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People Moves: Former Burger King and Pepsi Executive Mikel Durham Named CEO at Bregal Partners-Backed American Seafoods

Arsenal Capital-backed Elite Comfort hires former Dow Chemical executive Chris Chrisafides as CEO

Birker Bahnsen was promoted from director to managing director at TA associates. Based in London, Bahnsen focuses on European healthcare investments. He joined the firm in 2009 from HgCapital.


Ahmed Baladi has joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a partner in partner in Paris. Previously with Allen & Overy, Baladi concentrates on digital transactions, including cybersecurity.


Jeremy Berry was hired by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a partner. Based in New York and most recently with Akin Gump, Berry advises private equity and hedge funds on M&A and fund formations.


Mark Briggs has joined Boston-based Silversmith Capital Partners as a senior adviser. He will advise the firm and its portfolio companies on investment opportunities and trends in the technology and healthcare sectors. Briggs was most recently the CEO of healthcare data firm Ability Network.


Elvir Causevic has joined Los Angeles-based Houlihan Lokey Inc. (NYSE: HLI) as co-head of the firm's technology and intellectual property advisory group. Houlihan acquired Black Stone IP LLC, an IP-focused investment bank.


Chris Chrisafides was hired as CEO at Arsenal Capital Partners-backed foam bedding manufacturer Elite Comfort Solutions, which is located in Newnan, Georgia. Chrisafides most recently served as commercial vice president for Dow Chemical Co.’s (NYSE: DOW) North American polyurethane division.


David Chung was hired by Palto Alto, California-based HGGC as executive director. Before joining HGGC, Chung was with Blum Capital Partners.


Martin Dozier was promoted from counsel to partner at Alston & Bird. Based in Atlanta, Dozier focuses on M&A in financial services.


Steve Duke was promoted from principal to managing director at Harvest Partners SCF. Duke joined the firm in 2014 and concentrates on the business services and healthcare sectors.


Nathalie Duguay has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s Paris office as a partner. Previously with King & Wood Mallesons, Duguay concentrates on private equity.


Mikel Durham has been named CEO at Seattle-based American Seafoods, which is backed by Bregal Partners. Durham is a former PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) and Burger King North America executive.


Athena Yvonne Eastwood has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's Washington, D.C. office as a partner. Previously with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Eastwood represents energy companies and agricultural cooperatives in transaction and regulatory matters.


Robin Feiner has joined Winston & Strawn LLP’s New York office as a partner. Most recently with Proskauer Rose, Feiner represents financial sponsors, issuers and underwriters in initial public offerings.


Kenneth Field has joined EisnerAmper LLP as a managing director. Field & Higgins has merged with Princeton, New Jersey-based EisnerAmper.


Edmund Fish  has joined Los Angeles-based Houlihan Lokey Inc. (NYSE: HLI) as co-head of the firm's technology and intellectual property advisory group. Houlihan acquired Black Stone IP LLC, an IP-focused investment bank.


Liam FitzGerald was hired by Clayton Dubilier & Rice as an operating adviser for the healthcare space. Based in London, FitGerald is the former CEO of UDG Healthcare plc.


Daniel Florian was promoted from principal to managing director at Boca Raton, Florida-based Sun Capital Partners. Florian joined the firm in 2007 and focuses on the industrials and packaging sectors.


Joseph Fortunato has joined Boston-based J.W. Childs Associates as an operating partner. Fortunato, the former CEO of GNC Holdings Inc. (NYS: GNC), will help the firm evaluate potential investments in the retail sector.


Bo Griffith was promoted from senior associate to partner at Alston & Bird. Based in Atlanta, Griffith concentrates on M&A in the financial services sector.


Thomas Groh was promoted from principal to partner at Atlus Capital Partners. Based in Lincolnshire, Illinois, Groh joine Atlus in 2014 and focuses on new business development and deal generation.


