Movers & shakers: Sept. 24, 2012 - Movers & shakers(The Deal Pipeline)
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Movers & shakers: Sept. 24, 2012

by Baz Hiralal

Brian Duperreault will retire as president and CEO of Marsh & McLennan Cos. at the end of the year. He will be replaced by Daniel Glaser, currently group president and chief operating officer.

Before joining the firm in January 2008, Duperreault was chief executive of ACE Ltd. and a member of the board.

Glaser was chairman and CEO of Marsh Inc. He rejoined Marsh in December 2007 after serving in senior positions in commercial insurance and insurance brokerage in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. He began his career at Marsh 30 years ago.

Also this month, the firm named J. Michael Bischoff as chief financial officer. He was interim CFO since March and, before that, led the corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, treasury and investor relations functions. Bischoff joined March 30 years ago.

Ahmed Hamdani and Duncan Priston joined the London team of Bayside Capital, the distressed debt and special situations affiliate of H.I.G. Capital.

Hamdani will lead the firm's noncorporate distressed investment team focusing on several asset classes, including real estate, shipping and aircraft. He was previously a portfolio manager at Trafalgar Asset Managers, a London-based credit hedge fund where he managed its distressed credit fund.

Priston will lead the noncontrol distressed corporate debt investment team. He was a partner and head of European trading at Strategic Value Partners, a special situations and distressed debt hedge fund. Before that, he held senior positions at Houlihan Lokey Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

William Blair & Co. said Ryan DeVore will join the firm as director of private client advisers, a new role. He was with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney for nine years, most recently as Northern Colorado complex manager, where he was responsible for four branch offices with 105 financial advisers, with more than $8.2 billion in assets.

Crowell & Moring LLP added public policy group partner Eric Edwards to the firm's Washington office. He was a vice president in the office of government affairs at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., managing a legislative and regulatory portfolio that included the application of the Volcker Rule to bank-sponsored private equity and hedge funds, and the broader impact of Dodd-Frank on banks and asset managers. In 2010, Edwards was named secretary of Goldman's internal steering group that is tasked with overseeing the firm's implementation of global financial reforms.

Ulmer & Berne LLP added Molly Brown as counsel in the firm's mergers and acquisitions practice and Jeffrey Moyle as an associate in the employment and labor practice. They work from Cleveland. Brown was in-house with KeyBank National Association and Moyle was with Littler Mendelson PC.

The Charlotte, N.C., office of K&L Gates LLP welcomed Stacy Ackermann and Nachael Bright as partners in the firm's real estate investment, development and finance practice. Both join the firm from Alston & Bird LLP.

Ackermann covers commercial mortgage-backed securities, syndicated lending, structured finance and loan servicing-related matters. Bright concentrates on capital markets transactions.

Cooley LLP announced that Geoff Willard joined its Reston, Va., office as a partner in the business department. Willard, who practiced with Cooley from 2000 to 2005, returns from VLP Law Group LLP, where he chaired the corporate, securities and mergers and acquisitions group. Prior to VLP, Willard was a partner in the corporate, M&A and emerging companies practice of DLA Piper.

Clippings from the next column:

-- Impax Asset Management Ltd. opens New York office, hires David Richardson as head of institutional sales and client service for North America.
-- Nomura Holdings Inc. hires Stuart Oakley as global head of Asian non-deliverable forwards and head of foreign exchange cash trading, Asia ex-Japan.
-- Newedge Group makes appointments to its metals businesses in New York, London and Hong Kong.
-- Richard Gower becomes acting CEO of Armajaro Trading Group Ltd., replacing Richard Ryan.
-- Andrew Shapiro launches energy investment advisory firm Broadscale Group.
-- Hamilton Lane partners with iLevel Solutions, a provider of private equity software and reporting solutions.


Crowell & Moring LLP added public policy group partner Eric Edwards to the firm's Washington office.