by Baz Hiralal
Abu Dhabi Investment Authority recruited Marc Keirstead as chief financial officer in the private equity department, reporting to executive director of PE, Hareb Al Darmaki. Keirstead was previously director of investment finance at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Prior to joining CPPIB in 2008, he worked in the private equity investment subsidiary of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.
Jonathan Bourn joined Robert W. Baird & Co. as a managing director on its European investment banking team. Prior to arriving at Baird's London office, Bourn was a partner at AAC Capital, responsible for originating and executing investments, managing a portfolio of companies in AAC's pan-European fund and serving on the fund's engagement and investment committee. In his 11 years at the firm, Bourn worked on management buyouts, debt and equity restructurings and public-to-private transactions, as well as numerous disposals. Prior to AAC, Bourn spent three years as a director in Credit Suisse Group's acquisition and leveraged finance group, where he arranged debt packages for MBOs on behalf of private equity groups including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP, Apax Partners, 3i Group plc, TPG Capital and Hicks Muse, among others.
Since the beginning of 2011, Baird said it announced 121 M&A deals, valued at $24.3 billion. It said 86 of those deals involved private equity firms, representing about $18.2 billion.
Standard Chartered Bank plc named Sridhar Kanthadai as regional head of transaction banking, northeast Asia. He was a managing director and head of the treasury and trade solutions business for Citigroup Inc. in the Asia Pacific region. Kanthadai was previously chief operating officer for global transaction services in Asia Pacific for Citi, which he joined in August 2000. Before that, he worked at Standard Chartered for five years and at Citicorp Overseas Software Ltd. for eight.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald will join Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's Chicago office on Oct. 29. He will focus on internal corporate investigations and civil litigation and arbitration.
In 2001, Fitzgerald was appointed by President George W. Bush as U.S. Attorney in the northern district of Illinois. He led numerous investigations and prosecutions, including the convictions on corruption charges of two successive governors of Illinois, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, and the fraud conviction of Conrad Black. Prior to 2001, Fitzgerald spent 13 years as an assistant U.S. Attorney in the southern district of New York. He was lead counsel in the investigation, prosecution and seven-month trial of United States v. Usama bin Laden, et al. He also participated in the nine-month trial of United States v. Omar Abdel Rahman, the prosecution of a conspiracy to attack the U.S. that involved the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He also handled numerous drug trafficking cases and organized crime cases, including the six-month trial of United States v. John Gambino. From 1985 to 1988, he practiced at Christy & Viener, which combined with Europe's Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn in 1998.
In Hong Kong, Jones Day took on Chris Swift as a partner in the mergers and acquisitions practice. He was a partner with Allen & Overy LLP, where he headed the international corporate practice. Swift also spent two years at the London Takeover Panel.
Litigator Paul Huck Jr. joined Hunton & Williams LLP as a partner in Miami. He arrived from litigation boutique Colson Hicks Eidson. From 2007 to 2008, Huck was general counsel to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
Ami Scott joined the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin LLP as a partner in the finance group from Mayer Brown LLP. She has worked on acquisition financings, working capital financings, subscription facilities and private lending deals.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP said Astrid Owen joined as a partner in its private client practice, based in London. Owen hails from Withers LLP and has handled international trust, tax and wealth transfer matters.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Avalon Lake Partners, an advisory firm for the alternative asset management industry, adds Michael Byl as a director.
-- Moelis & Co. hires Paul Inouye as a managing director, advising technology clients.
-- Thomas Steyer, founder of Farallon Capital Management LLC, plans to step down, leaving Andrew Spokes as sole managing partner.
-- Alex Francois joins William Blair & Co. LLC as the head of Australia and New Zealand institutional distribution.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald will join Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP's Chicago office on Oct. 29.