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Duff & Phelps, a financial advisory and investment banking firm, has expanded its investment banking segment with the appointment of Michael Cochrane as leader of the mergers and ac

Duff & Phelps, a financial advisory and investment banking firm, has expanded its investment banking segment with the appointment of Michael Cochrane as leader of the mergers and acquisitions advisory practice and the addition of seven new managing directors.

The new managing directors are Frédéric Dubuisson, Philippe Nataf, Raymond Kane, Michael Guptan, Glen Clarke, Chip Wahle and Robert Nabholz.

Gerry Creagh, president of Duff & Phelps, says: ‘Duff & Phelps has seen outstanding opportunities this year to bring exceptional talent to certain areas of our business. The addition of these managing directors, including Michael as leader of the M&A practice, strengthens our investment banking segment with deep industry and transactional capabilities. These new team members, along with our existing investment banking team, will help to position Duff & Phelps for growth as broader M&A deal activity increases.’

Cochrane (pictured) joins the New York office, bringing more than 17 years of experience, with a strong focus on middle market M&A. He has worked with some of the leading firms in the industry, including Oppenheimer, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston. In addition to leading the M&A practice for the firm, he will also leverage his industry expertise in technology, information, communications and entertainment.

Dubuisson and Nataf join the Paris office as part of the firm’s global investment banking practice. Both managing directors previously held tenures at KPMG Corporate Finance, where Dubuisson led the valuation team and Nataf was head of the information, communication and entertainment group.

Kane joins the New York office as head of the firm’s private capital raising practice from Houlihan Lokey, where he was co-head of the private finance group responsible for growing the private financing business and managing all aspects of the firm’s financing flow. He has more than 17 years of experience in the origination and sale of securities to investors in the private placement market.

Guptan joins the New York office, bringing with him more than 20 years of technology, strategy and investment banking experience. He has worked with some of the leading firms in finance and technology, including McKinsey, Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Hewlett Packard. At Duff & Phelps, he will be responsible for mergers, acquisitions and financing advisory services for technology companies and private equity and venture capital firms that invest in that sector.

Clarke and Wahle join Duff & Phelps from Brown Gibbons and Lang in the Chicago and Boston offices, respectively. At BGL, Clarke was the leader of the food and beverage investment banking practice, while Wahle worked primarily in the technology, business services and real estate industries for investment banking. At Duff & Phelps, Clarke will head the firm’s food and beverage industry practice, concentrating on mergers and acquisitions, private placements and financial restructurings. Wahle will focus on middle market financial advisory, public and private capital raising, M&A and corporate finance-related engagements for a number of industry sectors.

Nabholz joins the global restructuring advisory practice of Duff & Phelps in its New York office. Prior to joining Duff & Phelps, Nabholz was a managing director and head of the communications services practice at Thomas Weisel Partners.

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