BDA Partners — Howard Lee has joined the investment bank as head of BDA Seoul, overseeing BDA's growth in South Korea. Before joining BDA, Lee led the M&A division at Korean investment bank Samsung Securities for four years. Past clients include the Carlyle Group LP (Nasdaq: CG), CVC Capital Partners Ltd., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), Korea Telecom, Standard Chartered (LON: STAN) and Visteon Corp. (NYSE: VC). Between 2004 and 2011, he advised on M&A deals for Macquarie Securities, also in Seoul.

Blackhill Partners LLC — The Dallas investment bank has promoted Lance Gurley to director and Joel Brown to vice president. Prior to joining Blackhill, Gurley was a senior vice president with consulting firm Butler Snow Advisors, a subsidiary of Butler Snow LLP, while Brown was vice president of research and data strategies at Goldman Sachs in London.

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