Matt Gullen has joined Comvest Partners as a partner. Based in West Palm Beach, Florida and most recently with H.I.G Capital, Gullen will be responsible for sourcing and executing transactions.


Adam Gwaltney has joined Nixon Peabody as a partner. Based in Providence, Rhode Island, and previously with Hinckley Allen, Gwaltney focuses on M&A in the retail, technology and manufacturing sectors.


John Higgins has joined EisnerAmper LLP as a managing director. Field & Higgins has merged with Princeton, New Jersey-based EisnerAmper.


Russell Hilton was promoted from senior associate to partner at Alston & Bird. Based in Atlanta, Hilton focuses on M&A in the healthcare space.


Bradley Houser has joined Holland & Knight’s Miami office as a partner. Most recently with Akerman, Houser focuses on M&A, particularly with real estate investment trusts (REITs) and special purpose acquisition corporations.


Greg Hughes has joined Palto Alto, California-based HGGC as executive director. Hughes previously served as CEO of Serena Software, which HGGC sold to Micro Focus in 2016.


Blake IIstrup has joined Orrick’s technology practice as a partner in Seattle. IIstrup was most recently the general counsel at biotechnology startup KPI Therapeutics.


Alex Jacobs was hired by KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. (NYSE: KEY) as head of the firm’s food and beverage group. Based in Chicago, Jacobs was previously with BMO Capital Markets.


Kristin Johnson was promoted from principal to managing director at San Francisco-based Altamont Capital Partners. Johnson heads the firm's business development efforts


Amit Kataria

Amit Kataria was promoted from counsel to partner at Morrison Foerster. Based in Hong Kong, Kataria, focuses on M&A in the financial services, technology, logistics and pharmaceutical sectors.


Brian Kelley has joined New York-based Lindsay Goldberg as a partner, where he will focus on investments in the consumer products and services sectors. Kelley was most recently the CEO at Keurig Green Mountain.


Guillaume Kessler has joined Orrick as a partner in Paris. Previously with Freshfields, Kessler concentrates on M&A and private equity in technology, media and retail sectors. 


Sarah Kim was promoted from principal to partner at New York-based Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Kim joined the firm in 2008 and focuses on the healthcare sector.


Kenichi Ko was promoted from associate to partner at Morrison Foerster. Based in Tokyo, Ko concentrates on M&A.


Cem Koray was promoted from managing director to partner at New York-based Perella Weinberg Partners. Before joining the firm in 2013, Koray was with JP Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM). He focuses on the retail and consumer product sectors.


Michael Krigbaum was promoted from associate to partner at Morrison & Foerster. Based in Palo Alto, California, Krigbaum concentrates on M&A in the life sciences and technology sectors.


Matthew Lau was promoted from associate to partner at Morrison Foerster. Based in Hong Kong, Lau focuses on tax structuring related to M&A and private equity in the U.S. and Asia. 


Fatine Layt was hired by LionTree to lead the technology, media and telecommunications-focused firm's new Paris office. Layt was previously with Oddo Corporate Finance.


Rita Lei has been hired as CFO at the Carlyle Group LP (Nasdaq: CG)-backed engine parts maker Paradigm Precision. Lei is a former executive at United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Carlyle invested in Manchester, Connecticut-based Paradigm in 2013.


Jared Manes was promoted from associate to partner at Jenner & Block. Based in New York, Manes concentrates on M&A in the healthcare, food and beverage, energy and manufacturing sectors.


Julie Mediamolle was promoted from senior associate to partner at Alston & Bird. She is based in Washington, D.C. and focuses on M&A.


Sean Murphy was promoted from principal to managing director at New York-based Harvest Partners SCF. Murphy joined the firm in 2016 and concentrates on the retail and consumer sectors.


George Pain has joined Jenner & Block’s Chicago office as a partner. Pain most recently served as general counsel at chemical producer Olin Corp. (NYSE: OLN), where he was involved in several M&A transactions.


