UniCredit Group's markets and investment banking division has hired Shawn Pierce as a vice president in its U.S. asset-backed finance group. Pierce will be structuring conduit and term transactions and reporting to group head Robert Fleisher.

Michael Antonicelli has joined Fortis Investments in New York as an ABS portfolio manager reporting to Maryam Muessel, global head of structured credits. In his new role, Antonicelli will be responsible for managing the group's structured credit portfolio. Prior to joining Fortis, the new hire was with WestLB as an executive director (holding roles in the bank's investment management unit and former portfolio management unit) for four years, with MBIA/CapMAC for eight years, and with GE Capital for approximately 10 years.

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