Abacus Finance Group LLC — The New York-based lending company announced two staff promotions: Robby Abraham to vice president, and Song Pettus to senior associate. Abraham first joined Abacus in October 2011 as a senior associate on the investment team. Previously, he was with York Street Capital Partners, H.I.G. Capital and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Pettus joined Abacus in January 2012. Before that, he held positions at Churchill Financial LLC, PricewaterhouseCoopers and FTI Consulting.
Carlyle Group LP (Nasdaq: CG) — The alternative asset manager hired Julius Genachowski to be managing director. A former head of the Federal Communications Commission, Genachowski will work out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. headquarters where he will help source investments in the technology, media and telecommunications sector. Before his time with the FCC, Genachowski worked as chief of business operations and, before that, general counsel at IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI); a special adviser at Greenwich, Conn.-based General Atlantic LLC; and as co-founder of venture capital firm LaunchBox Digital. In the 1990s, he was chief counsel to FCC chairman Reed Hundt, as well as special counsel to general counsel William Kennard, who was later FCC chairman from 1997 to 2001.
CohnReznick LLP — The New York accounting firm appointed Claudine Cohen as a principal. The 20-year veteran has developed an expertise in serving public and private companies, both domestically and internationally. She has worked with private equity investors, lenders and strategic buyers. Prior to joining CohnReznick, Cohen began her career in public accounting with accounting firm PKF International and was a founding partner of Nucleus Corporate Finance, a corporate and strategic advisory boutique in South Africa.
Friedman LLP — Kimberly Dula joins the Marlton, N.J. accounting firm. Dula, who joined Friedman in December, has over 22 years of experience and will be providing tax planning and compliance services to Friedman's high net worth individual clients and their closely-held businesses and private foundations. Dula also authors various external tax articles and has been a speaker for a variety of community and industry organizations.
Greenberg Traurig LLP — The Miami-based law firm has expanded its global gaming practice group by adding Laura McAllister Cox as a shareholder. She will work out of Greenberg’s Philadelphia office. McAllister Cox was previously with Gaming Partners International Corp. as executive vice president and general counsel. Greenberg Traurig’s global gaming practice group focuses on casino operations, as well as address lotteries, pari-mutuel wagering, charitable gaming and Internet gaming.
Lincoln International — The Chicago investment bank promoted four officers to managing director: Mike Fisch, Chris Stradling, Alysia Tan (pictured), and Christine Tiseo. Fisch joined Lincoln in 2004 and is a senior member of the firm’s valuations and opinions group. Stradling, who joined the bank in 2005, is a senior officer in the firm’s global consumer group. Tan came aboard in 2001 and helps lead Lincoln’s administration and operations. Lincoln tapped Tiseo in 2004 to be a senior member of the firm’s debt advisory group. Other promotions include Adam Gifford, Cynthya Goulet, Chris Gresh and Adam Hunia to vice president, as well as Natalie Marjancik and Gaurang Shastri to director.
Loeb & Loeb LLP — Ralph Dudziak has joined the law firm’s Chicago headquarters as a partner where he will lend his expertise to advising banks, aircraft companies, insurance companies, renewable energy developers and other institutional investors. Most recently, Dudziak was a partner in the Chicago office of Foley & Lardner LLP.
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP — James Catalano joined the Columbia, S.C. law firm’s Nashville, Tenn. branch. There, he will be handling commercial and business litigation, as well as construction, healthcare, product liability, professional liability and transportation law. He was previously a partner at Leitner Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP — Scott Sontag, formerly of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, joined the law firm as a partner in the tax department in New York. Sontag will focus his practice on domestic and international transactions. In addition to advising private equity funds, their portfolio companies and public companies, he also advised clients on transactions involving the formation and acquisition of real estate investment trusts. Sontag’s previous experience includes advising commercial real-estate company Brookfield Property Partners LP on the company’s purchase of certain assets from Kajima Corp. (FRA: KAJ) for $1.1 billion.
TA Associates — The private equity firm promoted eight staff members in five of its offices. In London, Christopher Parkin was promoted to managing director from director where he will focus on investments in the financial services sector. Joining him is Dietrich Hauptmeier who was promoted to principal from senior vice president, also in London. In Hong Kong, Edward Sippel was promoted to managing director and co-head of Asia in TA’s. Sippel advised on TA’s 2013 investment in Nintex Group, as well as TA’s earlier investments in Forgame (HKSE: 0484.HK) and SpeedCast. Also in Hong Kong, Naveen Wadhera was promoted to director and co-head of Asia. In Boston, Harry Taylor was promoted to managing director where he will specialize on technology investments. Like Sippel, Taylor also helped lead TA’s Nintex deal. Taylor formerly served on the Boards of IntraLinks (NYSE: IL) and Numara Software. Jeffrey Del Papa, also based in Boston, was promoted to principal from senior vice president. In the Menlo Park, Calif. office, there were two promotions: principals Ashutosh Agrawal and Jason Werlin were both named directors.
TrueNorth Capital Partners LLC— Tsuyoshi Togo joins the Stamford, Conn.-based firm as a managing director. Togo will be involved in mergers and acquisitions, private capital raising and corporate advisory assignments, both domestically and internationally. Togo is a 17-year M&A veteran specializing in cross border transactions between North America and Asia. Prior to joining TrueNorth, Togo has held several positions with different firms, including GCA Savvian Advisors LLC, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA) and Bank of Tokyo, currently The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, where he began his career in finance.