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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

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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

Roundtable

Financial Services Companies Heat Up M&A Market
Speakers from Flexpoint Ford, Genstar Capital, Baird Capital, Madison Capital Funding and Katten Muchin Rosenman discuss the various factors playing a role in M&A activity within the financial services space

Expert's Corner

Pursuing Pharma Manufacturing
The fragmented pharmaceutical manufacturing industry provides plenty of opportunities for private equity investors, says JLL Partners founder Paul Levy

People Moves of the Week:
BlackRock, KKR, Paul Hastings

BlackRock names new chairman in China, KKR hires new head of Brazil, and Paul Hastings adds a partner to its office in Milan

BlackRock Inc. (NYSE: BLK) — The investment management firm hired Hsueh-ming Wang to be chairman of its offices in the Asia-Pacific region. Wang, a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) director, will be responsible for developing BlackRock’s long-term business strategy across mainland China.


Cleary Gull Inc. — The investment banking group has promoted Ryan Olsta to managing director and Patrick Bremmer to vice president. In addition, Cleary Gull has recently added Matthew Pearson and Christopher Larsen to its investment banking team.


Goldman Ismail LLP — The law boutique hired Shayna Cook (pictured) as a partner in Chicago. Formerly of Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, Cook advises clients on product liability defense, as well as commercial and intellectual property litigation.


KKR & Co. LP (NYSE:KKR) — Jorge Fergie is joining KKR on March 1 as a managing director where he will head the private equity firm’s Brazil office in São Paulo. Fergie previously spent 29 years at McKinsey & Co.,where he helped establish that firm’s business in Brazil and throughout Latin America.


LNK Partners — The private equity firm hired Patrick Boroian as a partner focused on business development. Boroian is 20-year veteran of private equity who spent more than 10 years as a partner at Brockway Moran & Partners, where he led the firm’s business development activities. Before joining Brockway Moran, he served as a General Partner at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette’s venture capital affiliate, the Sprout Group, and as a managing director at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. Boroian began his career at Odyssey Partners where he also headed business development.


MC Healthcare Finance — The firm named Kim Gordon senior vice president and director of credit. Gordon, a 25-year financing veteran, is based in MC Healthcare’s Chicago office, where she will be responsible for the underwriting and portfolio management of low middle-market businesses.


Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP — Partners Ellen Bancroft and Bryan Gadol and of counsel Joo Ryung Kang have joined the law firm from Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Bancroft advises public and private companies on deals and private financings. Gadol provides general corporate and governance advice to emerging growth and middle-market companies, while Kang focuses on corporate and securities law.


Nixon Peabody LLP —The law firm has promoted three of its lawyers to partner, effective Feb. 1: Kelly Babson, Amy O’Keefe (pictured) and Michael Schnipper. Babson advises clients on a variety of regulatory matters, while Amy O’Keefe specializes in life-sciences, retail and manufacturing companies. Both Babson and O’Keefe will be based in Nixon Peabody’s Boston office. Schnipper, who will be based in Long Island, N.Y., generally advises mandates in the healthcare sector.


Paul Hastings LLP — Lorenzo Parola has joined the law firm’s Milan office as a partner with the corporate and energy practices. He joins from Grimaldi Studio Legale, the Italian successor firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, where he was a partner. While there, Parola was global co-chair of the renewable and clean energy industry sector group.


Squire Sanders — The law firm has expanded its antitrust practice with the addition of several partners to its Washington, D.C. office. The group is led by Mark Botti, and includes J. Brady Dugan and Anthony Swisher. Botti, who was previously the head of the antitrust and unfair competition practice at Akin Gump, represents clients on all antitrust matters — government investigations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, government and private litigation — within various sectors, including healthcare, biotechnology, agriculture, intellectual property and insurance. Dugan focuses on criminal and civil antitrust, fraud and related matters. He served for more than 15 years at the Department of Justice. Swisher has experience representing clients before the Federal Trade Commission and the Antitrust Division in connection with government antitrust investigations of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.


TM Capital — The middle-market investment promoted Andrew Redmond (pictured) to vice president. Since joining the firm as an associate in 2010, Redmond has participated in a variety of transactions, including exclusive sales, acquisitions, recapitalizations, financings and advisory engagements. TM has offices in New York, Boston and Atlanta.


UHY LLP — Howard Foote has been named office managing partner. Foote is a partner at UHY LLP and also serves as UHY Advisors NY chief financial officer and treasurer.


Valence Group — Ian George joins the chemicals and materials investment banking boutique brought as a managing director in London. Before joining Valence, George held senior positions at Nomura Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NMR), Bear Stearns, and Epic Private Equity LLP.

 

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