Job Wrap: Fixed Income Analysts are Flavor of the Week

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Bear Stearns and Credit Suisse Asset Management both added muscle in fixed income analysis last week.

Bear Stearns staffed up in fixed income research and hired four senior analysts. They were: Eric Hausler, from the Susquehanna Financial Group, to cover the fixed income gaming, leisure and lodging sectors; Frank Hanson from Morgan Stanley to cover the retail, consumer product and grocer credit sectors; Masumi Goldman from Morgan Stanley to cover commercial mortgage-backed securities; and Alberto J. Bernal-Leon from IDEAglobal Inc. to cover Latin American sovereigns.

Credit Suisse Asset Management hired four additional credit analysts to its US fixed income team. Annelise Eschmann and Amy Brown joined as a directors from Invesco, where both specialised in high yield. Brian Reid and Anuj Gulati joined as vice presidents from Oppenheimerfunds and TIAA-CREF. Reid was a high yield specialist; Gulati specialised in investment grade and cross-over products.

In other debt-related moves, ACA Capital hired Jeffrey Heckman, a director of Citigroup Global Markets, as a managing director of municipal finance, with responsibility for sales and for marketing the business.

Equities: Lynch promoted at Merrill

While others were focused on fixed income analysis, Merrill Lynch addressed research more broadly, appointing Kathleen Lynch, its business manager for global research, as chief operating officer for global securities research and economics. Lynch replaces Aron Miodownik, who resigned.

Broker-dealer Pali Capital hired James Yanello from UBS as managing director and senior utilities strategist covering natural gas, electric and coal equities. Yanello was senior utilities analyst at UBS.

Corporate finance: Philips quits Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin

Dresner Investment Services, a Chicago-based middle-market investment bank hired Matt Phillips of Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin as vice president, and promoted Gregg Pollack, senior vice president, to managing director.

Asset management: Russell Investment Group hires for Wealth Management

Russell Investment Group hired Nicholas Georgis from Schwab Institutional as managing director, wealth management for its U.S individual investor service.

Robyn Stern resigned as executive vice president of asset management at Arbor Realty Trust to pursue other undisclosed professional opportunities.

Private equity: Eton Park hires Goldstein from Warburg Pincus

Hedge fund manager Eton Park Capital hired Olivier Goldstein from buyout firm Warburg Pincus to lead its private equity operation. Goldstein was a senior associate in Warburg Pincus' leveraged buy-out group, where he focused on industrial and chemicals companies.

Fortress Investment Group, a New-York based private equity firm, hired John Edwards, the 2004 Democratic candidate for vice-president and ex-senator for North Carolina. Edwards will be a part time senior advisor at Fortress.

Ratings Agencies: Fitch hires Matsui from Swiss Re

Fitch Ratings hired Vincent Matsui from Swiss Re as a senior director in the CDO asset manager ratings group. Matsui was an executive team member of the credit solutions department at Swiss Re.

Technology: Cogency hires Poisson

Cogency Software hired Michael Poisson, a senior vice president and managing director for SunGard Treasury Systems, as vice president of sales. Poisson will lead Cogency's sales-related activities, including the launch of its new funds of hedge funds product.

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