Allegiance Capital Corp. – The middle market private investment bank announced that Michael Cho has joined its Dallas office as a vice president. Before joining Allegiance Capital, Cho was a corporate attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP where he participated in transactions ranging up to $200 million. Before that, he was at Jones Day LLP. He has more than 13 years of experience in managing M&A, especially cross-border deals.


Fredrikson & Byron – The Minneapolis-based law firm hired six associates last week including Jeremy Duehr, Johanna Franzen, Jody McGinley, Amanda Schmall, Michael Schoepf and David Waytz.

Duehr joins Fredrikson & Byron’s energy, real estate and environmental law groups. Franzen is an associate in Fredrikson & Byron’s real estate group, while McGinley is an attorney in the firm’s oil and gas and real estate groups.

Schmall is an associate in Fredrikson & Byron’s mergers and acquisitions group. Schoepf is an associate in the energy and litigation groups.

Waytz was hired as an associate in Fredrikson & Byron’s litigation group.


Herbert Smith LLP – The international law firm announced that David Robinson will be its new global chief operating officer. Robinson, coming off a 20-year run at Ernst & Young, will report to managing partner David Willis. He replaces John Mullins who is retiring.


Jones Day – The international law firm announced that Maria Sendra has joined its San Diego office as a partner in its private equity practice. She joins Jones Day from Baker & McKenzie, also in San Diego, where she was a partner and co-chair of the North America Life Sciences M&A subcommittee.


PrinceRidge Group – The New York-based financial services firm hired longtime JPMorgan veteran Michael McGovern as its new debt capital markets leader. He will report to John McNicholas, head of investment banking, and Scott Vandersnow, COO of corporate credit. McNicholas will focus on expanding the firm’s banking and placement business. McNicholas said in a statement that McGovern will lead the firm’s efforts to serve middle-market issuer clients with customized debt financing solutions.

McGovern was most recently a cofounder of investment banking boutique Regian Capital Advisors. Prior to that he was head of U.S. leveraged and acquisition finance for HSBC. He previously served in various positions with JPMorgan over an 18-year tenure, including head of corporate finance for consumer and healthcare investment banking.


State Street Corp. – The financial services company enlisted Keith Burman to fill a new position at the firm. Based in Luxembourg and Ireland, Burman will be senior managing director of private equity and real estate services. Before joining State Street, Burman was senior vice president for real estate investment product development at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. in Luxembourg. Prior to that, he was a chartered investment surveyor with LaSalle Investment Management and Jones Lang LaSalle, also in Luxembourg.

The announcement comes about a year after the Boston-based firm said it would eliminate 1,400 jobs in total, a tally that was increased to well over 2,000 in July.