Cohen & Co. has hired Constantine Boyadjiev as a managing director responsible for leading the firm's risk management functions. This is part of the company's efforts to expand initiatives across its diverse business lines. Boyadjiev, who will be based in Cohen's New York office, previously served as senior vice president and risk officer covering the North American business operations of KBC Financial Products USA. As a specialist in equity, credit and fund-linked derivatives, he had oversight of the risk management for the company's U.S. trading operations. Prior to serving in this role, Boyadjiev was a vice president in the Credit Markets and Portfolio Risk Management Group of JPMorgan Chase. Here Boyadjiev covered the investment bank's structured finance business, and developed risk methodologies and procedures; established risk management policies; and set and monitored risk limits, among other responsibilities, for JPMorgan Chase's market and credit risk management practice.

A&O has appointed Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer counsel Jean-Dominique Casalta as a real estate partner in its Paris office. Casalta, who was appointed counsel at Freshfields in 2005, focuses on corporate and financial structuring of property transactions and pan-European investment and financing, including the real estate aspects of securitization. The hire is the latest attempt by the firm to bolster its real estate practice. In February the firm's Amsterdam office hired Arent van Wassenaer from Norton Rose. A&O's head of real estate Adam Cleal said the hire was part of an ongoing growth strategy for the department, saying: "The growth of our French practice has been a strategic imperative for some time, and we are delighted to have someone of Jean-Dominique's calibre to help us meet the growing demand from clients for French real estate advice."

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