Baker Tilly acquires NY accounting firm

PE Manager tracks third party service providers: law firm Latham & Watkins have developed an app to cut through industry jargon, eFront heads down under and Baker Tilly expands its presence on the US East Coast.

• Accounting firms Baker Tilly and Holtz Rubenstein Reminick are merging, with Holtz's offices in Manhattan and Long Island providing the platform for Baker Tilly's New York practice. Beginning in June the two will operate under the name Baker Tilly Virchow Krause

• Law firm Latham & Watkins has launched an M&A jargon buster app. The Book of Jargon – Global Mergers & Acquisitions app provides an interactive glossary of M&A and private equity slang. The app is available as a free download on the iTunes App Store and can be used on iPhone, iPod and iPad devices.

• Fund administration group Apex Fund Services has appointed Elliott Brown to the newly created position of managing director, Americas. Prior to this role Brown spent 18 years at JP Morgan, most recently leading the bank’s hedge fund administration business. 

• State Street’s fund administration arm, State Street Global Services, has hired Markus Steiner to lead the business in Switzerland. Steiner, formerly head of UBS Fund Management Switzerland, will replace René Charrière on 1 July. Charrière will remain at the firm in a senior relationship management role for certain Swiss-based clients.

• Appleby, an offshore fiduciary and administration service provider, has bolstered its Guernsey funds team with two senior appointments. The firm’s global head of funds, Ian Gobin, will move from Cayman to lead the global funds practice from Guernsey. Gobin will be joined by Deborah Poole, who is returning to Appleby, from rival firm Walkers, as partner.

• Jersey-based fund administrator Moore Group has appointed Clive Snowdon as group managing director. Moore, who previously spent more than six years as head of risk control and operations for Mitsubishi Corporation Finance, will replace Ian Moore, who takes up the new position of executive chairman.

• Software provider eFront has opened up its first office in Australia. The Sydney office will focus on work for clients in the Asia-Pacific area as the firm looks to expand in the region.

• Alter Domus, a fund administration firm, has announced that it will be offering a depositary service in Luxembourg. Private equity firms that must comply with the Alternative Investment Fund Managers directive are required to use a depositary to safeguard fund assets.

CTPartners has poached Jeremy Zeman from rival recruitment firm Heidrick & Struggles. Zeman, who will be based in Chicago, will be a partner in the firm's financial services practice focusing on several industries, including private equity and asset management.