Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC The New York advisory and professional services firm has added Joseph Coote and Mike Darland as managing director and senior director, respectively. Both hires will be based in Boston. Coote, previously a senior vice president and global practice leader at Hitachi Consulting Corp., was also a managing director and global leader of Arthur D. Little Inc.'s energy and chemical practice. Darland was previously a director with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd., where he has worked since 2005. Before that, he worked at Polaroid, where he was a director of manufacturing operations.

BakerHostetler — Carl Hittinger has joined as a partner in the law firm’s Philadelphia headquarters. Hittinger arrives from the Philadelphia office of DLA Piper, where he was co-chair of the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation group. Separately, the firm added PoeLeggette as a partner in Denver. Previously, Poe served as assistant solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior, advising the Bureau of Land Management and the Minerals Management Service on their onshore and offshore energy programs.

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) The New York-based investment bank announced that former chief compliance officer Kevin Thurm was named a senior counselor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since joining Citi in 2001, Thurm has also served as chief administrative officer of consumer banking for North America and deputy general counsel. Thurm was deputy secretary of HHS from 1996 to 2001. From January 1993, he was HHS chief of staff. During 1992, Thurm worked on the presidential campaign of Bill Clinton. From 1989 to 1991, he was an associate with New York law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.

Evercore Partners Inc. (NYSE: EVR) Rodney Reid is slated to join the investment bank’s private capital advisory business as a managing director in November. Reid initially will be based in the firm's London office and later will relocate to Evercore's New York headquarters. Reid was most recently an executive director and head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa Secondary Advisory at UBS AG in London. Prior to that, he was a member of UBS’s private funds group focused on secondary transactions, which is based in New York. Before joining UBS, Reid worked at Cerberus Capital Management, also in New York.

GI Partners The San Franciscoprivate equity firm tapped Roy Kelvin to be chief financial officer.  Prior to joining GI Partners, Kelvin served as the CFO of technology M&A advisory firm Vector Capital, also in San Francisco. Prior to that, he served as CFO of New York-based private equity firm Zephyr Management.

Grant Thornton LLP Ilieva Ageenko (pictured) joined the accounting and advisory firm as a managing director. She will oversee the firm's risk management practice, based in Charlotte, N.C. Most recently, Ageenko was a senior vice president and quantitative risk executive at Bank of America Corp., where she led the enterprise quantitative risk technology organization. She also worked at Wells Fargo & Co. and Wachovia Bank.

KPMG LLP — Lisa Madden has been named national operations leader for  the New York advisory firm's tax practice. She succeeds Rodney Lawrence, who was recently named global head of international tax. Prior to her new role, Madden oversaw the M&A tax practice, which will now be led by Phil Cioffi.

Locke Lord LLP The law firm named litigators Regina McClendon in San Francisco and Stephen Tuggy in Los Angeles as partners. McClendon, who joined Locke Lord three years ago as senior counsel, focuses on financial institution litigation, and business and commercial litigation. Tuggy, who has been of counsel in the firm's Los Angeles office for more than five years, defends consumer class actions in antitrust, insurance and false advertising cases.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP The Roseland, New Jersey-based law firm has opened a new office in Washington, D.C. Joining the new location are  four lawyers from Dickstein Shapiro LLP. They include Courtney Alvarez, Andrew Reidy, Joseph Saka and Cathy Serafin. The team is  expected to enhance the firm's antitrust, investment management, commercial and insurance litigation practices. Lowenstein Sandler also added Michael McGaughey, another Dickstein attorney, to  the firm's Los Angeles office.

MB Financial Inc. (Nasdaq: MBFI)The Chicago-based holding company of MB Financial Bank NA has completed its acquisition of Taylor Capital Group Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Separately, portfolio company Cole Taylor Bank has been merged into MB Financial Bank. Mark Hoppe remains CEO of MB Financial.

Paul Hastings LLP  Philip Stamatakos has jumped over to the Chicago office of Paul Hastings as a partner from Jones Day. Some of Stamatakos recent transactions include the $43.1 billion hostile takeover defense of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan; Saputo's $1.45 billion acquisition of Morningstar Foods from Dean Foods; and the sale of Viking Group to Minimax in a complex multi-country transaction that created a $1.5 billion company. Stamatakos’ arrival the addition of another Chicago partner, Eric Sussman, a former federal prosecutor who specializes in the life science sector.

Platte River Equity — The Denver private equity firm has established a partnership with several midstream energy industry executives to form new portfolio company First River Energy LLC. Jim Imbler, Chris Philpott and Johan Thematt are the co-founders of First River and will oversee the company's operations, which include buying crude oil and assets related to gathering natural gas liquids.  Collectively, Imbler, Philpott and Thematt have helped close more than $1 billion worth of transactions in the energy sector.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC — Benjamin Hoch has become a partner at the New York law firm. Hoch, who began his legal career in 1988 at Dewey Ballantine LLP, was most recently chairman of the bankruptcy and corporate restructuring practice at Covington & Burling LLP, where he spent eight years as a partner.

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