DLA Piper —  The Chicago law firm tapped Sheila Blair, former chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., to be a senior policy adviser in Washington. While with the FDIC, from 2006 to 2011, Blair oversaw the sale processes of hundreds of failing banks to healthier institutions. Before the FDIC, she was the dean's professor of financial regulatory policy for the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, beginning in 2002. Prior to that, she served as assistant secretary for financial institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury from 2001 to 2002; senior vice president for government relations of the New York Stock Exchange from 1995 to 2000; and as commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 1991 to 1995.

Friedman LLP — The New York accounting office brought in Eric Tunis to be a partner. Turner specializing in advising privately-owned businesses, mainly wholesalers, manufacturers and internet retailers. At Friedman, he is expected to uncover business and tax opportunities, identify risks and provide tax planning for clients.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP — Ryan Harris has joined the Firm’s Chicago office as a partner. There, he will focus on complex transactions including leveraged buyouts for private equity funds, domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He joins Kirkland from McDermott Will & Emery, where he was a partner.

Proskauer — The London law firm called up Steven Davis to be a corporate partner. Davis represents private equity firms, as well as public companies, that conduct M&A in a variety of sectors, including health care, financial services and consumer goods and retail.

Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) — The Santa Clara, California-based investment bank has appointed Wibke Pendse as managing director. Pendse will work within the private equity finance and banking for SVB's London branch. There, she will oversee an extensive portfolio of private equity client relationships. Prior to joining, Wibke held several leadership positions at various firms, including vice president of Venture Capital Services at Square 1 Bank, and assistant vice president of equity fund services at Comerica Bank.

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP— The New York law firm  recruited Robert Stirling to its London office as a partner. Stirling focuses on insurance and asset management transactions, and regulatory issues within the insurance sector.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP — The Los Angeles law office enlisted Yousuf Dhamee to be a part of the firm's investment management practice. Dhamee joins Stroock from the Los Angeles office of Bingham McCutchen. Stroock also has offices in New York, Miami and Washington, D.C. Dhamee advises clients on equity ownership arrangements, as well as sovereign wealth funds, in connection with their investments in private funds. 

Venable— The New York law firm has hired Jeffrey Sabin.  Previously the co-head of the financial restructuring group at Bingham McCutchen, Sabin will work within Venable's national bankruptcy practice.


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