Bryan Cave LLP— The New York law firm has brought in Michael Leue and Jay Nouss to be a part of Bryan Cave's executive committee. Leue’s practice focuses on national and international M&A, while Nouss concentrates on corporate finance. In addition, Bryan Cave announced leadership changes to the firm's regional offices. In Chicago, Joseph McCoy will become managing partner, succeeding Michael Ohm who has served in that role since 2010. Eckart Budelmann will succeed Leue as the managing partner of the Frankfurt, Germany office. Leue has served in that role since 2007. In Shanghai, Zhongdong Zhang has been named managing partner, succeeding Evan Chuck who has served in that position since 2007.
Cassel Salpeter & Co. — The Miami-based investment bank hired Ranjini Chandirakanthan (pictured) as director. Chandirakanthan, a 20-year M&A veteran, specializes in the technology industry and will oversee the firm’s expanding practice in the space. Prior to joining Cassel Salpeter, Chandirakanthan was a director of strategy at Dell Inc., and a senior director of corporate development at Sun Microsystems. She began her career as a CPA at KPMG LLP and has worked for a number of other firms over the years, including investment bank ThinkEquity, Lehman Brothers and tech security company Neoteris Inc.,which was sold to NetScreen Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: NSCN) in 2003 for $265 million.