Cowen Group Inc. (Nasdaq: COWN) — The New York investment bank formed a real estate investment banking group. As part of the announcement, Cowen has also appointed Conrad Vlak as managing director. Vlak, an 18-year banking veteran specializing in real estate, was previously with Oppenheimer & Co., where he was a managing director and head of the real estate investment banking group. Before that, he co-founded boutique investment bank McNicoll Lewis & Vlak. Over the years, he has held positions at several other firms, including CIT Group, Icahn Associates Corp., Greenstreet Capital Partners and Rothschild Realty Inc.


GI Partners — The Menlo Park, California private equity firm tapped Travis Pearson to be a managing director. Pearson will oversee operational initiatives and source deals. Pearson joins GI after 15 years at Bain & Co., where he specialized in several sectors, namely consumer goods and retail, as well as technology, media and telecommunications.


Linsalata Capital Partners — The Cleveland private equity firm called up John Studdard Jr. to managing director and Michael Moran to principal. Studdard, who joined the firm in 2004, previously spent five years with Deloitte Consulting, also in Cleveland, where he became manager in the strategy and operations practice. From there, he went on to work at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Before joining Linsalata in 2008, Moran clocked in 10 years of investment banking experience at various firms, including Carleton McCreary Holmes & Co.  and KeyBanc Capital Markets, where he was a director. Both Studdard and Moran are directors at Cypress, California-based Manhattan Beachwear Inc.


Numet Manufacturing Techniques Inc. — The private equity-backed  manufacturer of precision metal components and assemblies for jet turbine engines promoted original owner Mark Roscio to president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.  Roscio previously held the title of senior vice president of sales and marketing. Numet was purchased by financial sponsor Kidd & Co. LLC in August 2011.  Prior to Numet, Roscio held various positions at aerospace companies, including Pratt & Whitney Canada International Inc. and Electro Methods. Separately, Scott Kokosa was promoted to chief financial officer.  Kokosa joined the Orange, Connecticut-based company in 2013 as vice president of finance.  Kokosa also has more than 15 years of finance and operations experience and across a variety of manufacturing and service industries.


SunTrust Robinson Humphrey — The Atlanta banking company has established a new corporate office in Boston with Greg Badger (pictured) at the helm. So far, SunTrust has offices in Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco and Charlotte, North Carolina. Badger, previously with Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC), has been tapped as group head of the Northeast corporate banking team.


SV Life Sciences — The London investment firm has appointed Dan Burgess, Ed Mascioli and Michael Mendelsohn as venture partners. All three hires will help source deals involving medicine, technology and diagnostics. Prior to joining SVLS, Burgess founded antibiotic company Rempex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in 2011, and later sold it to The Medicines Co. in 2013. Mascioli was the co-founder of Canadian company Affinium Pharmaceuticals, which was sold to Debiopharm Group, a Swiss-based global biopharmaceutical company that develops prescription drugs, for an undisclosed price in February. Mendelsohn served previously as senior vice president in the research lab of Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK).


Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP — Reena Gogna has jumped to the New York law firm as a partner in the banking & finance practice. Gogna was most recently a partner at Latham & Watkins LLP. She has handled legal matters for both lenders and private equity firms on a variety of transactions, namely in bank and bond structures. Weil has roughly 40 lawyers in its finance practice in London, where Gogna will be based.


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati—The Palo Alto, California law firm  hired Ira Palgon as a partner. Formerly with Covington & Burling, Palgon will work within the firm's energy and infrastructure finance practice in New York. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati specializes in the life sciences sector.

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