Abacus Finance Group LLC- The New York middle market lender promoted Sean McKeever to chief operating officer and Aized Rabbani to director. McKeever is in charge of the firm’s portfolio management, while Rabbani is responsible for executing new investments.
Adams Street Partners- The private equity firm named Ben Hart head of business development for Asia. Hart, who was most recently with PE firm Capital Dynamics, will be working out of Adams' Singapore office and will be responsible for growing the firm's presence across the Asian region.
Alston & Bird- The law firm named Scott Kitchens and William Snyder as partners in its M&A group. Kitchens represents private companies on M&A, joint ventures and corporate governance. Snyder concentrates on private equity, including leveraged buyouts and growth equity investments.
Armanino LLP- The accounting firm promoted nine executives to partners including: Michael Bossi; Chris Carlberg; Jason Gilbert; Timothy Guderian; Larry Hancock; David Hersch; Katerina Starkova; Ryan Teed; and Yu-Ting Wang.
Baker & McKenzie- Nick Marchica has joined the law firm as a partner in New York. He covers M&A in the Asian region. He was most recently with Allen & Overy LLP.
Carlyle Group- The New York private equity firm has announced dozens of promotions, including naming nine new partners: Neeraj Bharadwaj in Asia buyout; Stephen Guilelette in emerging markets; Daniel Harris, financial planning and analysis; Ian Jackson, distressed opportunities; Thomas Mayrhofer, fund management; Wouter Moerel, Alpinvest; Barabara Murphy, U.S. real estate; Matthew O'Connor, Power Partners; and Martin Sumner, U.S. buyout. The firm has also tapped Stephen Wise as head of global health care. Karen Bechtel, the group’s previous co-head, will remain with Carlyle (Nasdaq: CG) as a managing director. Wise has been with Carlyle since 2006, while Bechtel has been with the firm since 2005. Mergers & Acquisitions named Bechtel one of The Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.
Crayhill Capital- The alternative investment firm hired Tom Wickwire as a managing director. He was previously with Perella Weinberg Partners and also Carlyle Group. Wickwire will focus on structuring investment opportunities in the real estate and mortgage sectors.
CVC Capital Partners- The private equity firm hired Thomas Kichler (pictured) as head of industrials and energy. He was most recently with One Equity Partners. He has previously worked on deals that involved LBC Tank Terminals, Progress Rail, OCI, Columbian Chemicals, Sonneborn Refined Products, Polarcus, PeroxyChem and East Balt.
Cyprium Partners- The private equity firm promoted Nicholas Stone to principal. He is based in the firm's Chicago office. Stone has been with Cyprium since 2007, when it was formerly known as Key Principal Partners. Cyprium focuses on making minority investments with up to $60 million per transaction.
Golden Gate Capital- The middle market private equity firm hired Bernhard Nann as an operating executive where he will assist with due diligence on potential investments. Before joining Golden Gate, Nann was the CEO at data company Opera Solutions.
Harvest Partners SCF- The affiliate of Havrest Partners LP hired Sean Murphy as a principal. He will concentrate on sourcing and managing Harvest’s portfolio. Murphy was most recently with Angelo Gordon’s private equity group.
Hellman & Friedman LLC- The private equity firm hired Deepak Advani as a managing director. In addition, the firm promoted Zita Saurel and Stuart Banks to managing director. Advani, who was most recently a general manager at IBM concentrates on the technology and software sectors.
Kainos Capital- The consumer-focused middle market private equity firm added Jay Desai as a managing director and head of business development. Desai was most recently a senior vice president at Crossmark and was a former in director in Deutsche Bank’s M&A group.
K&L Gates- The law firm hired Brian Vargo and Michelle Repp as partners in its Pittsburgh’s office. They will work with the firm’s investment management, hedge funds and M&A practices. Vargo was most recently with Dechert LLP while Repp was with II-VI Inc.
McGuireWoods- David Dargatis has joined the law firm’s Tysons Corner, Virginia office as a senior counsel. Dargatis, who was most recently with Arnold & Porter, has experience in M&A, private equity, venture capital and restructuring.
Peak Rock Capital- The private equity firm hired Carsten Beck as head of business development. Carsten will oversee Peak Rock’s deal sourcing efforts. He was most recently a director with Barclays.
Perella Weinberg Partners - Bruce Mendelsohn has joined the investment bank as a partner in its Advisory business. Based in New York, Mendelsohn will oversee Perella’s restructuring practice. Mendelsohn was most recently the head of Goldman Sachs’ (NYSE: GS) U.S. restructuring Group.
Soundcore Capital Partners- The lower middle market private equity firm hired Feliks Zarotsky as a partner. Zarotsky will work on the firm’s new investments, fundraising efforts as well as investor relations. He was previously with Tower Three Partners and Sun Capital Partners.
TPG- Jin-Yong Cai is going to the join the private equity firm as a partner, effective Feb. 1. Cai, who was most recently the CEO of International Finance Corp., will focus on seeking investment opportunities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Trimont Real Estate Advisors- The real estate financial services provider, backed by Varde Partners, has named Brian Ward CEO. Ward was previously the president of Colliers International (Nasdaq: CIGI). Varde purchased Trimont in 2015.
TSG- Irena Blind joined the firm as a principal, where she will focus on transaction origination. Blind was most recently with Raymond James and Stephens Inc. She concentrates on the apparel, leisure and household sectors.
Veritas Financial Partners- The lender promoted Tony Liobis to vice chairman and Mark Seigel to president of the firm. Liobis joined Veritas in in 2015 as chief credit officer. He oversees underwriting and portfolio management. Seigel has previously served as Veritas’ chief financial officer.