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Ares Commercial Real Estate Corp. has hired Tae-Sik Yoon as its new chief financial officer, replacing Richard Davis, who served in the same capacity on an interim basis. Ares is a specialty finance company that manages mid-market commercial real estate loans and other commercial real estate investments.

London-based Asante Capital, a private equity placement agent, has hired Parik Chandra as an associate in London. Chandra joins from Barclays, where he was a director within Barclays’ corporate banking and real estate restructuring team.

Harris Williams & Co has hired Jason Bass and Frank Mountcastle as managing directors in the firm’s transportation and logistics group. Jershon Jones and Jeff Burkett have also joined the group as vice presidents.

Houlihan Lokey has appointed Linda Maxwell to the firm’s aerospace, defense and government investment banking group. Maxwell is based in Washington, D.C., and reports to Anita Antenucci, senior managing director and head of the ADG group.

Patrick Noonan has joined New York Life Capital Partners to lead their consultant relations effort. He began in early March as a director and reports to Alan Weinfeld, managing director and head of business development.

The Portland, Ore.-based boutique investment bank Paulson Investment Co., the subsidiary of Paulson Capital Corp., hired Brian Hagen as its chief compliance officer and Chris Clark as a senior managing director. Hagen has 20 years of industry experience, including positions as senior compliance examiner at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and positions with FINRA-member firms. Clark has spent more than 20 years working in finance fields including banking and private placements.

Quay Partners, a private equity fund investor and advisory firm, has hired Jeffrey Reed as a partner of its U.S. operations. Reed, who will work with Ian Deas in the California office, joins the firm after 12 years with Pantheon.

The Wall Street Organization, a private boutique investment bank has appointed Rev. Medgar L. Reid to its board of advisers as private placement and new projects adviser. Reid is a business consultant, motivational speaker, psychiatric wellness advocate, disabled Marine Corps veteran and professional trauma and geriatric chaplain.

Waller Capital Partners, an independent investment bank based in New York, has appointed Christine Frank as a managing director. Frank will expand Waller’s presence in the information services and technology sectors and complement Waller’s activity in the digital media industry.