AlpInvest Partners — The New York private equity fund of funds named Justine Gordon as managing director. In this position, Gordon will focus on secondary and co-investment opportunities in both the energy and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining AlpInvest, Gordon has held a number of leadership positions in various firms, including managing director at Guggenheim Infrastructure; co-head of acquisitions at Deutsche Asset Management; and principal at Chartwell Investments.
Altamont Capital Partners — The San Francisco-based private equity firm recruited Dave Odenath as an operating partner focused on sourcing deals in the financial services sector. Most recently, he was a senior executive vice president at Baltimore-based investment firm Legg Mason Inc. Prior to Legg Mason, Odenath was president of Shelton, Connecticut-based firm Prudential Annuities, during which time he led the acquisition of several annuity businesses.
America's Growth Capital LLC — The New York investment bank, which does business as AGC, hired Linda Gridley (pictured, right) as co-head of digital media. Gridley, a 25-year banking veteran, has been focusing on technology transactions for the past 13 years as CEO of her own boutique i-bank, Gridley and Co. LLC. Gridley’s clients have included OrderMotion, an order management company, on its sale to NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) in May. Previous clients include GSI Commerce Inc., whom the firm advised on five acquisitions before it accepted eBay Inc.'s $2.4 billion bid in 2011. Gridley is also known for organizing conferences, including the Annual Marketing, Internet, Financial Technology, Outsourcing Services Conference. Past positions include managing director of ABN Amro's U.S. media client services group. Gridley & Co. will merge with AGC, Gridley tells Mergers & Acquisitions.
BakerHostetler — Laura McMahon came aboard the Houston law firm as a partner handling corporate clients in the energy sector. She comes to BakerHostetler from Norton Rose Fulbright, where she co-chaired the Latin America practice group. In the past six years, she has facilitated more than $8.8 billion in combined gross proceeds in both debt and equity offerings, as well as transactions totaling more than $3.2 billion in value.
The Carlyle Group (Nasdaq: CG) -- Michael Hart has joined the New York-based global alternative-asset manager as president of Carlyle GMS Finance, Inc., a business development company targeting middle-market investing, as well as its affiliated investment vehicle, NF Investment Corp. Hart joins Carlyle from Blackrock Solutions, where he was co-head of the U.S. advisory practice within the financial markets advisory group.
CenterOak Partners LLC — The financial sponsor is a new private equity firm led by Randall Fojtasek. It is based in Dallas. Fojtasek is the co-founder and co-CEO of Brazos Private Equity Partners LLC. Dallas-based Brazos manages about $1.4 billion in capital and focuses on investments in middle-market consumer, health care, commercial and business services companies, including insurance claims-management provider Healthcare Solutions Inc.; men’s clothing retailer Southern Tide; and wax treatment services company European Wax Center. Joining Fojtasek at CenterOak are Brazos former senior executives Lucas Cutler, William Henry, Michael Salim and Jason Sutherland. CenterOak expects to invest up to $70 million in middle-market companies.
Filtec Backed by SFW Capital Partners, the provider of automated inspection systems for the beverage industry has named David Storey to success Steve Calhoun as CEO. Previously, Storey was a senior executive with beverage dispense business Cornelius (formerly part of the UK based IMI plc.). More recently, Storey served as CEO of retail fixture business Royston. Calhoun will continue as a board member. In 2013, SFW invested in Filtec, which counts Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), PepsiCo. Inc. (NYSE: PEP), SABMiller plc and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (NYSE: BUD) among its clients.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP — Stuart Graiwer has joined the firm’s Los Angeles headquarters as a partner. Graiwer, formerly with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, will continue practicing commercial real estate, with an emphasis on institutional investing and private equity. He recently represented the Golden State Warriors in its acquisition of property to develop an arena in San Francisco.
Golenbock Eiseman Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP — The New York law firm has hired Marc Rosenberg as a partner. Rosenberg, a bankruptcy specialist, will work within Golenbock's bankruptcy, reorganization and creditors’ rights practice group. He joins from Kaye Scholer LLP, where he was partner in the firm’s restructuring department.
Hogan Lovells — The London and Washington, D.C.-based law firm brought in Steven Tran as a partner based in Hong Kong. Tran, who specializes in cross-border transactions across the Asia-Pacific region, joins Hogan Lovells from Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Porter Hedges LLP — James Reardon has joined the Houston law firm as a partner. He will work within the tax section of Porter Hedges’ corporate practice group, advising corporations that are overseas on how to ink deals in the U.S.
TA Associates — The Boston private equity firm is growing in India. Naresh Patwari has joined TA’s Mumbai office as a director. He is expected to help source investment opportunities in India and other emerging markets. He jumps to TA from ICICI Venture, the private equity arm of ICICI Bank Ltd. where he served as a principal. Before that, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. where he advised on M&A and other strategic planning initiatives. He began his career as an engineer at Schlumberger Ltd.
Ultegra Financial Partners — The Denver lender tapped Samantha Sanchez as vice president of business development. She joins Ultegra from Vectra Bank Colorado, a commercial bank that offers personal and business advisory services. At Ultegra, Sanchez will oversee all aspects of business development and assist the firm in sourcing more deal opportunities.
--Additional reporting by Mary Kathleen Flynn