Financial services law firm Cooley LLP has made several additions to its team:

Jon Avina was hired by Cooley as a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto, California office. Avina, who previously served as partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, advises clients on IPOs and other corporate transactions.

Calise Cheng has also joined Cooley as a partner in the Palo Alto office. Cheng comes to Cooley from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she was a partner. She represents enterprise software, health and wellness, internet and energy businesses.

Rachel Proffitt has joined Cooley as a partner in its San Francisco office. She leaves Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she was a partner. Proffitt advises clients in a variety of sectors, including enterprise software, health and wellness, internet, and energy.

Russell Cassella has joined middle-market private equity firm Revelstoke Capital Partners in Denver as a partner. Previously a partner at investment firm GCM Grosvenor, Cassella holds transaction sourcing and deal execution experience.

International law firm Covington & Burling LLP has promoted several new partners:

Bradley Chernin has been promoted from associate to partner at Covington’s San Francisco office. Chernin advises companies on M&A transactions, venture capital investments, joint ventures and general corporate matters.

Christopher DeCresce was promoted from counsel to partner in Covington’s New York office. DeCresce’s practice focuses on capital market transactions, ranging mergers and acquisitions to public and private offerings.

Sam Pyun has been promoted from counsel to partner at Covington’s Seoul, South Korea, office. Pyun advises clients on cross-border financings and acquisitions in the energy, resources and infrastructure sectors.

Kyle Rabe was promoted from associate to partner at Covington’s New York office. Rabe’s previous experience includes representing clients on M&A, takeover defenses and sports media transactions.

Ansgar Simon has also been promoted from counsel to partner at Covington in the firm’s New York office. Simon’s tax practice advises on restructurings, M&A, recapitalizations, divestitures and spin-offs.

Andrew Cialino was hired by Rye, New York-based private equity firm SFW Capital Partners as vice president. Most recently head of sales at Axial, Cialino will oversee SFW Capital’s deal origination efforts.

Middle-market private equity firm Peak Rock Capital LLC has made several new hires in its Austin, Texas office:

Sean Colligan has joined Peak Rock Capital as a principal. Most recently a director at Z Capital Credit Partners, Colligan joins with experience analyzing middle-market investment opportunities.

Ralph DeBernardo was hired by Peak Rock Capital as a principal. DeBarndo, who most recently served as vice president at Vista Equity Partners, will head up investor relations in his new role.

Yunus Jaffrey has joined Peak Rock Capital as a vice president. Most recently a vice president at H.I.G. Whitehorse Capital, Jaffery brings experience leading syndicated debt investments across multiple industries.

Toby Stoops was hired by Peak Rock Capital as senior vice president of business development. Stoops joins Peak Rock Capital from Z Capital Partners as a director focusing on middle-market debt investments.

Preston Thomas has also joined Peak Rock Capital as a vice president. Previously a vice president at H.I.G. Capital, Thomas joins Peak Rock Capital with middle-market debt and equity investment experience.

Brendan Wolf has joined Peak Rock Capital as an associate. Wolf, previously an analyst at Houlihan Lokey, joins with professional experience focused on M&A, financial restructurings and capital raises.

Law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP has welcomed two new partners:

Anand Damodaran has joined Kirkland & Ellis as a partner in the law firm’s London-based investment funds group. Previously a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, Damodaran advises clients on credit and private equity funds.

David King was hired by Kirkland & Ellis as a partner in its San Francisco office. He comes from the Carlyle Group LP (Nasdaq: CG), where, as a principal, King has represented funds across the real estate, energy, infrastructure and power industries.

Investment banking firm Raymond James Financial Inc. (NYSE: RJF) has brought on several new hires, in addition to opening a new office in London:

Cory Daugard has joined Raymond James as a managing director in the firm’s energy investment banking practice. Previously the head of oilfield services at Houlihan Lokey Inc. (NYSE: HLI), Daugard has more than 23 years of experience in corporate finance and investment banking.

Dominic Emery has joined Raymond James as a managing director for private equity M&A advisory in the firm’s new London office. Emery joins the investment firm from Investec, where he led the technology investment banking team.

Joel Greenwood was also hired by Raymond James as a managing director in London. Greenwood comes from Deloitte LLP, where as a partner he had more than 15 years of M&A advisory experience.

Geoffrey Richards has joined Raymond James as a managing director based out of New York. Previously, Richards served as head of Canaccord Genuity Inc.’s North American debt finance and restructuring division.

Stuart Sparkes has also joined Raymond James as a managing director in London. Sparkes holds more than 15 years of experience in the M&A advisory market and was most recently with Deloitte LLP.

Michelle Eidson was hired by the Chicago-based private equity firm Shorehill Capital LLC as a managing director. Recently a vice president at Platte River Equity, Eidson is responsible for Shorehill’s business development and investment sourcing initiatives.

Erik Falk has joined New York-based asset management firm Star Mountain Capital LLC as a senior adviser. Previously the head of private credit at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Falk will provide asset management and credit market expertise to Star Mountain CEO Brett Hickey.

U.S. law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has expanded its Salt Lake City, Utah-based practice with several new additions:

Jennifer Falk was hired by Michael Best & Friedrich as a partner. Falk joins the firm’s litigation practice group from Kruse Landa Maycock & Ricks LLC (KLMR).

