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.
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP — The New York forensic unit of accounting firmDeloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd. announced a slate of promotions at various offices. Scott Bonin, Nathan Florio, Jeff Griffiths and Samantha Parish were each named principals. Florio will work out of Jersey City, N.J. while Bonin and Griffiths will operate out of Houston and Chicago, respectively. Parish will be in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Josh Johnston, George Psarianos, Michael Taylor and Sachin Verma were each called up to director, as Holly Tucker was promoted to partner. Johnston and Tucker will work together in Dallas. Psarianos will remain in New York, as Taylor and Verma will work out of Boston and Washington, D.C. respectively.
Equiteq — David Jorgenson has joined the New York professional services firm as global head of M&A. Jorgenson specializes in valuation, strategic financial advisory, public and private equity and debt financing, as well as exit planning. Jorgenson began his career Robert W. Baird in Chicago.
Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors — The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based accounting firm has grown by adding two new private accounting practices: Dean Jensen CPA PC and Christine W. Kohn PLLC. Both Dean Jensen's and Christine Kohn's staffs will join Hungerford Nichols and work out of an office in Greenville, Michigan. The new additions bring the total number of Hungerford Nichols’ professionals from 63 to 75.
Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. — Managing director Jeffrey Moore is set to retire from the Richmond, Virginia investment bank. Moore co-founded Matrix in 1998 and has been with the firm for 26 years. For the majority of his career, he served as president. Moore’s plans moving forward include creating a family office investment company to acquire interests in small companies.
O Alliance — The New York retail consulting firm appointed Walter Killough as a managing director. In this role, Killough will oversee business development and strategic partnerships. Killough most recently served as the CEO of Delia’s Inc. (Nasdaq: DLIA), a retailer for teenage girls and young women. During his nearly 10 years with the company, he also served as COO. Prior to Delia’s, Killough was COO of J. Crew Group Inc., where he operated the direct-to-consumer business that included catalogs and e-commerce.
Palamon Capital Partners — The London private equity firm tapped Ali Rahmatollahi to be associate partner and Christian Beck to be on the board of advisers. Rahmatollahi joins from Morgan Stanley, where he spent almost eight years in the investment banking division, most recently as an executive director. Previously, he was with McKinsey & Co. and co-founded OP Capital Partners, a Middle Eastern investment fund, in 2004. Beck, who is chairman of Norway-based Eneas Energy, has served as chief executive of several companies, including Banqsoft ASA; Sakhalin Petroleum; and Small Shops Gruppen, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company. Over the past 10 years, Beck has served as chairman of two Palamon portfolio companies: Nordax Finans, which was sold in 2010, as well as Espresso House, which was sold in 2012.
PwC US— The New York financial advisory firm has made four promotions to individual departments. Charles Marx will leader of the aerospace and defense segment in Phoenix. Pamela Schlosser will head the chemicals practice in Toledo, Ohio. Michael Tomera will lead the metals segment in Pittsburgh. Jennifer Fahey will oversee the business and professional services segment in Milwaukee.