Alter Domus — Patrick McCullagh is now head of sales at the New York firm. Alter Domus provides fund and corporate services to private equity houses, real estate firms, multinationals and private clients. McCullagh spent six years at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (nyse: jpm) in various positions, including executive director, head of business development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) private equity and real estate fund services.
Altius Associates Ltd. — The Richmond, Va.-based private equity firm appointed Rhonda Ryan as a partner in its London office. Ryan, a 20-year M&A veteran, will also be head of EMEA investments. She was previously a managing director at Pinebridge Investments, the spin-out of AIG Investments, where she oversaw the private funds group Europe. Prior to that, she was head of private equity at Insight Investment, the asset management division of banking and insurance company HBOS plc.
Morris Manning & Martin LLP — Bonnie Hochman Rothell joins the Atlanta law firm as a partner in the litigation practice. Based in Washington D.C., she will work closely with the firm’s real estate and commercial finance/lending practices. Rothell previously chaired Krooth & Altman LLP’s litigation and risk management practice.
Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP — Former chief justice Myron Steele (pictured) will join the Wilmington, Del.-based law firm as a partner. The move comes on the heels of Steele’s stepping down as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware in November. Steele’s judicial career spans 25 years, including a stint as Delaware's judicial ambassador at large. Appointed in 2004, he has presided over dozens of seminal cases in his twenty-three years as a member of Delaware’s judiciary. He served on the Delaware Superior Court from 1988 to 1994, and held the position of vice-chancellor of the Chancery Court of Delaware for six years before being selected for the Supreme Court bench in 2000, where he served as justice.
Sidley Austin LLP — Ram Burshtine has joined the Chicago firm’s New York office as a partner in the global finance practice. Burshtine specializes in leveraged domestic and cross-border deals, including debt restructurings, debtor-in-possession credit facilities and exit financing. Burshtine’s arrival further expands the firm’s global finance practice, following the recent addition of two new partners to the practice in Dallas and the addition of one partner in Sidley’s Houston office.
Woodbridge International — The New Haven, Conn.-based investment bank has expanded its team in São Paulo, Brazil. Joining Woodbridge’s Brazil office as senior M&A advisers are Ricardo Belotti and his sons Pedro Belotti and Joao Belotti. The family joins from consulting boutique Belotti Partners in São Paulo. Ricardo Belotti is a 30-year finance veteran. Prior to opening his own firm, he was a partner at Brasilpar, one of the first private equity firms in Brazil. Joao Belotti had previously worked for Ernst & Young, while his brother Pedro served as director coordinating M&A transactions for the dental segment of medical supply distributor Henry Schein Inc. Separately, Woodbridge hired Rafael Mastrocola, an investment banker who previously worked for Banco Santander, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup (NYSE: C).