BMO Capital Markets — The Toronto investment bank named Lyle Wilpon head of U.S. M&A. Wilpon was previously with a number of firms including, most recently, Houlihan Lokey Inc. where he worked on health care and sports advisory. Before that, from 1999, he worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Before that role, he held positions at Credit Suisse Group, Lazard and Wasserstein Perella. Wilpon steps in for Scott Humphrey, who joined BMO in 2007 after about a decade at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Carl Marks Advisory Group LLC — The New York consulting and investment banking adviser announced four promotions. Bankruptcy specialist Michael Flynn was named managing director, while banker Scott Webb was made a director. Michael Grant and Peter Hoffman were each named associates. Webb, Grant and Hoffman each specialize in financial restructuring.
Cohen & Gresser LLP — The New York law firm opened an office in Paris. This is Cohen & Gresser’s first office in Europe and its second office outside the U.S., after Seoul, Korea. The firm plans to use the new office to serve its existing European clients and grow its cross-border M&A practice. Johannes Jonas, who joins the firm from Dentons, also in Paris, will lead the firm as a partner. Jonas, a 25-year veteran, focuses on cross-border transactions and investments. He also maintains a large base of international clients, including German nationals doing business in France as well as a range of foreign clients who invest in Germany.
DLA Piper — Gregory Manter is now a partner at focusing on technology transactions and strategic sourcing matters, including business process and information technology outsourcing, enterprise resource planning, systems integration and other large-scale IT transactions. Previously, Manter was a partner in Mayer Brown LLP's Chicago office.
Holland & Knight — The Miami law firm hired Boston attorney Thomas Greene as a partner in the firm's employee benefits and executive compensation practice segment. Greene counsels clients on a wide range of benefits and compensation matters including negotiating mergers and acquisitions, in addition to advising on issues derived from the Internal Revenue Code and health care reform. The firm also announced that corporate finance partner Guillermo Uribe Lara joined the firm's Mexico City office. Uribe previously served as director of corporation finance and director of market surveillance of the Mexican National Banking and Securities Commission. Joining him on the move are associates Adrian Gay Lasa, Jorge Gonzalez, Mirna Ordaz and paralegal Santiago Soldevilla. The group jumped over from DLA Piper.
Loeb Holding Corp. — The New York asset management firm has named James Kempner (pictured), great-grandson of company founder of Carl Loeb, president. Kempner, a 30-year banking veteran, leaves his role as a managing director at Lazard. He specializes in a variety of sectors, especially transportation and logistics. Kempner’s father, Thomas Kempner, is the firm’s current chairman and CEO. Separately, Said Armutcuoglu was named managing director. Armutcuoglu spent nearly 17 years within the capital markets group at Lazard. Throughout his banking career he has worked in many industry sectors including technology, media and telecommunications, as well as consumer goods.
Perkins Coie LLP — Lee Schindler has joined the firm’s Seattle headquarters as partner in the emerging companies and venture capital practice. He was most recently counsel with WilmerHale in Boston. Schindler serves as corporate counsel to high growth life science and technology companies, especially when it comes to software-as-a-service, mobile applications and financial technology. He also works closely with his clients on fundraising strategy.