Cozen O’Connor — The law firm announced two new hires. Martin Schrier has joined the firm’s Miami office as a member. Schrier, previously a partner with K&L Gates LLP, will advise middle-market private equity firms, as well as high net worth individuals and corporate clients on M&A matters. Matthew Criscuolo is also joining Cozen O’ Connor as an associate in the commercial litigation department. He will work out of both the firm’s West Palm Beach and Miami offices. Criscuolo was formerly an associate at Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. The firm recently announced on March 20, the opening of a West Palm Beach location to be headed by office managing partner Scott Elliott.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP — The law firm brought in ambassador Ron Kirk (pictured, above), the former mayor of Dallas, as senior of counsel. At Gibson Dunn, Kirk will advise companies with global interests out of both the Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices. Kirk most recently served as the U. S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama until February 2013. Before that, he was the Secretary of State of Texas under Governor Ann Richards and served two terms as the Mayor of Dallas. He was the first African American to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative and Mayor of Dallas.
Holiday Retirement — The portfolio company of Fortress Investment Group LLC has named Edward Lange chief executive officer. He succeeds Jack Callison, who ran the Lake Oswego, Ore.-based company since 2008. Lange, a 20-year veteran of the residential and senior care industries, spent more than a decade as a member of the executive management team of BRE Properties Inc. (NYSE: BRE), where he joined as chief financial officer and was later promoted to chief operating officer and elected to the board of directors. Prior to joining BRE, he served as the chief financial officer of Health Care REIT Inc. (NYSE:HCN). Over the years, Lange has held several senior management positions at various companies, including chief financial officer of Americold and executive management roles with the Mediplex Group Inc.
Holland & Knight — Mark Scott (pictured) has joined the Miami-based law firm as a partner in its corporate and international practice groups. His clients will include middle-market companies and startups in various industries, including life sciences, telecommunications, real estate and healthcare. Scott will also represent companies in cross-border deals. Previously, Scott was a partner with Duane Morris, also in Miami. Before that, he was a partner at K&L Gates, where he spent time advising deals in Germany, namely in Frankfurt and Berlin.
K&L Gates — The law firm announced the opening of its 48th office in Wilmington, Del. Joining K&L Gates at the new locale are partners Scott Waxman, Eric Feldman, Nicholas Froio and Christina Houston — each poached from law firm Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP. Each partner specializes in cross-border financings and transactions.
McGladrey LLP – The accounting and consulting firm announced that Andy Jenkins is relocating to Columbus, Ohio to develop McGladrey’s transaction advisory services practice. Jenkins advises private equity firms and strategic buyers, namely with platform and add-on acquisitions. His sector experience spans manufacturing, health care, business services, technology and construction.
Qatalyst Group — The technology-focused investment bank appointed Marcie Vu (pictured) as a partner. Vu, most recently head of consumer Internet investment banking at Morgan Stanley, will be based at Qatalyst’s San Francisco headquarters and will advise technology companies and private investment firms on mergers & acquisitions and strategic investments in the internet sector globally.