by Baz Hiralal
UBS Securities Japan Co. tapped Goldman, Sachs & Co. veteran Junya Nishiwaki as a managing director and head of corporate client solutions, effective Aug. 23. He will oversee client coverage, merger and acquisition advisory and financing services in Japan.
Nishiwaki began his career at Goldman in 1994, working in London and then in New York and Tokyo. Most recently, he was head of the general industry group in the Japan investment banking division. He has advised companies in sectors including consumer, retail, automotive, machinery and electronics.
Piper Jaffray Cos. agreed to acquire midmarket advisory firm Edgeview Partners LP, which specializes in mergers and acquisitions. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Edgeview was founded in 2001 and is based in Charlotte, N.C. According to its website, the firm has seven partners, including Derek D. Beres, Frederic H. Garner, William A. Morrissett, founding member David B. Patterson, Christopher S. Rosbrook, John L. Tye and J. Stuart White, who joined the firm in 2011 from Wells Fargo & Co. (formerly Wachovia Corp.), where he was responsible for the healthcare, consumer and retail M&A practices. Garner and Morrissett joined the firm when it was founded.
In 2007, Edgeview was acquired by CIT Group Inc., which went through bankruptcy and sold the firm back to employees in 2010.
Christopher Cade is now head of U.K. sales at Frontier Investment Management LLP. He previously worked in investment sales and marketing at Skandia AB from October 2008 to January. Before that, Cade was head of third- party sales at Baring Asset Management, which he joined in February 2000.
Thompson Hine LLP said Roy E. Hadley Jr. and John L. Watkins joined its Atlanta office as partners in the corporate transactions and securities and business litigation practice groups, respectively. Both arrive from Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
Hadley counsels on corporate and outsourcing transactions, focusing on transactions involving cloud computing, intellectual property, technology and information security. He has been a vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of AirGate PCS Inc. and a vice president, corporate counsel and chief privacy officer for WorldTravel BTI. He was also in-house counsel for Turner Entertainment Group/AOL Time Warner and MCI WorldCom.
Watkins will lead the insurance recovery work in Atlanta. At Barnes & Thornburg, he was co-leader of the cloud computing and cyber technology practice team. He was previously with Chorey, Taylor & Feil PC, which he joined in December 2007 after a stint at Wagner, Johnston & Rosenthal PC. Before that, Watkins practiced at Long Aldridge & Norman/McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP and Hansell & Post for 25 years.
Clippings from the next column:
-- Goldman, Sachs & Co. names Ian Gilday as head of origination for collateralized loan obligations, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
-- WR Hambrecht + Co. brings in Michael A. Zampardi as CEO.
-- Amherst Securities Group LP hires Chris McDowell as a managing director, fixed income trading and sales.
-- CNA Financial Corp. appoints Derek Smith as vice president of corporate development.
-- Janney Montgomery Scott LLC hires Alfred DeRenzis and Scott Ford for wealth management.
-- Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP taps partner Jon Leibowitz, former chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.
-- Bracewell & Giuliani LLP partner Patrick K. Craine heads to Chesapeake Energy Corp. as chief compliance officer.
Thompson Hine said partners Roy Hadley Jr. and John Watkins joined its corporate transactions and securities and business litigation practice groups, respectively.