Kfir Abutbul has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP as a partner in Houston. Previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Abutbul advises private equity sponsors on M&A, divestitures and joint ventures.

Ruulke Bagijn was hired as a managing director by The Carlyle Group’s (Nasdaq: CG) Amsterdam-based AlpInvest Partners. Bagijn previously led AXA Investment Manager’s real assets private equity division where she managed structured credit.

David Berman has joined Latham & Watkins LLP as a partner in London. Joining from Quinn Emanuel, Berman represents financial institutions on regulatory, compliance and governance-related matters.

Filippo Bruno was hired by Houlihan Lokey (NYSE: HLI) as a managing director based in Milan, Italy. Bruno joins from investment bank Banca IMI as a senior M&A banker with a focus on telecommunications, media and technology.

John Boelter has rejoined Mayer Brown LLP in New York as a corporate and securities partner. Previously a partner at Greenberg Traurig LLP, Boelter’s experience includes handling cross-border M&A matters.

Shaun Buckley was hired by Boston-based Gen II Fund Services LLC as managing director. Buckley joins Gen II from State Street Corp. (NYSE: STT), with experience handling private equity fund administration and reporting.

Roberto Chute has joined asset management firm The Rohatyn Group as a partner based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Chute most recently work at Banc of America Equity Partners Latin America and now leads TRG’s private equity investments.

Valerie Demont was hired by New York-based Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice. Demont joins from Pepper Hamilton LLP, and focuses on cross-border M&A and capital markets.

John DiRocco has joined New York-based private debt manager CIFC LLC as chief operating officer working to expand the firm’s investment products. DiRocco previously served as COO of credit investment firm Reef Road Capital.

Jim Fisher has joined PineBridge Investments as a New York-based managing director leading the firm’s private credit strategies. Fisher previously served as senior vice president at J.P. Morgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) working on the bank’s middle-market leveraged finance business.

Casey Fleck was hired by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy as a corporate and capital markets attorney in Los Angeles. Previously a partner at Latham & Watkins, Fleck’s experience includes advising restructurings and M&A transactions.

Patrick Gilligan was hired by Santa Monica, California-based Clearlake Capital Group L.P. as a managing director. Prior to joining Clearlake in 2016, Gilligan served as managing director at Park Hill Group. Gilligan focuses on investor relations and marketing initiatives in his current role.

Cesar Gueikian has joined Chicago-based Monroe Capital as a managing director to help lead a new special situations credit strategy. Prior to joining the middle-market lending firm, Gueikian served as managing partner at Melody Capital Partners.

Beidi Gu was hired by New York-based asset management firm The Rohatyn Group as portfolio manager. Prior to her new role, Gu served as the global portfolio manager for The Caravel Flagship Fund.

Xavier Gutierrez has also joined Clearlake Capital Group L.P. as a managing director in Santa Monica, California. Gutierrez previously served as chief investment officer of Meruelo Group, and now focuses on operations and client services.

Brian Haklisch has joined alternative investment firm Angelo Gordon & Co. as managing director in New York. Haklisch joins the firm’s investor relations group from a similar role at Structured Portfolio Management.

Amy Hauke was hired by Chicago-based Meketa Investment Group as an executive vice president. Hauke joins from Aon Hewitt as a senior consultant in the company’s private equity group.

Macie House has joined Baird as a managing director leading the firm’s equity origination efforts. Based in Portland, Oregon, House joins from Pacific Crest Securities as a director.

Salvador LaVina has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP as a partner in Los Angeles advising private clients on real estate M&A and joint ventures. LaVina is the former chair of Enenstein Ribakoff LaViña & Pham APC’s real estate and corporate departments.

Jeff Leonard has joined St. Augustine, Florida-based Brown Jordan International Inc., a furniture manufacturer backed by Littlejohn & Co., as chief financial officer. Leonard previously served as CFO at The Hillman Group.

Brian Little was hired by Duff & Phelps as a managing director based in Los Angeles. Little previously served as managing director at Imperial Capital, bringing M&A experience in the consumer, retail and food sectors.

Kevin Masuda has joined Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP as a Los Angeles-based partner. A former partner at Munger Tolles & Olson, Masuda focuses on M&A transactions in the entertainment and technology sector.

Jim McGrath has joined Richmond, Virginia-based Keiter Transaction Advisory Services as a managing director. Previously an adviser at KPMG Corp. Finance, McGrath joins with more than 17 years of middle-market M&A and private equity experience.

Ann Miller was hired by Cowen Inc.’s (Nasdaq: COWN) special situations team as a New York-based director. Miller is a former Houlihan Lokey director, and joins Cowen with experience advising clients on M&A transactions, equity exchanges, divestitures.

Attila Oldag has joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP as a partner in Munich, Germany. Previously a partner at boutique law firm Gütt Olk Feldhaus, Oldag advises clients on reorganizations and capital market transactions.

Anne-Marie Peterson has joined New York-based Baird as a managing director on the firm’s global debt advisory team. Joining most recently from KeyBanc Capital Markets as managing director, Peterson now advises clients on M&A, refinancings and recapitilizations.

Jerry Rhodes has joined Sarasota, Florida-based DCA Investment Holding LLC, a dental support organization backed by Harvest Partners, as CEO. Rhodes most recently served as CEO of CRC Health Group.

Craig Rogowski was hired by Baird as a director on the Silicon Valley-based global technology and services team. Previously at Pacific Crest Securities, Rogowski brings more than 17 years of investment banking and corporate development experience.

Timothy Schifer has joined Twin Brook Capital Partners as a managing director in Chicago. Schifer has more than 25 years of lending experience and previously served as director of portfolio management at Madison Capital Funding.

Richard Sherlund was hired by Perella Weinberg Partners as a partner in San Francisco. Sherlund previously led Goldman Sachs’ technology research group for 25 years. In his current role, Sherlund focuses on driving the firm’s coverage of software clients.

Matthew Tehan has joined Houlihan Lokey as a managing director in Sydney, Australia. Tehan joins the capital markets group from Credit Suisse, where he co-led the debt and derivatives division.

Kandace Watson has joined Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in San Diego. Joining with corporate and intellectual property licensing experience, Watson previously led the mergers, acquisitions, securities and corporate team at Kilpatrick Townsend.

James Wolf was also hired by Houlihan Lokey as a New York-based managing director. Previously a managing partner at EY, Wolf’s experience includes advising executives and board members on M&A transactions, reorganizations and purchase price allocations.

Kandace Watson
Kandace Watson Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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