GE Commercial appts

GE Commercial Finance has hired four new executives, two for its European leveraged finance team and two for its secondary markets team.

Starting with the leveraged finance team, Vivek Rattan has been appointed as managing director and will be concentrating on the large cap market. He joins from Commerzbank, where he ran the leveraged finance division from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that he worked at Deutsche Bank as co head/managing director of leveraged finance, after spending 10 years at Citicorp where he held a number of positions including managing director, leveraged finance.

Simon White, appointed as executive director, will focus on the mid-market. He joins from NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd where he increased the profile of the London team in the LBO and corporate debt markets in a four-year spell culminating in running the debt arbitrage team. He was a member of the Rothschild Credit Committee and specialises in the mid-corporate buyout market.

Turning to secondary markets team, Maurice Johnson has been hired as managing director of secondary execution. Johnson previously worked in GE’s capital markets team, structuring and syndicating leveraged loan transactions for both Europe and emerging markets. Prior to joining GE, he worked for Citibank’s project finance team across various markets in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Nigel Houghton will join the business as executive director of sales and origination. Houghton comes from Commerzbank where he was head of secondary loan sales and trading, Europe, Middle East & Africa.