by Baz Hiralal
Jefferies & Co. hired Michael Eastwood as a managing director and head of Americas equity research. Previously at Morgan Stanley, he was director of North American fixed income research and, prior to that, was associate director of North American equity research and head of U.S. corporate access. Prior to moving to the U.S. in 2009, he was a European chemical analyst at Morgan Stanley for 10 years and spent five at Dresdner Kleinwort.
Asia-focused private equity firm New Silk Route will tap William Campbell, former chair of the card services unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co., as senior operating adviser. He is president of Sanoch Management, a consulting and investment firm.
From 2005 to 2007, he was chairman of Visa International. Earlier, Campbell oversaw Citigroup Inc.'s global consumer business and spent 28 years at Philip Morris, where he was CEO of Philip Morris USA and president of Philip Morris Asia Pacific. Campbell is also a senior adviser to JPMorgan.
Consumer-focused investment bank Financo tapped three managing directors for its retail and consumer mergers and acquisitions practice.
Timothy Dahms will lead expanded coverage into hardgoods retailing, discount retail, sporting goods and athletic footwear and apparel. Dahms was a senior member of the retail investment banking team at Moelis & Co., where he was responsible for origination and relationship management of corporate and sponsor clients, and launched coverage of the footwear and sporting goods sector. Prior to that, Dahms was a vice president at Bear, Stearns & Co.
Audrey Kirdar will be responsible for apparel specialty retail, wholesale apparel and department store coverage and will assist in the build-out of Financo's European operations. Most recently, she spent 10 years at Rothschild Inc. in the mergers and acquisitions group, specializing in consumer, retail and apparel.
Vennette Ho was promoted to managing director and will continue to be responsible for personal care and beauty coverage. She joined the firm in 2004.
On Nov. 5, Ed Lam will become chief financial officer of Hong Kong-based Li & Fung Ltd. Lam was most recently Citigroup Inc.'s head of Hong Kong corporate and investment banking, where he worked with Li & Fung on acquisitions, equity placements, bond offerings, trade finance, corporate loans and credit rating advisory work. From 1997 to 2006, Lam was with Morgan Stanley in New York and Hong Kong.
MetLife Inc. will launch a third-party asset management business. The business, branded MetLife Investment Management, will focus on investments that generate long-term returns for institutional investors through two divisions: MetLife Real Estate Investors and MetLife Private Capital Investors.
Under MetLife Real Estate, led by global head of real estate investments Robert Merck, will be a real estate equity strategies group, and a real estate debt strategies group. Mark Wilsmann, who has led MetLife's commercial mortgage operation since 2003, will head the equity strategies group. Brian Casey, who previously headed MetLife's Washington regional real estate office, will lead the debt strategies group.
MetLife Private Capital will be led by global head of private securities, Scott Inglis.
Separately, the firm said Edward Spehar will join as head of investor relations, replacing John McCallion, who will be chief financial officer for MetLife's Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Spehar was a sell-side equity research analyst covering the life insurance industry for about 19 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
In Frankfurt, Norbert Schmitz and Johannes Schmittat joined Altium Capital's debt advisory and financial restructuring practice in Europe as managing directors. The firm said more hires are planned. Schmitz and Schmittat were co-heads of the debt advisory/restructuring practice at DC Advisory Partners.
Hermes Fund Managers appointed Rhodri Mason as head of investment solutions and product strategy, based in London. He was head of UCITS management at Man Investments and previously worked at BlackRock Inc., Barclays Global Investors, LaSalle Investment Management and M&G Investments.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Bank of America Merrill Lynch hires Loh Boon Chye as head of global markets, Asia Pacific. BofA also names Rupert Hume-Kendall as chairman of corporate and investment banking, Europe.
-- Barclays names Peter Young as chairman of Australia.
-- Newmark Grubb Knight Frank adds Helios Capital Advisors to its capital markets advisory platform.
-- NBGI Private Equity taps David Turner as an investment manager on the U.K. team.
-- Best Buy Co. looks for a new chief financial officer.
Asia-focused private equity firm New Silk Route will tap William Campbell, former chair of the card services unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co., as senior operating adviser.