by Baz Hiralal
JPMorgan Chase & Co. named Carlos Hernandez as head of investor services. He is on the executive committee and the investment bank's management and operating committees and was previously global head of equities. Hernandez joined JPMorgan in 1986. Before joining the equities division, he was head of investment banking for Latin America.
The firm also named Blythe Masters as head of regulatory affairs for the corporate and investment bank. She is still global head of commodities. From 2004 to 2007, Masters was chief financial officer of the investment bank.
Private equity firm Actis Capital LLP added directors Danny Koh and Max Lin in Singapore and Beijing, respectively. Koh will be head of deal origination for Southeast Asia while Lin will focus on China investments.
Koh was previously with 3i Group plc, responsible for sourcing growth capital and buyout deals across Southeast Asia. He started his career in the tax division of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He then worked in PwC's corporate finance and private equity groups.
The asset management arm of Prudential Corp. Asia, Eastspring Investments, appointed Piers Wheeler as director, institutional business and Mark Yuen as director and head of sales, Southeast Asia. They will report to Singapore-based Dean Winterton, head of the institutional business.
Wheeler worked with AMP Capital as head of institutional business in the Middle East. Yuen was at Robeco as head of business development, responsible for sales and business development in the Hong Kong and Southeast Asian markets.
Eastspring recently launched its U.S. business in Chicago, which was opened by Winterton and CEO Graham Mason.
International alternative asset manager Investcorp said David Cranston rejoined the firm to support business development efforts related to the $1.6 billion single manager platform, the firm's hedge fund seeding business.
Cranston is a managing director in the hedge funds group. He held a similar role with the firm from 2005 to 2010. Before rejoining Investcorp, Cranston was a partner at North Creek Advisors, an independent hedge fund seeder. Prior to initially joining Investcorp, he raised capital for hedge fund products at Capital Z Investments' channel capital group.
Rockefeller & Co., a global wealth and investment management firm, hired Raymond Wareham in New York as a managing director and senior client adviser. Wareham was a senior managing director for Bernstein Global Wealth Management, a subsidiary of AllianceBernstein LP. Most recently, he headed Bernstein Global's Boston office for its private client business. Previously he spent 24 years at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and underwriting capacities in New York, London and Tokyo.
Global independent placement agent Capstone Partners made two additions in Asia.
Alexandre Schmitz will lead operations in Asia with the opening of a Singapore office. He spent the past 13 years within the Cobepa Group: investment director at PAI Partners, member of the executive committee at Cobepa and CEO of BeCapital.
Capstone also recruited Teena Jilka, who previously worked with JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s alternative investment group, marketing private equity, real estate and hedge funds to high-net-worth individuals across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Jilka will be responsible for fundraising and origination in India.
Todd Mackay, former head of corporate development and treasurer at E*Trade Financial Corp., joined audience development company Alphabird Inc. as executive vice president of mergers and acquisitions. He reports to CEO Chase Norlin. In his 12 years at E*Trade , Mackay worked on about $2.5 billion in deals.
The Alphabird investor group is led by Joe Abrams. Abrams co-founded Intermix in 1998, the predecessor company to MySpace, which was sold to News Corp. in 2005 for $580 million. In 1983, Abrams co-founded Software Toolworks Inc., a publicly held developer, publisher and distributor of educational and entertainment software, which was sold to Pearson plc in 1994 for $462 million.
SNR Denton announced that Andy Roth joined the firm as a partner in the New York office. He will advise clients on issues ranging from crisis management to best practices in sustainable data governance. Roth arrives from American Express Co., where he was chief privacy officer.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Nomura Holdings Inc. names Samir Patel and Michael Rietbrock as co- heads of Americas equities, replacing Ciaran O'Kelly.
-- Robert W. Baird & Co. adds Adam Lefkowitz as a director in its real estate investment banking team.
-- Dalia Cohen and Eric Storch join Oak Hill Advisors LP as managing directors.
-- D.A. Davidson & Co. hires Stephen Nelson and Eugene Katz as managing directors, financial institutions group.
-- Maria Ricci becomes a senior managing director and member of KStone Partners LLC.
David Cranston rejoined international alternative asset manager Investcorp to support business development efforts related to its $1.6 billion single manager platform.