Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE: EVR) — The New York investment bank brought in Scott Kamran as a senior managing director in the technology group. Kamran will be based in Evercore's San Francisco office. Kamran was most recently a managing director and co-head of global software investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. (NYSE: BAC).

Fox Rothschild LLP — Raymond Lyons, retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey, joins the Philadelphia law firm as counsel. At Fox, Lyons will assist clients in Chapter 11 mediation and alternative dispute resolution out of the firm’s Princeton, N.J. office. Among his most well-known bankruptcy cases is the Chapter 11 filing of Washington Mutual Inc. The mediation led to a bankruptcy exit plan valued at $7 billion and spawned mediation with additional groups of claimants. For more coverage on Lyons and Washington Mutual, see “WaMu Could Reach Deal on Exit Plan Dispute."

JMI Equity — The Baltimore-based growth equity firm has promoted six executives: Melissa Caslin (pictured), to vice president; Charles Dieveney, to chief operating officer; Matt Emery, to principal; David Greenberg, to principal; Randy Guttman, to chief financial officer; and Krishna Potarazu to vice president. JMI specializes in deals within the software, business services and healthcare technology sectors.

Lincoln International LLC — The Chicago-based investment bank has expanded its presence in Brazil through the acquisition of the financial advisory division of Stratus Group in Sao Paulo. Stratus will continue to operate its private equity unit. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal will allow Lincoln’s clients to benefit from increased global services, says the bank. Lincoln opened an office in Sao Paulo in September. The office will now have 10 investment bankers, increased from three. Robert Aldworth, a director at Stratus, will become a director at Lincoln. Lincoln, which has about 300 investment bankers globally, also has offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Frankfurt, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Vienna. For more, see “Lincoln International Acquires Advisory Unit, Expands in Brazil.”

Madison Capital Funding LLC — The Chicago-based lender appointed Jeffrey Scott (pictured) as head of West Coast origination. Scott, who was previously a managing director of private equity firm Cerberus Capital, will be responsible for overseeing business development and client relations in the region. Scott will work out of the firm’s Chicago office. Before Cerberus, he was with Dymas Capital Management and Antares Capital Management. Madison Capital also promoted Andrew Bucolo chief underwriting officer. Bucolo, who has been with the firm since 2001, is responsible for the firm’s underwriting activities. For more coverage on Madison Capital, see our M&A Mid-Market Awards in which the firm was named Lender of the Year.

Optivest Inc. —  Paul Donnelly (pictured) has joined the investment management firm's new financial advisory unit, Optivest Investment Banking, as senior managing director. Before jumping to Optivest, Donnelly was a managing director with B. Riley & Co., which merged in 2003 with his previous firm, L.H. Friend Weinress Frankson & Presson, an Irvine, Calif.-based investment bank.

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP — Andrew Thorpe has jumped from San Francisco-based law firm Morrison & Foerster to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe as a partner. Before Morrison & Foerster, Thorpe served with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for roughly six years as special counsel in the corporation finance division. Thorpe will work out of Orrick's San Francisco office.

Paul Hastings LLP — The New York law firm hired Jimmy Vallee (pictured) as a partner. Based in Houston, Vallee specializes in energy M&A. Previously at Jones Day, Vallee’s most recent deals include advising OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE) in the company’s $11 billion joint venture with CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP). Vallee also worked with Jefferies LLC in connection with its advising the $5 billion merger between Copano Energy LLC (Nasdaq: CPNO) and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE: KMP).

Riveron Consulting — The Houston due diligence firm hired David Dollinger as director. He joins Riveron with nearly a decade of experience as a financial analyst. At Riveron, Dollinger is responsible for business development initiatives and expanding Riveron's presence in the marketplace.

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