George Abd was hired by Maryland Heights, Missouri-based Spartech LLC, a portfolio company of Arsenal Capital Partners, as CEO. Abd joins the packaging company as the former president and chief executive of Genstar Capital-backed Pretium Packaging.

Scott Bartel was hired by Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP as a partner in the law firm’s Sacramento and San Francisco offices. Joining most recently from Locke Lord LLP, Bartel’s experience includes advising on M&A, divestitures and corporate finance.

Stephanie Berdik has joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner in Boston. Previously a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, Berdik advises private investment fund sponsors on capital raising, fund regulatory and compliance matters.

Meredith Beuchaw, previously a partner at Greenberg Traurig, has joined Cooley LLP as partner in the firm’s global M&A practice. Based in New York, Beuchaw advises a variety of technology clients.

Benjamin Brigeman was appointed to the strategic advisory board of San Francisco-based Genstar Capital. Formerly an EVP for Charles Schwab Corp. (NYSE: SCHW), Brigeman advises Genstar on financial services focused on wealth management, financial technology, and outsourced services to investment managers.

Rob Carlson was hired by Sidley Austin LLP as an M&A partner based in Palo Alto, California. Carlson, a former partner at Paul Hastings LLP, advises corporations on M&A, public and joint ventures.

Hamilton Crawford, a former Oppenheimer & Co. managing director, was hired by Duff & Phelps in the same role. Crawford joins with private equity and M&A advisory experience.

Jeremy Davis has joined McGuireWoods London LLP as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice. Previously at K&L gates, Davis joins with cross-border M&A experience involving U.S. investments in Europe.

Ryan Daws has joined Baird Global Investment Banking as a managing director based in Boston. Daws previously served as CFO at Concert Pharmaceuticals, where he focused on the company’s finance, business development and investor relations efforts.

Ryan Deegan was hired by middle-market investment bank Quarton International as a partner heading up the debt advisory group in North America. Joining most recently from Monroe Capital, Deegan has experience of originating, advising and executing more than $24.5 billion of debt and equity transactions for his clients.

Campbell Dyer has been promoted from managing director to co-head of the global technology, media and telecommunications team at the Carlyle Group (Nasdaq: CG). Dyer is based in Washington, D.C. and previously worked as an investment professional at William Blair Capital Partners.

Todd Firestone has joined Detroit, Michigan-based Angle Advisors as a managing director. Firestone joins from Evercore Partners (NYSE: EVR) to help enhance the firm’s oil, gas, and energy-related M&A efforts.

Jacqui Hatfield was hired by Orrick LLP as a partner in the firm’s London-based tech companies group. Hatfield joins from Reed Smith LLP with more than two decades of regulatory experience in financial services and fintech.

Sean Hill has joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner in Boston. Joining previously from Proskauer Rose LLP, Hill represents investment managers in the formation of private investment funds and secondary transactions.

Michael Hirsch has joined investment bank JEGI as managing director based in Boston. Hirsch comes from his managing director post of nine years at Piper Jaffray (NYSE: JFC), and will now focus on M&A covering the Internet, digital media and related software sectors in his new role.

Christopher Hooper has rejoined San Francisco-based Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe as a general partner in the firm’s technology team. Hooper joins the firm with private equity experience at Golden Gate capital focusing on tech investments.

Anna Kovalkova was promoted from associate to partner at Pharos Capital Group LLC. Based in Nashville, Kovalkova oversees the firm’s portfolio companies and is responsible for leading the evaluation, due diligence and execution of investments.

Rory Larson was hired by McDermott Will & Emery as a partner based in Miami. Larson joins from Baker McKenzie and represents healthcare companies in private equity investments, corporate governance and M&A transactions.

Chuck Lowery has rejoined Alvarez and Marsal as a managing director in Houston. Lowery joins the firm's private equity performance improvement practice from his role as a managing director at BearingPoint.

Mark Lehmkuhler has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a partner in the firm’s M&A and private equity group. Lehmkuhler joins Orrick from Davis Polk and is based in the firm’s Hong Kong office.

Justine Mannering was hired as a managing director by Boston-based Alantra in the firm’s consumer goods and retail team. Mannering joins from BDA Partners and advises clients on buy-side, sell-side, debt and restructuring transactions.

