Altius Associates Ltd. — The firm has appointed William Charlton (pictured) as a partner and head of U.S. investments. He will be based in Richmond, Va. Charlton joins from his current position as senior lecturer in finance at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also associate director of The Hicks Muse Tate & Furst Center for Private Equity Finance.


Cooley LLP — Michael Faber has joined as a partner in the firm’s tax practice. Faber, who will be based in Cooley’s New York office, joins the law firm from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he focused his practice on mergers and acquisitions, as well as general corporate and partnership tax matters.


Covington & Burling LLP — The law firm hired former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl for its global public policy and government affairs practice. Kyl, who spent 26 years in Congress, comes to Covington & Burling just months after the firm tapped Dan Bryant, former senior vice president of global public policy and government affairs at PepsiCo Inc. (NYSE: PEP) to oversee the growth of its public policy practice in Washington D.C. and Brussels, Belgium.


GCA Savvian — Sean Minnihan was hired to lead the firm’s global financial technology practice. Minnihan has advised and raised capital for various global financial technology companies, most recently, Total System Services Inc. on its $1.4 billion acquisition of NetSpend Holdings Inc. on Feb. 19. Minnihan will be based in New York.


Griffin Capital Corp. — The real estate investment firm named Dustin Zachmeyer (pictured) as vice president, due diligence. He will focus on coordinating due diligence for various investment products. Previously he served as director of product sales and services at Berthel Fisher & Company.


Goldman Sachs & Co. — Kate Richdale joined as a partner from Morgan Stanley, where she was head of Asia-Pacific investment banking. At Goldman, Richdale is expected to grow the bank’s client relationships in the Asia-Pacific region, with the exception of Japan. A 13-year veteran at Morgan, Richdale had been chief executive of Southeast Asia and a managing director since 2003.


Jones Day — Sumesh Sawhney has joined the law firm’s M&A practice in London as a partner. He was previously with Clifford Chance LLP, where he was co-head of its India corporate practice.


K&L Gates LLP — The law firm has announced two new hires: corporate and securities partner David Johnson and commercial disputes partner Samuel Ngo. Both attorneys are set to join the firm’s Hong Kong office. Johnson arrives at K&L Gates from Allen & Overy LLP, while Ngo joins from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.


Linsalata Capital Partners — The Cleveland-based private equity firm announced two promotions: Michael Faremouth and Murad Beg. Faremouth has been made a managing director and Beg is now a principal. Faremouth, who joined the firm in 2005, serves as chairman of Stag Parkway Holding Co. He is also a director of Harden Manufacturing Corp in Haleyville, Ala., Hospitality Mints Holding Co. in Boone, N.C., and Transpac Holding Co. in Rowlett, Texas. Prior to joining Linsalata, Faremouth spent two years with a subsidiary of Danaher Corp. He began his career at Ernst & Young where he spent six years. Beg serves as a director of Whitcraft Holdings and is a member of Eatem Foods Co.'s oversight team. Prior to joining Linsalata in 2008, Beg was at two other law firms: Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP, where he went on to co-head the M&A practice, and Cummings & Lockwood LLC.


Lloyds Banking Group plc —The bank brought in John Feeney as a managing director and head of corporate real estate for its Australian treasury and financial markets business. Previously, Feeney was with Henderson Global Investors.

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