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On the move, 5.29.2017 – former KKR director launches Moonlake Capital

PRIVATE EQUITY FIRMS

Bridge Growth Partners named Randy L. Cowen to its technology advisory board. Cowen is a former global head of technology and operations, chief information officer and co-chief administrative officer at Goldman Sachs.

CDIB Capital International hired two managing directors, Hamilton Tang and Yinghai Xie, in Hong Kong and Shanghai, respectively. CDIB also named Sandy Ng senior vice president in the investment and portfolio management team out of Shanghai. Tang is former group CEO of Simon Murray & Co, while Xie was a partner of SMC. Ng was previously a principal of SMC. CDIB Capital is the PE arm of China Development Financial Holding Corp.

Frazier Healthcare PartnersRené Lerer joined as a senior adviser to the firm’s growth buyout team. Lerer, a physician, is president of GuideWell Mutual Holding and Florida Blue.

GPB Capital hired Craig Goos as a managing partner and chief operating officer. Goos previously was a managing director of alternative investments at UBS Wealth Management.

Hancock Capital Management added six investment professionals to its leveraged senior loan platform: Eric BartonJeff BottcherRyan RekoPatrick KilreaBrian Cihlar and Conner Moriarty.

Maven Capital Partners: Martin ClarkJames Darlington and Jeremy Thompson joined as investment managers responsible for transacting new NPIF equity investments. Maven tapped Nikola Clarke to provide portfolio support to NPIF investee businesses.

Moonlake Capital: Philip Wack, a former director at KKR, launched Moonlake, according to Private Equity News. Moonlake, London, will target middle-market companies between 250 million and 300 million euros in the industrial and consumer services sectors in the U.K. and German-speaking Europe, the story said. Wack left KKR in April along with other senior executives including Haroun van Hövell, the firm’s head of energy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Private Equity News said.

PeakEquity Partners hired Justin Reger as a principal in its Radnor, Pennsylvania, headquarters to focus on investments in enterprise software companies. Reger joined PeakEquity from LLR Partners, where for nine years he led the enterprise application software practice. Reger previously worked at Citigroup, advising PE firms on LBOs.

Perella Weinberg Partners named Cory Hill a managing director in its advisory business. Hill previously was a director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s global investment banking unit, focused on M&A, leveraged recaps and financings.

Polaris Partners: Josh Mandel-Brehm is joining the firm as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Mandel-Brehm previously held business development and strategy positions at Biogen.

Silverfleet Capital made four new hires: Johan BoorkJan KuxGuntram Kieferle and Constance d’Avout.

YFM Equity Partners hired James Savage as portfolio director to focus on managing the firm’s growth and buyout investments on the team led by David Bell. Savage joins from Barclays’s Principal Investments team, where he was a vice president.

PORTFOLIO COMPANIES

Alion Science and Technology: The Veritas Capital portfolio company named Steve Schorer president and CEO. Bahman Atefi, who served as president and CEO since 2002, becomes vice chairman.

Ansira, owned by Advent International, named Jim Warner chairman. Warner currently is a principal at Third Floor Enterprises. Ansira also added Dan Springer, an operating partner at Advent, to the board. Ansira is the St. Louis tech-enabled marketing-solutions provider.

Apex International Energy appointed Willis “Trey” Gilmore vice president of corporate reservoir engineering in Houston and Raed Saba deputy general manager and exploration manager in Cairo. Apex, an oil-and-gas exploration and production company focused on Egypt, is backed by Warburg Pincus.

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology: The Sterling Partners portfolio company named Bill Hughson CEO. Hughson was previously president and CEO of IntegraMed Fertility.

24 Hour Fitness USA named Chris Roussos CEO. Roussos was previously CEO of Epic Health Services. 24 Hour Fitness is owned by AEA InvestorsOntario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Fitness Capital Partners.

SERVICE PROVIDERS

Alvarez & Marsal: Joining the transaction advisory group’s U.S. practice as managing directors are Peter Gougousis and Jeffrey Jones. Gougousis returns to A&M after co-founding the firm’s financial industry group in 2009, while Jones previously worked as a managing director in global capital markets at Donnelly Financial Solutions.

Deutsche Bank hired Bruce Harting as a managing director in its financial-institutions group. Harting will join the bank’s New York office this summer as head of banks investment-banking coverage. He joins from Credit Suisse, where he was most recently a managing director in the financial-services coverage group.

Enservco named Ian Dickinson president, CEO and a director. Dickinson succeeds Rick Kasch, who is retiring from those positions. Dickinson is a former partner with Caddis Capital Investments.

Hamilton Lane added three executives in Europe. Carolin Blank joined as a principal on the European-based relationship-management team; Ahmed Khalil becomes a vice president, also in relationship management, and Lali Sichinava becomes a vice president on the business-development team.

Houlihan Lokey hired Heather Smith as a managing director and head of structured equity in the capital markets group. Smith joined the investment bank from Sagent Advisors, where she led the private financing solutions group. She previously worked in the private placement groups at Deutsche Bank and Greentech Capital.

JEGI hired Kathleen Thomas as a managing director. She will focus on expanding the investment bank’s offerings across B2B media and events M&A. Prior to JEGI, Thomas was a managing partner at Drake Star Partners (formerly Redwood Capital). Earlier, she’d led the media and marketing services practice at Berkery Noyes for 12 years.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey hired Youssef Squali as managing director and senior analyst covering the internet and digital media sector. Squali previously was managing director and global head of internet research at Cantor Fitzgerald.

LIMITED PARTNERS

Public Sector Pension Investment Board opened a London office as its European hub. The team will focus on investments in private equity, private debt, infrastructure and real estate asset classes in Europe. The Europe team consists of 28 professionals.

PROMOTIONS

Insignia Capital Group promoted Tiffany Obenchain to managing director.

JPMorgan Chase named its regional head of diversified industries and energy, Kerwin Clayton, and its Southeast Asia banking head, Rohit Chatterji, co-heads of Asia-Pacific M&A, according to an internal memo seen by IFR.

KAP Group, a provider of fundraising and investor-relations advisory services for the PE industry, promoted Erin Roeder to principal. Prior to joining KAP, Roeder was a vice president at Metropolitan Real Estate Equity Management (now part of Carlyle Group).

Post Capital Partners promoted Christopher Cheang to director and business-development head. Prior to joining Post Capital in 2009, Cheang worked at Cabot China Ltd, a joint venture of Cabot Corp.

Silicon Valley BankMichael Descheneaux was promoted to president. He had been CFO of SVB Financial GroupDaniel Beck, former CFO of Bank of the West, becomes SVB Financial Group’s CFO.