Adveq — The Zurich, Switzerland-based asset manager and private equity investor has appointed Ron Li (pictured) as head of Chinawhere he will further develop Adveq’s position across Asia. Li joined Adveq as a managing director in early January and is based in the firm’s Beijing office.

Area Property Partners LP — The real estate investor, which was recently acquired by Ares Management LLC, announced that founder William Mack is stepping down as chairman. His son, Richard Mack — North America chief executive and founding principal of Area — will become a senior adviser to Ares Real Estate Group. Lee Neibart, the company’s chief executive, will become a senior partner and co-head of Ares Real Estate Group. William Benjamin will become a senior partner of Ares Real Estate Group and continue as head of Europe and India real estate.

Bryan Cave LLP — Scott Hobby, Charles Hollis III, Derek Johnston, and Sean Christy will join Bryan Cave’s Atlanta office as partners, specializing in the outsourcing of transactions. Hobby, a 25-year M&A veteran, focuses his practice in a variety of industries including banking, insurance, consumer products, electronics, health care, manufacturing, energy and logistics. He began his career as an associate at Powell Goldstein Frazer and Murphy. Hollis, who has concentrated his practice on outsourcing matters for more than 14 years, is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Johnston brings more than 15 years of experience to Bryan Cave, specializing in the banking, insurance, energy, consumer goods and retail space. Christy focuses his practice on software systems and telecommunications transactions.

CREO Capital Securities LLC — The Los Angeles-based investment bank announced the additions of Joe Bratter as managing director and Jason Greene as director. Bratter was previously a senior vice president at Greif & Co., a vice president at Van Kasper & Co. and a vice president at the Bank of California. Greene began his banking career at defunct investment adviser Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette and was most recently a consultant to clients such as Colony Capital and Warner Music. Prior to that, he served as vice president, corporate development and strategic planning at Anschutz Entertainment Group, as well as officer positions at Zuma Capital Partners, Redleaf Group and Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Nardello & Co. — The international investigation and M&A due diligence firm announced two new hires. Martin Stone and Thomas Feeney joined Nardello’s London and New York offices, respectively, as managing directors. Stone, whose investigative career spans more than 20 years, specializes in matters involving the Middle East and North Africa. Earlier in his career, he worked at Deloitte, where he established and led a forensic practice. Feeney specializes in litigation support and corporate investigations. Prior to joining Nardello, Feeney worked for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP where he led numerous investigations involving the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, bribery, fraud and embezzlement for their white collar criminal defense and internal investigations practice. Before that, Feeney served for a decade as a U.S. Postal Inspector in New York.

Patron Capital Partners — Georg von Hammerstein has joined the European private equity real estate fund as a senior adviser. He will be working with Patron’s existing investment teams and focus on new investments across Germany. Most recently, Hammerstein was the European chief investment officer of Pramerica Real Estate Investors. Patron’s offices are based in London, Luxemburg, Barcelona, Milan and Dreieich, Germany.

Sidley Austin LLP — Timothy Langenkamp has joined the law firm’s Houston office as a partner and member of the energy-focused capital markets practice. Previously at Andrews Kurth LLP and Cavazos Morin Langenkamp & Ferraro LLP, Langenkamp represents underwriters and issuers in debt and equity capital markets transactions. He counsels clients on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other general corporate and securities matters. Sidley, which opened in February 2012, currently has 30 lawyers at its Houston office.

Silicon Legal Strategy — The firm added Coleman Cannon as a senior associate in its San Francisco office, marking the firm’s fourth hire in 2013. Coleman’s expertise includes advising startups, entrepreneurs, venture capital funds and angel investors in M&A transactions and venture financings. Other 2013 hires at Silicon Legal include senior paralegal Julie Gleason, previously at Perkins Coie LLP in Palo Alto, Calif.; senior associate Abigail Hipps, who was previously with Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP in Menlo Park, Calif.; and Brendan Herron, who joined from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.

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