Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has hired Robert Zochowski from Shearman & Sterling for its New York office. Weiss's practice focuses on complex structured finance and securitization deals, specifically films, patent royalties and energy. He was a partner at Shearman for more than seven years. Alfred Youngwood, the chair of Paul Weiss said, "Bob will add significant depth and resources to our finance practice, and will be a tremendous augmentation to our strong complex securitization practice."

Morgan Stanley announced last week that David Spector, who was previously at Countrywide Financial Corp. as senior managing director of capital markets, would join its London office in September to build its RMBS practice in Europe. Last June, Morgan Stanley hired two executives from Fremont General Corp. to start a wholesale unit that will fund home loans in the U.S.

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