by Baz Hiralal
White & Case LLP expanded its mergers and acquisitions and capital markets capabilities, adding Eric Hwang and Christopher Rose as partners in its Silicon Valley office. As director of corporate development at Oracle Corp., Hwang managed certain aspects of its acquisitions, including its purchase of social media marketer Vitrue, project portfolio management vendor Skire, telecom software provider GoAhead Software and knowledge management vendor InQuira. Prior to that, Hwang was senior mergers and acquisitions counsel in Oracle's corporate, securities and acquisitions legal group.
At electric-vehicle maker Coda Automotive Inc., Rose was senior vice president of corporate development, in addition to managing the company's legal, risk management, and environmental, health and safety departments. Rose's responsibilities included financing, acquisitions and negotiating international transactions and joint ventures, such as Coda's agreement to partner with China's Great Wall Motor Co. to develop electric vehicles. Prior to Coda, Rose practiced at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Hwang and Rose are reunited with partner Brady Mickelsen, who joined White & Case in 2010. Mickelsen and Hwang worked together for several years at both Oracle and Skadden. Mickelsen also worked with Rose while both were at Skadden and was outside legal counsel for Coda when Rose worked there.
Wayne Matus of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP joined UBS as a managing director and head of the global eDiscovery group. Matus, a New York-based litigator, was leader of Pillsbury's information law and electronic discovery group. Los Angeles-based David Stanton takes that role.
Separately, UBS Wealth Management tapped Cindy Chang as managing director, cluster head; and Stella Lau as an executive director. Chang works in Hong Kong and was a managing director and head of ultra-high-net-worth investment solutions at Credit Suisse Group. Lau is based in Singapore and also joins from Credit Suisse.
Los Angeles private investment firm Breakwater Investment Management LLC named Richard Rowella as senior vice president, investor relations and business development. Rowella was a senior vice president of investor relations and business development at RD Legal Capital LLC, an alternative asset manager specializing in receivables and collateralized lending to the U.S. legal community. He joined that firm in 2008. Rowella started his career in commercial finance with GE Capital in 1982.
Yahoo! Inc. named Fortinet Inc.'s Ken Goldman as chief financial officer, reporting to CEO Marissa Mayer. He replaces Tim Morse on Oct. 22. Morse has been with the company since June 2009 and will leave later in the fall. Prior to Yahoo!, Morse was CFO of semiconductor company Altera Corp. He was previously CFO and general manager of business development for General Electric Plastics. He spent 15 years at General Electric Co., including at GE Appliances and GE Capital in North America, Europe and Asia.
Goldman was CFO of Fortinet, a network security provider. Before that, he was senior vice president of finance and administration, and CFO of Siebel Systems Inc. from August 2000 until the close of Oracle Corp.'s $5.9 billion acquisition of Siebel in January 2006. Goldman was also CFO at Excite@Home Corp., Sybase Inc., Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and VLSI Technology Inc.
Trey Hanbury, former director of government affairs for Sprint Nextel Corp., joined Hogan Lovells' Washington office as a partner in the technology, media and telecom practice. Hanbury was regulatory counsel in rulemaking proceedings, mergers and acquisitions, and cases before the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the Department of Commerce, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, Congress and federal courts.
KeyBank NA tapped Michael Moss as a director and head of its higher education and nonprofit segment. Moss was a director and senior public finance banker with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in San Francisco. He was also a senior vice president in the public finance department at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Salient Partners LP recruits Ajay Mehra as a managing director and head of equities.
-- Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. names John Lowe, a retired ConocoPhillips Co. senior executive, as a senior executive adviser to the firm.
-- Gleacher & Co. Securities Inc. hires four managing directors: Mark Ginsberg, Felix Partow, William Gaberlavage and Jeffrey Warren.
-- Robert Hagon becomes co-head of equity sales trading at Sberbank CIB.
-- Palmer Square Capital Management taps Emily Colella as a managing director, responsible for business development.
White & Case LLP expanded its mergers and acquisitions and capital markets practices, adding Eric Hwang and Christopher Rose as partners.