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Gaia Arnaboldi has resigned as a program manager for Adveq’s fund-of-funds focused on the U.S. distressed and other non-traditional private equity markets.

Haruyasu Asakura has resigned as head of The Carlyle Group’s growth equity team in Japan, according to AltAssets. A spokesman told the publication that he plans to “join the public sector.”

Anthony Bull has joined Gresham Private Equity as a London-based partner. He previously was a principal with Mitsui Private Equity.

Berkshire Partners has hired five new associates: Neel Bhargava, previously a senior associate consultant with Bain & Co.; Joshua Plavner, previously an analyst with Goldman Sachs; Justin Hupp, previously a senior associate consultant with Bain & Co.; Eric Weiner, previously a senior associate consultant with Bain & Co.; and Kevin Koslosky, previously an analyst with Goldman Sachs.

Brookfield Asset Management has added five senior vice presidents to its group that manages private equity institutional relationships. The new hires are: Peter Thomson (U.K./Middle East) former managing director in the PE funds group of Bear Stearns/JPMorgan; Robert von Herrmann (German-speaking countries), former managing director in the PE funds group of Bear Stearns/JPMorgan; Paul Tam (Asia), formerly a partner with Crane Capital/Bear/JPM; Alexander Apponyi (Scandanavia), formerly a partner with BerchWood Partners; and Scott White (deal execution), previously with Citi Alternative Investments.

Candover Investments announced that Colin Buffin will step down as senior managing director, and Tian Tan will step down as finance director. Marek Gumienny will become chairman, while John Arney will become managing partner.

Brad Cameron

has joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as head of its Canadian M&A team. He previously spent 17 years with RBC Capital Markets.

Norm Colbert has joined Petsky Prunier as a partner and head of its capital markets practice, private placements practice and WestCoast investment banking efforts. He previously was global head of JP Morgan’s private placements group.

Iyad Duwaji has resigned as chief executive of Dubai-based Shuaa Capital, after serving in the position for around 14 years. He plans to launch an “independent private equity platform.”

Chris Groobey has joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a Washington, D.C.-based partner in the law firm’s energy and cleantech practice. He previously was with Baker & McKenzie.

Ernst & Young has named John Harley as its global private equity leader. He has been with the firm since 2000.

Dan Liebermann has joined Bethesda, Md.-based Reznick Group as a manager in the firm’s Valuation and Transaction Advisory group. He previously was with CB Richard Ellis.

James Lockhart has agreed to join WL Ross & Co. as vice chairman, effective next month. He recently resigned as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. has replaced its CEO with a three-person team that includes turnaround pro Stephen Cooper, MGM production boss Mary Parent and MGM CFO Bedi Singh. MGM has been trying to refinance its $3.7 billion of debt, much of which relates to a 2005 buyout by Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, Quadrangle Group, Sony and Comcast.

Peter Notz has joined Drum Capital Management as a vice president and manager of investment diligence. He previously was a senior associate with HRJ Capital.

Debra Pedersen has joined The Carlyle Group as a managing director of global leveraged finance, with a focus on investor relations and fundraising. She previously was a managing director with Plainfield Asset Management.

Mark Riedy has joined Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo as a member of the firm’s corporate practice and energy/cleantech practice. He previously was a partner with Andrews Kurth LLP.

Stuart Strauss and Richard Horowitz have joined Dechert LLP as partners in the firm’s financial services group. They both will work out of New York, and previously were partners with Clifford Chance LLP.

Tom Tuft has agreed to join Lazard Ltd. as chairman of the firm’s global capital markets advisory, and vice chairman of U.S. investment banking. He begins work at Lazard in November, and previously was chairman of Goldman Sachs‘s equity capital markets group.

Byron Wein, former chief U.S. investment strategist for Morgan Stanley, has joined The Blackstone Group as a vice chairman.

Carol Womack has joined Diversified Trust Co. as a principal in the firm’s Nashville, Tenn., office. She previously was managing director of private markets for Vanderbilt University’s endowment.