Ambienta SGR — The Milan, Italy-based private equity firm appointed Nico Helling as a partner. Helling, a 20-year private equity veteran, is set to lead Ambienta’s operations out of the firm's Munich, Germany, office. He joins from Vorndran Mannheims Capital Advisors, a European middle-market firm, where he was a partner. Before that, he spent 10 years at Montagu Private Equity, overseeing deal sourcing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland.

Baird — Mike Magluilo has rejoined the Milwaukee-based investment bank as a managing director on the technology and services team. In this role, Magluilo is expected to focus specifically on enterprise software, software-as-a-service and other technology-enabled services. He will be based out of Baird’s Boulder, Colorado, office. From 2004 to 2009, Magluilo worked at Baird as a senior investment banker in London, helping build the firm’s European investment banking practice. Most recently, he spent three years as a principal with Delta-v Capital, also in Boulder. There, he began investing in various technology companies, including e-commerce business Borderfree (Nasdaq: BRDR), cloud technology adviser Cloud Sherpas and Zayo Group, bandwidth infrastructure company also based in Boulder.  Earlier in his career, Magluilo was head of North American corporate development at Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT).

BDA Partners — The investment bank hired Koichiro Yasuda as vice chairman and managing director in Tokyo. Before BDA, Yasuda worked at Deutsche Securities Japan as head of investment banking, managing director and vice chairman. Before that, he was managing director at Merrill Lynch Japan, co-head of advisory at Nikko Citigroup and head of M&A at UBS Warburg, also in Japan. Yasuda began his career in 1981 at Long Term Credit Bank of Japan, where he went on to be head of M&A.

GE Capital — Isabel Fernandez, who joined the lender in 2000, has been named chief commercial officer where she will oversee sales, marketing and product development. Before joining GE, Fernandez worked in commercial banking in roles ranging from structured finance to global relationship management.

McGlinchey Stafford — Richard Pelliccio has joined the New Orleans law firm as of counsel. Pelliccio brings to the firm nearly two decades of experience handling general commercial litigation, including complex litigation, consumer financial services litigation, products liability defense in the aviation sector.  He will work out of an Albany, New York office.

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy –  The New York law firm announces the launch of a new office in Seoul, Korea.  It’s the firm’s 12th office internationally. At the helm is partner Young Joon Kim, a Korean native who for the past decade has been based in the Milbank’s Hong Kong office. Before that, he was managing partner of Milbank’s Tokyo branch from 1997 to 2003.

Morrison & Foerster — The San Francisco law firm has appointed new co-chairs to lead the corporate and finance departments. Thomas Knox will co-chair the corporate department with partner Brandon Parris, while partner Nicholas Spiliotes of the Washington, D.C., branch co-chairs the finance department with Gary Lee. Knox and Spiliotes succeed partners Randy Laxer and Dale Caldwell, respectively. Laxer and  Caldwell have served as department co-chairs since 2013.

Paul Hastings LLP — The Los Angeles-based law firm has promoted 10 attorneys to be partners. In New York, the slate includes Nathalia Bernardo, Kevin Broughel, Lisa Chaney and Sanjay Thapar. Douglas Getten, based in Houston, is in the securities and capital markets practice along with Scott Oross, based in San Diego. Daniel Prince, a member of the litigation and intellectual property practice, is based in Los Angeles. Lindsay Sparks, based in Orange County, California, focuses on corporate finance and restructuring. Overseas, Dong Chul Kim will represent Korean corporate clients in Seoul, while Lionel Spizzichino will manage cross-border bankruptcy deals in Paris.

Signal Hill Capital Advisory India Private Ltd. — The Bangalore, India, branch of Baltimore-based Signal Hill has promoted Nitin Bhatia, George Anthraper, Meherzad Kelawala and Gaurav Mittal. Bhatia has been promoted to managing director, while Anthraper and Kelawala were called up to director. Mittal has been named vice president. Separately, Signal Hill India has hired Nishant Malhotra as vice president. Malhotra, who has both banking and private equity experience, held a leadership position at Wooqer, a successful Indian software start-up.

SK Capital Partners— The New York private equity firm called Philip Marxen up to principal. Marxen, who joined SK Capital as a vice president in early 2014, will continue sourcing new investments. Currently, he is director at SK portfolio company Addivant.  Previously, Marxen was an investment professional at the Blackstone Group and TPG Capital. Separately, Jerry Truzzolino joined SK Capital in January as chief financial officer after serving in a similar position at CI Capital Partners since 2011.  Prior to that, Truzzalino was a senior vice president Neuberger Berman.  Previously, Truzzalino held financial positions with the private equity segment of Lehman Brothers and at the Blackstone Group.

For last week's column, see People Moves of the Week: Evercore, Oak Hill, Dresner Partners.


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