by Baz Hiralal
Shaun Treacy joined UBS as co-head of the all industries group, focusing on natural resources. He was global co-head of natural resources and power at Nomura Holdings Inc. Before Nomura, Treacy was head of metals and mining at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and previously worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
On Oct. 15, Sam Catalano will join Nomura Holdings Inc. as a managing director and head of metals and mining research, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He will report to Graeme Pearson, head of equity research, EMEA.
Catalano was a global resources analyst and a senior portfolio manager for the global natural resources equity fund at Schroders Investment Management. He started his career as a mining engineer, before moving into equity research at Macquarie Bank Ltd. in Australia in 2003. He moved to Europe in 2006 with Morgan Stanley and then moved back to Macquarie to run the European mining team.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch tapped Michael Maghini as head of insurance and annuities, effective Oct. 1. He was a senior vice president, regional business development manager at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Maghini joined Morgan in 2006 from UBS, which he joined in 2000. His earlier stint with Smith Barney came in the mid-90s with Citigroup Inc.
Hamilton Lane, providing discretionary and nondiscretionary private equity asset management services, partnered with iLevel Solutions, a provider of PE software and reporting solutions. ILevel plans to expand its data collection platform that caters to general partners to benefit limited partners as well. Hamilton Lane chief investment officer Erik Hirsch will join iLevel's board of directors.
Alvarez & Marsal expanded its public sector services group, adding senior directors Michael Imber, Nicholas Srebrow and Scott Tullio and directors Daniel Richardson, Robert Noll and John Rust. Imber is in New York, while the rest are based in Washington.
Imber was most recently a principal at Grant Thornton LLC, Srebrow was as a vice president at List Innovative Solutions and Tullio was a principal with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., where he led the commercial financial services business for the strategy and organization team.
South Korea's Ministry of Justice approved the opening of a Seoul office for Paul Hastings LLP. Jong Han Kim, complex intellectual property and antitrust litigation, will chair the office. Partner Daniel Kim, who will relocate to Seoul, focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and international capital markets. They will be joined by a team of associates and counsel.
The firm recently counseled Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in the $1.4 billion sale of its hard-disk-drive business to Seagate Technology, one of the largest acquisitions in South Korea for 2011. Last year, Paul Hastings also counseled the joint bookrunners in the $900 million dual-currency convertible bond offering by Lotte Shopping Co. Ltd. on the Singapore Exchange.
The partnerships of Houston-based Novak Druce + Quigg LLP and Wilmington, Del.-based Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP voted to enter into exclusive merger discussions with each other. Subject to final discussions, closing conditions and partnership voting, the combination will complete on New Year's Day, creating the seventh-largest intellectual property boutique firm in the U.S.
The merged firm would be known as Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP, with about 140 attorneys, agents and technical advisers. The combined firm would be based in Houston.
Gregory Novak, current managing partner of Novak Druce who will retain that role, said in a statement, "When we left Howrey [LLP] and launched Novak Druce + Quigg in early 2005 with six attorneys, we had a collective vision of building a truly national platform."
Philadelphia's Cozen O'Connor voted Michael Heller as firm president and CEO, effective Jan. 1. Heller currently serves as president and executive partner. Current chief executive Thomas Decker will become a vice chair of the firm and will remain involved in the firm's strategic growth initiatives. He will also become involved in Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, a business of the firm that provides bipartisan government relations services. Vincent McGuinness Jr. continues as managing partner.
In 2009, 65 attorneys from WolfBlock LLP joined Cozen O'Connor, including Heller.
Squire Sanders added lawyers from Greenberg Traurig LLP's Phoenix office, including the former national co-chair of its labor and employment group, Lawrence Rosenfeld. Joining him are partner Daniel Pasternak and senior associate Laura Lawless Robertson. Rosenfeld was co-chair of Greenberg Traurig's national labor and employment group for 10 years, while Pasternak was co-leader of the traditional labor practice group.
Rimon PC brought in Wade Savoy, a former assistant general counsel of intellectual property at Wal-Mart Stores Inc., as a partner in its New Orleans office. Savoy was the first in-house IP attorney hired by Wal-Mart.
Huron Consulting Group said Brad Dawson joined the firm as a managing director in its life sciences practice. Dawson worked at Quintiles Consulting, where he was the principal and practice leader for research and development process optimization.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Wayne Matus of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP joins UBS AG as a managing director and head of the global eDiscovery group.
-- UBS Wealth Management taps Cindy Chang as managing director, cluster head; and Stella Lau as executive director.
-- Breakwater Investment Management LLC names Richard Rowella as senior vice president, investor relations and business development.
-- Yahoo! Inc. names Fortinet's Ken Goldman as chief financial officer, replacing Tim Morse on Oct. 22.
-- IBM Corp. makes Virginia Rometty chairwoman of the board.
-- eFinancialNews says Andrew Mack will join Portman Square Capital as chief executive and risk officer.
Philadelphia's Cozen O'Connor voted Michael Heller as firm president and CEO, effective Jan. 1.