Ares Management LLC — Charles Steel has joined the Ares Private Equity Group as a managing director and will be based in London. Most recently, he served as an adviser to former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair on finance and business development at the Office of the Quartet Representative in Jerusalem. Steel previously worked at the Carlyle Group LP (NASDAQ: CG) from 2001 to 2010 in European leveraged buyouts. Prior to that, he was a member of the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) since 1998. Ares is based in Los Angeles.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE: BAC) — Tracy Caliendo is slated to join the New York investment bank in September. As a managing director, she will head the Americas equity hedge fund services division. Caliendo was with Goldman Sachs since 1997 where, most recently, she was a managing director and co-head of Americas electronic trading sales and coverage. She was also responsible for senior relationship management of its hedge fund business across the bank’s equity platform. She began her career as a financial analyst in Goldman’s prime brokerage group.

Bentall Kennedy LP — Betsy Weingarten, Wes Ahrens and Steve Lekki have joined the Vancouver real estate investment firm as senior vice presidents. Weingarten has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, most recently with Denver-based Apartment Investment and Management Co. (NYSE: AIV) Ahrens most recently headed an investment management team at Walton Street Capital that managed a West Coast industrial portfolio. His career has included other senior positions at Crescent Equities and Prudential in transactions and development. Lekki joins the company from the real estate investment management business of Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE: DB) where, as director, he was responsible for managing a $500 million portfolio of properties for California Public Employees' Retirement System. Prior to his role there, Lekki held senior postings at AMB Property Corp.

Robinson & Cole LLP — Eileen Smith Ewing and Caitlin Healey have joined the law firm’s Boston office. Ewing, who was hired as a partner, specializes in biomedical and pharmaceutical M&A. Healey comes on board as an associate in the firm’s finance practice group where she will focus on commercial lending. Robinson & Cole also hired Michael Crisp in New York as a partner focusing on corporate disputes, and Dawn Zammitti as counsel in Hartford Conn., the firm’s headquarters, where she will practice retirement and welfare benefits issues.

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