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ACG New York Women of Leadership - Entrepreneur Series
Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, founder of Vera Bradley (Nasdaq: VRA), is the latest in a series of entrepreneurs highlighted at ACG New York Women of Leadership events. Photo credit: Robert Blumenfeld

Watercooler

GTCR, Hormel, the Riverside Co-CEOs and Others Win M&A Mid-Market Awards
Amid a slow and challenging year for dealmaking, the winners of Mergers & Acquisitions’ 7th Annual M&A Mid-Market Awards outpaced the competition to grow, innovate and lead the middle market

Dealmakers

The Buyside:
Disney, Warner Bros. Seek Next-Gen YouTubes

Traditional Hollywood studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. are seeking next-generation YouTube content providers

The Buyside

Activist Investors Dig Into Mid Market
Spurred on by the high-profile success of Carl Icahn and others, a growing crop of firms is looking further downstream

People Moves of the Week:
Dechert, General Atlantic, Ramius

Dechert hires new corporate partner in New York, General Atlantic names Apax vet head of India, and Ramius has a new CEO

Dechert LLP — The law firm hired Andrew Hulsh as a corporate partner in New York. Hulsh was most recently a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, where he was co-leader of the firm’s North American private equity practice.


Editure Professional Development — The private equity-backed organization that provides consulting services to students in preschool through 12th grade has hired Sheena Hervey as chief academic officer. Editure was combined with JBHM Education Group in September following the acquisition of both companies by Weld North Holdings LLC, an investment company founded by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and former Kaplan Inc. chief executive Jonathan Grayer. Prior to joining Editure, Hervey was a consultant at Aussie, which was acquired by Editure PD in 2009, where she provided research-based professional development for teachers and workshops for principals.


Foley & Lardner LLPRobert Lee (pictured) has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Orlando and Miami offices, where he will be a part of the transactional and securities practice for China and Latin America. Prior to joining Foley, Lee was a partner with Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP.


General Atlantic LLC — The private equity firm announced that Sandeep Naik has joined as a managing director and head of the firm's Mumbai office in India. Naik will lead General Atlantic's investment advisory activity in India as part of the firm's strategy to invest in growth companies in emerging markets. Naik was previously a partner and co-head of the India office for Apax Partners. Prior to that, he was global marketing manager at Medtronic Inc. (NYSE: MDT). He is also the co-founder of medical device firm InfraScan Inc., which detects bleeding inside the brain using a handheld device.


Ramius LLC — The investment management subsidiary of Cowen Group Inc. (Nasdaq: COWN) named Michael Singer chief executive officer. He will be responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations. Also announced was Thomas Strauss’ promotion to chairman of Ramius and vice-chairman of Cowen. In this position, he will focus on expanding global relationships and partnerships in the asset management business.


Warburg Pincus LLC — The private equity firm has appointed Lee Kranefuss as an executive-in-residence. Kranefuss, previously chief executive officer of iShares, a group of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) managed by BlackRock. Kranefuss will help Warburg Pincus identify and evaluate investment opportunities in the areas of ETFs, index investing and asset management, particularly in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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