by Baz Hiralal
Mizuho International appointed Michiel de Jong as president and CEO. He started his career with ABN Amro NV in 1986. De Jong became managing director in 1996 and senior executive vice president in 2006. After working in the international division and financial markets in Amsterdam, he worked in financial markets and corporate banking in Singapore, was a commercial manager in Turkey, Hong Kong and China, and was country manager for Germany. In 2006, he became CEO of BU Europe.
Following the takeover by Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, he joined the executive committee of global banking and markets and was appointed to the managing board of ABN Amro, responsible for Europe and Asia. De Jong left in 2009.
Fund manager Standard Life Investments named Mikhail Zverev as head, global equities. He has managed the global equity unconstrained fund since July 2010.
Investment manager Industry Funds Management hired David Cooper as investment director, debt investments. Based in London, he reports to global head of debt investments Robin Miller. Cooper hails from Barclays plc, where he was head of the infrastructure and structured project finance team in London.
Multi-asset brokerage Newedge Group added Ghislaine Mattlinger as chief financial officer and a member of the executive committee. She joins the Paris office from Natixis SA, where she was CFO and a member of the executive committee.
Joshua Soven, former chief of the Department of Justice antitrust division's litigation I section, joined the Washington office Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a partner. From 2007 to 2012, Soven led a 35-person DOJ team charged with investigating and prosecuting merger and nonmerger antitrust violations in several industries, including healthcare and consumer products. Before joining the DOJ, he was an attorney adviser to former Federal Trade Commission chairman Deborah Majoras and was a trial attorney for the DOJ antitrust division's networks and technology enforcement section.
Soven is a senior editor of the American Bar Association's Antitrust Law Journal. He has been a lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, co-teaching a course on strategy and competition policy in the healthcare sector. Soven was also a special assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney's Office in the eastern District of Virginia. He was a law clerk for Judge Robert Doumar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Soven is a 1991 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was notes editor for the Virginia Journal of International Law. -- William McConnell
Lincoln International opened a São Paulo office, led by managing director James Sinclair. He is CEO of Brazil and joins from mergers and acquisitions boutique CFS Partners, where he was managing partner. Prior to CFS, Sinclair worked with Deutsche Bank AG, Morgan Grenfell and Citigroup Inc. in São Paulo, London and New York.
Joining Sinclair as a senior adviser to Lincoln-Brazil is Roger Silver, a co-founder of CFS. Prior to CFS, Silver was a managing director with Deutsche Bank.
McCarter & English LLP announced that Richard Holtz joined the firm as a real estate special counsel in Boston. Holtz is founder of the Law Office of Richard W. Holtz. He was previously general counsel and secretary of MassDevelopment, a quasi-public authority focused on economic development through real estate and financing activities.
Seward & Kissel LLP said Sharon Davison joined the firm as counsel in its New York office. She joined the investment management practice, focusing on broker-dealers. Davison was general counsel and chief compliance officer of fixed income trading and research broker-dealer Libertas Partners LLC in Greenwich, Conn. Earlier in her career, Davison was trial counsel in the enforcement division of the New York Stock Exchange for more than seven years before moving on to the market surveillance division.
International investigative firm Nardello & Co. appointed Gayle Horwitz as chief operating officer, effective Oct. 9. She was president and CEO of the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority in New York. Earlier, Horwitz was the first deputy comptroller and chief of staff in the New York Comptroller's Office.
Sedgwick LLP added six attorneys to its Austin office: partners Alan Glen, Michael Klein and Lisa Magids and associates Rebecca Barho, Laura Evans and Brooke Wahlberg. They join the firm from Smith, Robertson, Elliott, Glen, Klein & Douglas LLP. They cover environmental, natural resource and land use issues, healthcare and insurance regulatory litigation and general commercial litigation.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Harvey Schwartz, global co-head of securities at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., will become chief financial officer at the end of January, replacing a retiring David Viniar.
-- VTB Capital adds Jim Rogers, who worked with George Soros at Quantum Fund, to its agriculture division as an adviser.
-- Deutsche Börse AG reappoints CEO Reto Francioni.
-- Hedge fund advisor Pyxis Capital hires Stephen Dedyo as head of national accounts for its distribution team.
-- Franklin Resources Inc. to acquire K2 Advisors Holdings LLC.
Sedgwick LLP added six attorneys to its Austin office, including partner Alan Glen.