar Ali Khwaja as treasurer. He was regional treasurer for emerging markets/Africa with Barclays plc, where he was also chairman of the regional asset and liability management committee. He was previously a managing director and head of fixed-income currency and commodities in Citigroup Inc.'s Central and Eastern European division.
Gilles Pélisson joined Jefferies & Co.'s global senior advisory board, becoming its seventh member. Pélisson is the former chairman and CEO of Accor Group, the largest hotel group in Europe. Before that, he spent three years as CEO of French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom and previously spent five years as CEO of Disneyland Paris Resort.
Other members of the board include James Robinson III, former chairman and CEO of American Express Co.; Clive Hollick, former CEO of United Business Media; Michael Goldstein , former chairman and CEO of Toys R Us Inc.; Bernard Bourigeaud, founder and former 16-year chair and CEO of Atos Origin; Dennis Archer, former mayor of Detroit; and David Reid, recently retired chairman of Tesco plc.
Credit Suisse Group has named Chiqui Huang and Johnny Escaler co-heads of investment banking, Philippines. Huang joined the firm in 2004, while Escaler arrived from Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Singapore, where he worked from 2008 to 2012 and was an executive director for the fixed income, currencies and commodities group in the Philippines.
Mid Europa Partners named Manish Mittal as chief financial officer. Mittal was the finance director at growth equity investment firm Kennet Partners LLC and was previously financial controller at Advent Venture Partners.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Legg Mason Inc.'s chairman and CEO Mark Fetting will step down on Oct 1.
-- Lazard Australia to acquire O'Sullivan Partners.
-- Standard Life Investments taps Wesley McCoy as an investment director in the global equities team.
-- Peter Lurie becomes senior vice president of business development and general counsel of Leap Motion.
Gilles Pélisson joined Jefferies & Co.'s global senior advisory board, becoming its seventh member. Pélisson is the former chairman and CEO of Accor Group.