James Kruse has joined Michael Best & Friedrich as a partner in the firm’s corporate and transactions practice group. Kruse joins from KLMR, where he was a partner. He has more than 40 years of experience in securities law, corporate acquisitions and reorganizations.

Ellen Maycock was hired by Michael Best & Friedrich as a partner in its Salt Lake City office. Maycock brings more than four decades of commercial litigation and family law experience from KLMR, where she was a partner.

Lyndon Ricks was hired by Michael Best & Friedrich as a partner. Previously, Ricks was a partner at KLMR and has more than 30 years of advisory experience on acquisitions and divestitures.

Kevin Timken has also joined Michael Best & Friedrich’s office in Salt Lake City office as a partner. Previously an attorney at KLMR, Timken has experience in advising public and private companies on equity financings, securities matters and commercial transactions.

John Felix has joined San Francisco-based investment firm White Oak Global Advisors LLC as a managing director. Previously, he founded Consortium Finance, which specializes in middle-market investments.

David Gershon has taken on the role of partner at law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in San Francisco. Gershon, previously a partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP, advises clients on M&A and corporate governance matters.

Dev Gopalan was named CEO of the San Francisco-based credit advisory firm Angel Island Capital. Most recently at KKR, as the head of its U.S. private credit division, Gopalan was also the principal for private debt at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Patricia Grad was hired by middle-market private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners as senior managing director. Previously a director at Actis, Grad leads Arsenal’s investor relations efforts in her current role.

Peter Harwich was hired by law firm Latham & Watkins LLP as a New York-based partner in the firm’s M&A practice. Harwich joins from Allen & Overy, where as a partner he advised clients on joint ventures and spin-offs.

James Hickey has joined Irvine, California-based executive search firm McDermott & Bull as senior managing director. Previously the national managing partner of private equity services at Tatum, Hickey has more than 20 years of experience working in M&A, IPO and SEC compliance.

Joe Juliano was hired by Summit Partners as a member of the growth equity investment firm’s executive-in-residence program. Previously the CEO of software-as-a-service technology provider IQNavigator, Juliano will work with Summit’s technology team to identify new investment opportunities.

Robert Kadlec has joined law firm Duane Morris LLP’s Los Angeles office as a partner. Previously a partner at Sidley Austin LLP, Kadlec has more than 25 years of experience counseling clients on M&A and corporate financing matters.

Regulatory and compliance law firm McDermott Will & Emery has welcomed two new partners:

Anh Lee has joined McDermott Will & Emery as a partner in its Chicago office. Previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Lee advises public and private companies on secured and unsecured financings, leveraged buyouts and credit facilities.

Michael McStay has also joined McDermott Will & Emery as a partner in Chicago. Most recently an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP, McStay advises clients on leveraged buyouts, equity restructurings and M&A transactions.

Wes Lucas was hired by San Francisco private equity firm Gryphon Investors as a partner. Previously the CEO of Sirva Inc. (Nasdaq: SRVA) and Sun Chemical, Lucas will co-lead Gryphon’s industrial growth group.

John McAcvoy has joined New York-based Blueprint Capital Advisors LLC as a partner. Previously the president of Asset Management Finance, McAvoy has more than 30 years of experience in various roles involving equity and debt capital markets.

Anish Mehta was named CEO of CVC Capital Partner’s recently acquired international women’s health assets business. Mehta joins with M&A and complex carve out experience, most recently as Allergan Plc’s head of international business development.

William Patterson has joined Dallas-based investment banking firm Commerce Street capital LLC as a managing director. Previously a vice president at UMB Bank, Patterson will now focus on bank capital and business development in the southeastern U.S.

Frederick Pilorget has joined Ogier as a managing associate based in Luxembourg, Paris. Previously a senior associate at Stibbe Luxembourg, Pilorget advises corporate clients on joint ventures, restructurings and M&A transactions.

Chris Puscasiu has joined middle-market buyout firm Presidio Investors as co-managing partner. Based in San Francisco, Puscasiu previously served as the co-head of direct private equity at Canada’s second largest pension fund, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec.

Paul Rubin has taken on the role of partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP’s Washington, DC office. Previously a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP, Rubin conducts due diligence for private equity funds and strategic acquirers in corporate transactions.

Michelle Seitz was hired as CEO of Seattle-based Russel Investments, where she will also serve on the board of directors. She succeeds outgoing director Len Brennan, effective January 1, 2018.Previously Seitz was president of William Blair Investment Management.

Craig White has joined Eaton Partners LLC as a managing director based in Rowayton, Connecticut. Most recently a relationship manager at Probitas Partners, White is responsible for the distribution of the firm’s private equity, real estate and real assets offerings.

Helene Willberg was hired by Alvarez & Marsal as a managing director to be based in Stockholm, Sweden. Formerly the CEO at KMPG LLP in Sweden, Willberg advises clients on M&A and IPOs.

Michael Wolf has rejoined Jenner & Block LLP as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Most recently global chief counsel for corporate at Aon plc, Wolf advises clients on M&A, joint ventures and commercial contracting matters.

Dev Gopalan
Angel Island Capital
Kamaron Leach

Kamaron Leach

Kamaron Leach joined SourceMedia in 2016, serving as Reporter of Mergers & Acquisitions. Kamaron writes the Finance Finesse column about investment banking and lending, and also covers the media and entertainment sector.