Private equity firms

Aequitas Capital has appointed R. Scott Wood as general counsel. Wood is responsible for driving the firm’s legal strategy and managing the day-to-day operations of the legal team. Portland, Oregon-based Aequitas Capital sources, structures and implements private credit and private equity transactions.

American Capital Energy & Infrastructure has hired Robert Wholey as managing director. Wholey will be responsible for sourcing, underwriting and managing energy and infrastructure investments in North America. Prior to American Capital Energy, Wholey worked at Highstar Capital, most recently as managing director, where he led investments in the midstream energy sector. American Capital Energy & Infrastructure is part of American Capital Ltd’s asset management affiliate, American Capital Asset Management LLC.

Ardian has hired Tobias Gewolker as a director in its infrastructure team. Gewolker will be based in the firm’s Paris office. Previously, Gewolker worked at DC Advisory and before that, Barclays Capital.

Investment firm Aristotle Capital has hired Matt Schleichkorn as managing director of retail sales and marketing. He will be based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Previously, Schleichkorn worked at Merrill Lynch, where he served as director of managed solutions for the West Coast.

Berkshire Partners and Glen T. Senk, a retail and consumer executive, are partnering to co-invest in high-growth retail and consumer businesses. Berkshire Partners has initially committed $350 million to future investments alongside Senk and his newly formed firm, Front Row Partners, where he serves as chairman and CEO. Senk previously served as chief executive officer of David Yurman and, prior to that, as chief executive officer of Urban Outfitters.

Blackstone Group LP’s head of private equity for Asia, senior managing director Michael Chae, is returning to New York after three years in Hong Kong, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters.

The Carlyle Group has hired Jeffrey Holland as managing director and head of the private client group. Holland joins Carlyle in the newly created position from Cole Real Estate Investments Inc, where he was president and chief operating officer. At Carlyle, Holland will oversee development of the firm’s relationship with individual investors and intermediaries, including arrangements with bank feeder funds.

Mid-market buyout firm CCMP Capital Advisors has hired Nick Rose as an adviser. Rose previously was the chairman of Edwards Group, a maker of of vacuum pumps and a former CCMP portfolio company.

FLAG Capital Management has hired Myron Zhu as a partner. In his new position, Zhu, along with Wen Tan, a partner, will lead FLAG Squadron Asia. Previously, Zhu worked at JPMorgan Chase, where he served as head of alternative investments—CIO Asia.

Dallas-based buyout firm Highlander Partners has expanded its North American team with three new additions. Drew Koecher is coming on board as a partner while Allen Schaar and Charles Thomas have joined the firm as operating partner and associate, respectively. Previously, Koecher worked at KPMG, where he served as a partner; Schaar was an interim president of Eagle Healthcare Physicians; and Thomas was a hedge fund analyst at Stadtler Capital Management.

J.C. Flowers & Co. has hired Eric Rahe, who formerly was a managing director at Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Rahe joins the firm as a managing director in New York. He led the financial services practice at CD&R, and was previously a senior investment professional at hedge fund SAB Capital, and before that a partner at Capital Z Partners.

Private investment firm Longford Capital has hired William Strong as chairman. The appointment is effective May 1. Previously, Strong served as a member of Morgan Stanley’s global management committee. He was also a co-CEO for its Asia Pacific region and vice chairman of investment banking. Longford Capital provides capital for companies pursuing meritorious legal claims, typically funding attorneys’ fees and other costs to pursue claims in return for a share of a favorable settlement or award.

Dallas buyout firm Satori Capital has named Kern Wildenthal as an operating partner in the healthcare sector. Wildenthal is the former president of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Susquehanna Growth Equity has named Jeffrey Moss as a director. Previously, Moss worked at Educational Testing Service, where he served as vice president of specialized education services and chief of enterprise growth.

Teakwood Capital has hired Sam Barrett as a managing director for corporate development. Barrett joins Teakwood from Flowserve Corp, where he worked as senior counsel—strategic transactions and led the company’s corporate development process.