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BlackArch Partners has opened a regional office in Houston. John Bresnahan, a former Duff & Phelps Securities managing director, is joining to build out the Houston office. BlackArch is a mid-market investment bank based in Charlotte, N.C.

Simon Clark has been named chairman of the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. Clark is managing partner at Fidelity Growth Partners Europe.

The investment bank Livingstone has added seven new principals to the firm. They are Andrew Bozzelli, Ryan Buckley, Karl Freimuth, Joe Greenwood, Andrew Isgrig, Jim Moskal and Tom Lesch.

Chicago-based advisory firm Marathon Capital has added Tim Meyer as a managing director. He will focus on for expanding the firm’s investor contacts and private placement capabilities across the pension, endowment, foundation and institutional debt and private equity channels, the firm said in a statement. Meyer has worked previously in various roles at firms including Duff & Phelps, CRT Capital and BMO Capital Markets.

Susan Kasser has joined Neuberger Berman as a managing director head of private debt at Neuberger Berman Alternatives. Kasser joined Neuberger Berman in March and is based in New York. Most recently, Kasser was with the Carlyle Group, where she was a founding member of Carlyle Mezzanine Partners.

Chicago lender NXT Capital has launched a new business: NXT Capital Equipment Finance, which will offer loans and leases of $2 million to $20 million to finance new and used equipment for mid-market companies. The new business will be led by Michael Gay. NXT also announced that Stuart Smartt has joined the company as a managing director and head of health care for the corporate finance group. Smartt joins NXT Capital from CIT, where he was a director in the company’s health care group.

Tommy G. Thompson, who served four terms as governor of Wisconsin and served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services under president George W. Bush, has accepted an appointment as chairman of the board of Poliwogg Holdings effective immediately. Poliwogg is developing an online marketplace that matches emerging privately held companies with individual accredited investors

The Pritzker Group has hired David Hirsch as vice president, operations. Hirsch previously served as a manager in Crowe Horwath’s transaction services practice.

Mary Schapiro, the former chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, has joined Promontory Financial Group as a managing director and chairman of its governance and markets practice. Schapiro was SEC chairman from 2009 to 2012. Promontory is based in Washington, D.C.

Jeremy Dickens has joined Shearman & Sterling’s private equity practice as a partner in New York. Most recently, Dickens was a member of the private equity practice at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, where he was co-founder and co-head of its global capital markets practice.

Mid-market mergers and acquisitions firm Woodbridge International is opening an office in Pune, India. The new office will serve Woodbridge clients throughout India and will be led by senior M&A advisers Darshan Rathod and Vaibhav Sundecha, along with Woodbridge vice president Jitender Chopra, who is based in New York.