Patrick McCarter has been promoted from managing director to co-head of the global technology, media and telecommunications team at the Carlyle Group (Nasdaq: CG). McCarter is based in Menlo Park, California and is involved with the firm’s investments in portfolio companies Veritas and CommScope.

Bill McLeod has joined Eaton Partners as a managing director from the firm’s parent company Stifel Financial Corp. (NYSE: SF). Based in San Francisco, McLeod has more than 25 years of capital markets and focuses on expanding Eaton Partners’ direct private capital raising efforts.

Christopher Moore was hired by Hogan Lovells LLP as a partner based in San Francisco, California. Moore joins from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP with M&A experience representing technology and life sciences companies.

Todd Owens has joined Broadhaven Capital Partners as a partner. Previously the CEO of Fifth Street Finance Corp., Owens has more than 20 years of experience advising on M&A transactions.

Scott Peterman has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as a partner based in Hong Kong. Joining the firm’s M&A and private equity practice, Peterman previously served as partner with Sidley Austin LLP and practiced at Kirkland & Ellis.

Alex Popov has joined the Carlyle Group (Nasdaq: CG) in New York as a managing director. Joining from HPS Investment Partners, Popov will lead the credit opportunities business within the firm’s global credit platform.

Scott Rafshoon was hired by Hunton & Williams LLP as a partner in the firm’s corporate finance and M&A practice. Rafshoon joins from Dentons and his practice advises on M&A, divestitures, joint ventures and corporate governance.

Ashley Rainwater was hired by private investment firm Comvest Partners as a director of investor relations. Joining most recently from Kohlberg & Co., Rainwater is responsible for capital raising and marketing campaigns, as well as investor relations activities.

Andrew Rippy has joined Baird Global Investment Banking as a managing director based in Portland, Oregon. Joining most recently from Pacific Crest Securities, Rippy focuses on information technology infrastructure, software, and the communication sectors.

Stuart Rogers was hired by Alston & Bird as a partner based in New York. Rogers joins from Credit Suisse as a managing director with 17 years of M&A transaction experience.

Jared Rusman has joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a tax partner in New York. Joining from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, Rusman focuses on M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and divestitures.

Jeffrey Salinger has joined New York-based DLA Piper as a partner. Salinger was previously with Shearman & Sterling LLP, and advises clients on environmental transactional matters including M&A and capital markets.

Deborah Seo was hired by Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP as a partner in the law firm’s Sacramento and San Francisco offices. Seo represents U.S. and international companies in a variety of financing matters, including: securities law compliance, M&A and general corporate matters. Seo joins most recently from Lock Lord LLP.

Daniel Serota has joined Sidley Austin LLP as an M&A partner in New York. Joining from Greenberg Traurig , Serota advises clients on M&A, stock and asset purchases, joint ventures and bankruptcies.

Eric Stiff has joined Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP as a partner in the law firm’s Sacramento and San Francisco offices. Joining most recently from Locke Lord LLP, Stiff’s experience includes advising on private and public corporate matters with an expertise in helping healthcare organizations.

Cary Verasco has joined Chicago-based NXT Capital as director of the northeast region in the firm’s corporate finance group. Most recently a SVP at Jefferies LLC, Verasco is now responsible for leading senior secured credit facilities for PE sponsors and middle-market companies.

Emily Waldorf has been appointed to Campbell Soup Co.’s (NYSE: CPB) leadership team. Waldorf continues to serve as vice president of corporate strategy at the company and helps direct enterprise strategy development. Waldorf is on Mergers & Acquisitions’ Most Influential Women In Mid-Market M&A list.

Philip Yau has joined Greenwich, Connecticut-based GI Partners as a managing director. Yau joins the firm with 24 years of investment banking experience, including 12 years at the UBS Private Funds Group.

John Yung was hired by Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP as a partner in the law firm’s Sacramento and San Francisco offices. Joining most recently from Locke Lord LLP, Bartel’s M&A experience includes advising Chinese companies seeking to access U.S. capital markets.

Cary Verasco
Cary Verasco NXT Capital

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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.