18 October 2017

Around the house

A weekly round-up of moves around the globe.

Japan International Tobacco (JTI), producers of Camel and Benson & Hedges cigarettes, has recruited John Fraser as regional general counsel for western Europe. Mr Fraser replaces Herminie Simonetta and will report into senior vice-president of legal and scientific regulatory affairs Wade Wright. He previously worked at SABMiller which he left after its multibillion-pound takeover by drinks company AB InBev. At SABMiller, he was in charge of regulatory and industry affairs group and advised the board and executive committee on regulatory, reputation and policy matters. Before this, he was managing partner of the London and Geneva offices of US law firm Shook Hardy & Bacon and previously deputy general counsel at tobacco company Philip Morris International.

Boston Scientific has hired Desiree Ralls-Morrison as its new senior vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary. Ms Ralls-Morrison was most recently employed as senior vice-president, general counsel, corporate secretary and head of the global litigation, government affairs and public policy organisations at Boehringer Ingelheim's US division. Previously, she was general counsel for the Johnson and Johnson consumer group, with Merck Sharp and Dohme also among her former employers. At Boston Scientific, she will become a member of the executive committee, taking responsibility for providing legal counsel across the company's global businesses and functions, as well as overseeing global compliance efforts. Ms Ralls-Morrison will replace Timothy Pratt who announced his intention to retire from the company in April 2017.

Jeffries Bank has recruited Baker McKenzie capital markets head Edward Bibko as EMEA head of investment, legal. Mr Bibko, who joined Bakers in 2000  from Kirkland & Ellis, has been replaced by London-based partner Adam Farlow.

Fannie Mae's associate general counsel Sara Todd has left the bank to join law firm Thompson Hine in Washington DC.She will focus on expanding the firm’s commercial mortgage and warehouse lending practices, with an emphasis on agency lending. She spent over 10 years at Fannie Mae where she was involved in most aspects of the bank's multifamily housing finance activities through its Multifamily Mortgage Business, including lender contracts and loan documents for first mortgage and mezzanine financing, as well as market-rate equity investments and multifamily asset management. 

Healthcare business outsourcing and technology company Cognosante has promoted Spiro Fotopoulos to general counsel. He joined the company in 2015 as associate general counsel. In this role, he provided legal advice and support to all Cognosante business units on a wide variety of matters, and managed all labour and employment-related matters for the legal department. He has more than 20 years of legal experience, serving in both private and in-house practice. Before joining Cognosante, Spiro served as deputy general counsel at CACI International for more than seven years.