Altius Associates Ltd. — Two senior associates have been appointed to the firm’s global investment team. Jeffrey Kopocis will be based in the firm’s Richmond, Va. office and Arnaud Garel-Galais will be based in the London office.
Cozen O'Connor PC — The Philadelphia law firm announced that Martin Schrier has joined as a member in its Miami office. Most recently with K&L Gates LLP, Schrier advises both domestic and cross-border M&A, leveraged buyouts, restructurings and venture capital investments. Cozen O’Connor also named Scott Elliott managing partner in the firm’s West Palm Beach, Fla. Elliott represents high net worth individuals in all aspects of family trusts and handles estates work.
Creo Capital Securities LLC — The Los Angeles-based investment bank recently named Nick Sternberg to managing director, Eric Coonrod to director and Eric Froidevaux to senior analyst. Before Creo, Sternberg was a vice president at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for capital raising and M&A. Prior to that, he held a variety of leadership positions at several firms, including National Financial Partners, Goldman Sachs & Co. and an auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co. Coonrod previously worked in the alternative energy practice at Stern Brothers & Co., the Mercanti Group and on the equity capital markets desk for Deutsche Bank Securities. Froidevaux previously worked at Preciado Cardiology Inc., a Los Angeles based medical practice and before that, served as a financial analyst for Panamera Capital.
Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC – Mark Samson (pictured) has returned to the turnaround firm as a managing director. He had left Getzler Henrich in May 2011 to become an operating partner at Praesidian Capital. He continued with Getzler Henrich in an advisory role until officially rejoining the firm in January 2013. Samson will be in the company’s New York headquarters and oversee business and restructuring plan development.
Goldman Sachs & Co. — Former White House assistant Stephen Friedman (pictured), whose career spans 30 years at Goldman as both senior partner and chairman, announced his retirement on April 4. Friedman, a director and chairman of the the investment bank’s risk committee, plans to step down officially on May 22. He joined Goldman in 1966 and was elected to its board in April 2005. Since then, he has also been chairman of Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm. Friedman also worked in the White House under President George W. Bush, serving as assistant to the president for economic policy and as director of the National Economic Council. At 75 years old, he is required to retire by Goldman’s corporate governance guidelines. His successor is former Credit Suisse managing director and head of investment banking Adebayo Ogunlesi, who is now an independent director and has been a Goldman board member since 2012. Currently a member of the risk committee of Goldman’s board, he is set to become the new chair upon Friedman’s retirement.
Lincoln International — The investment bank hired Alexander Stevenson (pictured) as a managing director in the firm's restructuring group. He will be based in Lincoln International’s Los Angeles office. Previously, he was at FocalPoint Securities and, before that, he was a managing director at Ernst & Young Corporate Finance where he was a senior member of the firm’s restructuring practice. Stevenson’s expertise includes distressed M&A, company reorganization and Chapter 11 processes.
Pritzker Group — The investment firm hired David Hirsch as vice president. In this role, he will provide financial and accounting services across Pritzker’s portfolio of companies. Hirsch was previously a manager at Crowe Horwath LLP where he advised private equity and corporate clients.