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UPDATED: People Moves of the Week

Baker & McKenzie's latest hire boosts its Latin America coverage; Cole Taylor adds two; and Weld North poaches new managing director from Kaplan Inc.

Updated 11:38 am, Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Baker & McKenzieKaryn Koiffman has joined the law firm’s New York office as a partner. At Baker & McKenzie, she is expected to work primarily with the firm’s clients in Latin America and Brazil. Koiffman was previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York. Earlier in her career, she was an associate at Castro Barros Sobral Gomes Advogados in Sao Paulo for six years before relocating to the United States in 2002.

Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC — The New York-based buyout firm named Ralph Wright an operating partner. Prior to joining Blue Wolf, Wright served as a project engineer for Great Southern Wood Preserving Inc. Before that, Wright was a wireline engineer for oilfield services company Schlumberge Ltd.

Cole Taylor Business Capital —Two additions were made to Cole Taylor Bank’s middle-market lending division. Christopher Soupal was named senior vice president, and Stephen Beriau, assistant vice president. Both will be based in the company’s headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. Soupal most recently worked at RedRidge Finance Group, where he was a managing director. Beriau was previously with Bibby Financial, where he was operations manager, underwriter and auditor.

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP —The New York-based law firm added competition lawyer Nicholas Spearing as a partner in London. Spearing, who represents leading companies in transactions as well as in regulatory matters before key U.K. and European commissions, was formerly with Freshfields, also in London.

Robert W. Baird & Co. — Investment banker Robert Rosenfeld has joined the firm as a director in Chicago, where he will focus on the consumer sector. Prior to joining Baird, Rosenfeld was a director at BMO Capital Markets, also in Chicago.

Weld North LLC — The investment firm hired Justin Serrano as a managing director, focusing on investments in education. He joins Weld North from Kaplan Inc., where he was most recently president of Kaplan K12 and College Prep Programs.

Winston & Strawn LLP — The Chicago law firm has hired Bradley Mandel, a private-investment fund-formation attorney. At Winston & Strawn, Mandel is expected to represent private equity fund sponsors on acquisitions and divestitures of their portfolio companies. Mandel joins the firm from law firm Proskauer Rose, where he was an associate for almost four years.


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