Cole Schotz Meisel Forman & Leonard PA — The Hackensack, New Jersey, law firm has opened a new office in Dallas with partner James Walker in charge. Plans to set up the Dallas location started when Walker first joined Cole Schotz in 2013 as a response to the growing need for legal representation of dealmakers in North Texas. The firm also has offices in Baltimore; Fort Worth, Texas; New York; and Wilmington, Delaware.


KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) — Zachary Kau has joined the Cleveland financial services firm as a managing director. Kau will work within KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., the company’s corporate and investment banking arm, as group head of the health care finance business. Based in San Francisco, Kau joins KeyBanc after having served as a director in the health care public finance group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (NYSE: BAC).


Moelis & Co. — Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (pictured) has been hired by the New York investment bank. Cantor's jump comes after a 12-year career serving in Congress. After being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2001, Cantor rose to be Republican House Majority Leader. He lost the Republican primary in his congressional district near Richmond, Virginia, in June, to Tea Party-backed newcomer and economics professor David Brat. Moelis CEO Ken Moelis donated $2,600 to Cantor's campaign in April. Cantor will provide strategic counsel to the Wall Street investment boutique bank’s clients.


Plexus Capital — The Charlotte, North Carolina, private equity firm promoted partner Michael Painter to managing partner. He succeeds Bob Anders, who has served as managing director since 2005. Painter, who is also a co-founder of the financial sponsor, has worked with Anders for years prior to their time together at Plexus. They each previously worked at Centura Bank before co-founding Plexus in 2005 with Kel Landis, Mike Becker and Robert Gefaell. Anders will remain a full-time partner and member of the investment committee.


State Street Corp. (NYSE: STT) — The Boston investment bank appointed Bob Keogh to oversee hedge fund, private equity and real estate activity for the firm in Asia Pacific. A 20-year veteran in financial services, Keogh's previous role was as senior managing director for State Street’s hedge fund servicing business based in Europe. He joined State Street in 2012 from Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE: GS) as part of the firm's acquisition of Goldman Sachs Administration Services (GSAS). Prior to this position, he was head of the GSAS business in Europe and Asia and helped establish offices in Ireland, Singapore and Hong Kong, where he will be based.


SunTrust Robinson Humphrey — The Atlanta-based investment bank has expanded with two biotechnology specialists: Salveen Richter and Edward Nash. Richter joins from Canaccord Genuity as a managing director and will provide equity research coverage for the biotechnology and life sciences sector. Nash jumps over from Cowen and Co. as a managing director. Separately, Chase Mulvehill joins SunTrust as a director on the energy team covering the oilfield service industry. His previous experience includes positions at Carlson Capital LP, Jefferies LLC and Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT).


TA Associates— The Boston private equity firm added Clara Jackson (pictured) to its roster. Jackson joins TA as a vice president in the financial sponsor’s services group, where she will focus on investments in business and financial services companies. Jackson arrives as TA from Fireman Capital Partners, where she served as a vice president overseeing deal sourcing, due diligence and transaction execution for buyout and growth equity investments in the consumer/retail sector. Before that, she was an associate at TPG Growth, where she worked on leveraged buyouts, growth equity investments and private investments in public equities, with a focus on the healthcare and financial services sectors. She began her career at Goldman Sachs & Co. (NYSE: GS) as an investment banking analyst in the financial institutions group.

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