Altius Associates Ltd. – The London private equity firm has appointed Peter Pfister as partner and head of Asia-Pacific and Duncan Cox (pictured, right) as a special adviser to the firm’s infrastructure business.Pfister, who will be based in Singapore, will be responsible for business development and investment decisions across the region. Previously, Pfister was head of Asia-Pacific for Deutsche Bank AG’s (NYSE: DB) private equity business, where he spent seven years. Before that, he was a vice president of LGT Capital Partners in Switzerland. Duncan’s previous roles include chairman at Green Gas Americas, president and CEO of Canron Corp., CEO of Mitsui Babcock Energy Ltd. and president of Zum Energy Division.


Brentwood Associates – The Los Angeles private equity firm, which focuses on the consumer good sector, has hired Scott Staff (pictured, left) as a managing director, where he will focus on business development. Before Brentwood, Staff was global director of business development at law firm Perkins Coie, where he worked for nine years.


Capital A Partners – The venture and private equity fund announced Tanya Marvin-Horowitz (pictured, right) as a general partner. Previously, Horowitz held managing director positions at investment banks Allegiance Capital and Focus Acquisition Partners. Before that, she was an executive vice president of business development and marketing for TDG LLC, a family office. Capital A Partners, headquartered in Charleston, S.C., was launched in August.  Horowitz also formed Capital A Advisors, which will work with the fund as a New York-based M&A adviser for growth capital and buyout transactions.


Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) – New York private equity firm CD&R has appointed John Compton as an operating adviser. Compton spent 29 years at Pepsi Co. Inc. (NYSE: PEP), where he was appointed president in 2011. Compton’s Pepsi career started in 1983 at Frito-Lay, now a division of Pepsi.


Duff & Phelps Corp. – Advisory firm Duff & Phelps has promoted Jacob Silverman (pictured, left) to president and Robert Bartell to global investment banking leader. Before his promotion, Silverman was the New York firm’s global investment banking leader. As president, Silverman will assume oversight for all of the firm’s business units. Silverman joined Duff & Phelps in March 2004 and became head of investment banking in March 2011, after serving as chief financial officer for five years. Bartell has been at the firm since 1997, and before his promotion, served as co-head of the transaction opinions group in the Chicago office.


FRC – The investment management firm has hired Kathleen Power Dunlap as chief business strategy officer. In her new role, Dunlap is responsible for creating, communicating and executing FRC’s strategic business plan. She will also manage the company’s brand, intellectual capital and client relationship. Before the move, Dunlap was at Barclays Capital Solutions, where she worked as managing director and global head of Barclays’ institutional investors team, leading the team’s relationships with large pensions, endowments, foundations and sovereign wealth funds. Before her role at Barclays, Dunlap was at Epoch Investment Partners, an equity manager, and before that, was the chief marketing officer at a $3 billion Chicago-based hedge fund.


Harrison Street Real Estate Capital – The Chicago private equity firm has hired James Choi as an associate. Choi will focus on the firm’s open-end core fund, Harrison Street Core Property Fund LP. He will work on performance measurement, benchmarking and fulfilling investor information requests. Before Harrison, Choi was a manager with Investment Property Databank, where he focused on performance and risk analytics.


Madison Capital Funding LLC – The Chicago middle-market lending unit of New York Life Insurance Co. has named Hugh Wade (pictured, right) interim CEO. A co-founder of Madison Capital, Wade will leadthe executive committee. Before forming Madison, Wade spent 16 years at Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) and its predecessor, Continental Bank, including managing the middle-market financial sponsor group for Banc of America Securities LLC. Wade replaces Trevor Clark, a co-founder of the business who was terminated for “violating company policies pertaining to personal investments and personal business activities,” according to New York Life.


Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. – The New York investment bank has hired Denise Sinclair as a financial adviser in the private client division. Sinclair will be based in the firm’s New York office.

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