Accordion Partners — The New York based private equity consulting firm appointed Suneel Kaji as managing director and Srin Subra as vice president. Kaji, who will focus on developing new relationships with private equity firms, was a senior portfolio manager of private investments at the Rohatyn Group/TRG Management LP. Before that, he held leadership positions at GEM Group, Crown Capital Group, DLJ and Salomon Brothers. Subra will lead project teams with the goal of driving value for Accordion’s clients. Previously, he was a vice president at IQor, a $400 million business-services portfolio company of private equity firm Guggenheim Partners. He also held positions at Soros Fund Management and Bear Stearns.
Crowell & Moring LLP — Samuel Feigin has joined the Washington, D.C., law firm as a partner. Specializing in technology, life sciences, consumer goods, media and telecommunications, Feigin is expected to spearhead the continued growth of Crowell & Moring's corporate group. Feigin joins from Nixon Peabody LLP, where he was chair of the firm's Israel business, a member of the life sciences committee and deputy chair of the business and finance department.
KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) — The Cleveland-based financial services firm tapped Mark Fisher (pictured) as a managing director for the corporate and investment banking arm, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc. As part of KeyBanc's public finance group, Fisher will oversee business development in Ohio and Michigan. He jumps to KeyBanc from the public finance group at Stifel Nicolaus where he focused on structuring debt transactions for large local government and State of Ohio issuers, as well as higher education and other non-profit issuers. Before that, he held a similar role as managing director in public finance at A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP — The New York law firm added Andrew Calder, formerly a partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Houston office. Calder joins as a partner in the firm’s new Houston office. Calder, who specializes in M&A in the energy sector, has advised various private equity funds, such as Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) and KKR & Co. LP (NYSE: KKR), in addition to strategic companies, including Arch Coal Inc. (NYSE: ACI), BHP Billiton -owned Petrohawk Energy Corp. and PPL Corp. (NYSE: PPL).
Latham & Watkins LLP — The law firm hired Samuel Isaacson as a partner. Previously a partner at DLA Piper, Isaacson joins Latham’s Chicago office where he will focuses on high-stakes, complex commercial litigation, including securities-related litigation, regulatory investigations, internal investigations and consumer class actions.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP — Michael Garcia arrives at the New York law firm as special counsel in the firm’s global securities practice. Arriving from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in London, Garcia advises leading financial institutions and investment banks, private equity firms and corporate issuers on matters including debt and equity offerings, M&A transactions, commercial financings, leveraged buyouts and IPOs. His move to Milbank was announced shortly after corporate finance partner Eric Reimer came aboard in Los Angeles.
Wells Fargo & Co.— Jonathan Weiss has been named the new head of Wells Fargo's New York securities unit. He reports to Tim Sloan, who was recently named the new leader of wholesale banking at Wells. Weiss was most recently co-head of investment banking and capital markets along with Robert Engel, who is based in Charlotte, N.C., and will continue to lead the unit. Weiss joined Wells predecessor Wachovia in 2005 and became co-head of investment banking and capital markets in 2008. Before joining Wachovia he was with JPMorgan & Co. (NYSE: JPM) for 25 years, leading the global financial sponsor business from 2000 to 2005. He served as chief executive of Chase Manhattan Asia for three years in Hong Kong and was the head of investment banking for Asia Pacific. He led the retail industries group at Chemical Bank from 1992 to 1996 after serving as a senior partner in the loan syndications and acquisition finance groups. Wells Fargo Securities focuses on public debt, equity origination and distribution, commodity and equity risk hedging, mergers, acquisitions, structured lending facilities and bond origination. Weiss replaces John Shrewsberry, who was recently named as Wells Fargo chief financial officer.