SK Capital hires executive from CI Capital as CFO

SK Capital Partners has hired Jerry Truzzolino as chief financial officer from CI Capital Partners. Truzzolino previously worked at Neuberger Berman as senior vice president and co-head of the finance group. The firm also promoted Philip Marxen to principal from vice president. Marxen joined SK Capital in early 2014.


Evercore partners with Luminis Partners to provide M&A advice

Evercore is teaming up with newly formed, Australia-based Luminis Partners to provide cross-border merger and acquisition work. Luminis was formed recently by Ron Malek, Simon Mordant and Jamie Garis to provide M&A, restructuring and capital markets advice to corporations, private equity firms, institutions and government bodies. The partnership includes an investment by Evercore into Luminis.


Castanea Partners invests in Thymes

Castanea Partners has invested an undisclosed amount in Thymes, which makes fragrances for bath, body and the home. Other investors in the transaction included Stanfield Capital, RCPDirect II LP, Northstar Mezzanine Partners VI, LP and management. Troy Stanfield, of Stanfield Partners and formerly of Castanea, organized the syndicate of additional investors for the deal. Stanfield will join Thymes’ board.


Forbes Private Capital hires Barclays executive Maureen Kerr

Maureen Kerr has joined Forbes Private Capital Group as a senior managing director in its New  York office. Kerr will be responsible for insurance coverage in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Prior to Forbes, she worked as a director with Barclays where she developed and managed the Japanese Yen private placement platform.


NJ finds no pay-to-play violation in General Catalyst commitment

New Jersey state Treasury investigators found no wrongdoing in venture firm General Catalyst’s decision to not report a political contribution from one of its executives-in-residence – now Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker – months before the state pension committed millions to the firm.


Accordion Partners hires Evercore exec as director

Accordion Partners has hired Jonathan Apter as director and named Bolaji Lawl as vice president. Apter will focus on leading private equity consulting engagements. He joined Accordion from Evercore Capital Partners, where he worked as a director originating and executing investment opportunities. Bolaji, who was been working at Accordion since August 2014, has now fully joined the team. Previously, Lawl worked at Moelis & Co. as a vice president.

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