Chirs Paldino has joined Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Hidden Harbor Capital Partners as founding partner, where he will oversee the firm’s investment process. Most recently, with H.I.G Capital, Paldino has experience in the business services, manufacturing and logistics sectors.


Paul Pantano has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher's Washington, D.C. office as a partner. Previously with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP, Pantano represents energy companies and commodity dealers in transaction and regulatory matters.


Bob Pender was hired by Palto Alto, California-based HGGC as executive director. Pender most recently served as Serena Software’s chief operating officer.


Eric Petersen was promoted from vice president to senior vice president at New York-based Abacus Finance. Peterson, who has been with Abacus since 2013, focuses on structuring, underwriting and executing new investments. Led by co-founder Tim Clifford, Abacus has completed more than 50 transactions with $1.5 billion in total financings since its launch in 2011


Stephen Pevsner has joined Proskauer’s London office as a partner. Most recently with King & Wood Mallesons, Pevsner concentrates on tax matters related to M&A and private equity.


Sabine Pittrof

Sabine Pittrof has joined Squire Patton Boggs’ Frankfurt office as a partner. Previously with Deloitte, Pittrof focuses on energy M&A in Germany and Australia.


Todd Plosker was promoted from principal to managing director, head of capital markets at Boca Raton, Florida-based Sun Capital Partners. Plosker joined the firm in 2007 and serves as head of capital markets.


Edward Prokop was promoted from associate to partner at Jenner & Block. Based in New York, Prokop focuses on private equity and M&A across the energy, healthcare and manufacturing sectors.


Alex Rolfe was promoted from principal to managing director at San Francisco-based Altamont Capital Partners. Rolfes concentrates on the software and business services sectors.


Nick Romano was promoted from principal to managing director at New York-based Harvest Partners. Romano joined the firm in 2015 and focuses on the industrials and consumer sectors.


Andrew Schoenthal was promoted from managing director to senior managing director at New York-based Harvest Partners. Schoenthal joined Harvest in 2005 and focuses on investments in the business services and consumer sectors .


Tyler Sewell was promoted from associate to partner at Morrison Foerster. Based in Denver, Sewell concentrates on M&A and private equity.


Stephen Shapiro was promoted from principal to partner at New York-based Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Shapiro joined the firm 2002 and focuses on the services sector.


Andrew Smetana has joined Vinson & Elkins’ Austin, Texas, office as counsel. Previously with start-up Vapor IO Inc., Smetana, focuses on M&A and venture capital in the technology space.


Jeremy Stone was promoted from principal to managing director at Boca Raton, Florida-based Sun Capital Partners. Stone joined the firm in 2005 and concentrates on the industrials, building products, chemicals and packaging industries.


Derek Strum was promoted from principal to partner at New York-based Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Strum joined the firm in 2002 and concentrates on the healthcare industry.


Yasuhide Watanabe was hired by Morrison & Foerster as a partner in New York. Previously with Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Watanabe advises Japanese companies looking to deals in the U.S.


Robert Wessely has joined Blank Rome as a partner in New York. Most recently with Withers Bergman LLP, focuses on M&A and private equity in the financial services, aerospace, software, manufacturing and energy sectors.


Jared Wien was promoted from principal to managing director at Boca Raton, Florida-based Sun Capital Partners. Wien joined the firm in 2005 and focuses on the automotive, aerospace and energy sectors.


Robert Woll was hired by Mayer Brown’s Hong Kong office as a partner. Previously with Deacons, Woll concentrates on private equity, including investment opportunities and fund formations.


Jeffrey Wu has been promoted from principal to partner at New York and San Francisco-based Behrman Capital. Wu joined the firm in 2002 and focuses on the aerospace and defense and healthcare sectors.


J.L. Zrebiec was promoted from principal to partner at New York-based Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Zrebiec joined CD&R in 2004 and focuses on the industrials sector.

 

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