by Baz Hiralal
In October, Willard McLane will join Citigroup Inc. as a managing director and head of corporate and investment banking for the Association of Southeast Asian region and as head of the financial institutions group for Asia-Pacific. McLane will move to Singapore from the Hong Kong office of Morgan Stanley, where he spent 15 years, most recently as a managing director and head of the financial institutions group, Asia-Pacific. At Morgan Stanley, McLane worked on Agricultural Bank of China's $22 billion initial public offering, DBS Group Holdings Ltd.'s $2.8 billion rights issue, the $5.2 billion merger between Overseas Union Bank and United Overseas Bank Ltd. Co., and Thanachart Capital's $2 billion acquisition of Siam City Bank.
Tracey Woon, who has been leading Citi's efforts in Singapore, will cover key regional clients and be a member of the Asia-Pacific CIB executive committee, working closely with McLane. Simon Yoo was leading FIG and becomes head of Asia FIG coverage.
Credit Suisse Group tapped David Hammond as global head of metals and mining in its global industrials group. He will join in October, initially working from London. Hammond has been with Morgan Stanley since 1997. Last year he worked on Arch Coal Inc.'s acquisition of International Coal Group Inc. for $3.4 billion, and Barrick Gold Corp.'s acquisition of Equinox Minerals Ltd. for $7.7 billion. He also worked on Phelps Dodge Corp.'s $29 billion acquisition of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in 2007.
Kevin Cook joined RBC Capital Markets as a managing director in the U.S. technology global investment banking group. Most recently, he was vice president of corporate and business development at Barracuda Networks Inc. Before that, Cook was co-head of the software, systems and services group at Wachovia Securities and global co-head of the Internet and digital media group at Credit Suisse Group.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP announced that Sharis Pozen, former acting assistant attorney general for the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice, joined the firm's global antitrust and competition practice in Washington. Pozen joined the DOJ as chief of staff and counsel in 2009 and was appointed acting assistant attorney general in August 2011. Most recently, she oversaw the DOJ's block of AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA Inc. Pozen also helped secure an injunction to block H&R Block Inc.'s $288 million acquisition of TaxAct.
Pozen was previously a partner in the Washington office of Hogan & Hartson LLP, where she was a director of the firm's antitrust practice. She joined Hogan & Hartson in 1995 and before that worked at the Federal Trade Commission since 1989, where she had been assistant to the director of the Bureau of Competition, attorney adviser to FTC Commissioner Dennis Yao and attorney adviser to FTC Commissioner Christine Varney.
Morrison & Foerster LLP elected Larren Nashelsky as chair of the firm. Currently co-chair of the firm's bankruptcy and restructuring practice and a member of the executive committee, Nashelsky was previously firmwide managing partner. He succeeds Keith Wetmore, whose fourth three-year term as chair ends in October. Wetmore will continue as chair emeritus. Nashelsky joined Morrison & Foerster as a partner in 1999 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Foley & Lardner LLP named Myles Berman as managing partner of its Chicago office, effective Aug. 1. Berman succeeds partner Mark Prager, who has held the role since 2004 and will focus on his bankruptcy and business reorganizations practice. Berman will also co-chair the firm's national government relations practice.
Howard Grossman joined Cozen O'Connor's business law department and real estate practice. Before this, he was chief operating officer at Resource Investments Ltd. and director of acquisitions at Morgan Properties. He was previously a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP.
Venable LLP added labor and employment defense litigator Brian Clark as a partner in its New York office. Clark joins Venable from Clifton Budd & DeMaria LLP. He previously worked in the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor.
Jones Day hired Neal Stephens and Greg Chin as partners in Silicon Valley. Stephens comes in from the Palo Alto, Calif., office of Cooley LLP, where he was a partner in the litigation department. He is now a member of Jones Day's corporate criminal investigations practice. Chin arrived from the Menlo Park, Calif., office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where he was a partner in the emerging-companies practice. He is a member of Jones Day's capital markets practice.
Duane Morris LLP said Anthony Rao and Michael Tiliakos joined its employment, labor, benefits and immigration practice as partners in New York. Rao will also practice from San Francisco. They join from Rao Tiliakos, which they founded in 2008, and previously practiced at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP hired Sharis Pozen, former acting assistant attorney general for the antitrust division of the U.S. Department of Justice.