UPDATE 2-Bank of America hires M&A banker Mee from Nomura

Tue Sep 7, 2010 6:38pm EDT

* Mee to join Merrill in Dec. as international M&A head

* Nomura names McNaught, Fisk as new heads of EMEA M&A

* McNaught, "Red Knights" adviser, joined in Tricorn deal (Adds details about Mee's role; details on McNaught, Fisk, Noblet appointment; New York dateline)

By Quentin Webb and Megan Davies

LONDON/NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Adrian Mee, Nomura's (8604.T) top European mergers and acquisitions (M&A) banker, has left to rejoin former Lehman Brothers colleague Christian Meissner at Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) Merrill Lynch.

Mee will join BoAML as international head of M&A in December, according to a Bank of America memo.

His role as international head encompasses the regions outside the Americas -- namely Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific. Mee will be based in London.

Bank of America's head of global M&A is Jeffrey Kaplan, based in the United States.

Mee had been global co-head of healthcare at Morgan Stanley (MS.N) before joining Lehman Brothers in 2006, remaining after Nomura Holdings Inc took on Lehman's European operations.

He advised Britain's International Power Plc IPR.L on the tie-up with GDF Suez SA (GSZ.PA) of France agreed in August. [ID:nLDE67818J]

Bank of America also said in the memo it appointed Philip Noblet as co-head of EMEA M&A, alongside and reporting to Adrian, as head of International M&A. Noblet was most recently head of EMEA Industrials M&A and previously co-head of EMEA Financial Sponsors, the memo said.

Nomura spokesman Patrick Meyer said Mee's role, as head of M&A for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), would now be shared by Andrew McNaught and Adrian Fisk.

McNaught, 47, joined in December when Nomura acquired boutique Tricorn Partners. Newspaper reports named him as one of the bankers who advised the "Red Knights," a group of wealthy soccer supporters that considered buying Manchester United. McNaught previously worked at Lazard Ltd (LAZ.N) in London and Frankfurt.

Fisk, 44, a Lehman alumnus, advised brewers Heineken NV (HEIN.AS) and Carlsberg A/S (CARLb.CO) on the 2008 takeover and break-up of Scottish and Newcastle. Fisk was previously head of Nomura's consumer M&A business for the EMEA region.

Meissner, Nomura's former deputy global head of investment banking, joined BoAML in July as head of investment banking for EMEA.

It was not immediately clear what role Carlo Calabria, BoAML's current head of international M&A, will now take.

BoAML ranks fifth worldwide for announced M&A this year, according to Thomson Reuters data, with $244 billion of deals. Nomura is 18th with $96 billion.

In London, BoAML's other recent hires include Julian Mylchreest and two other senior energy bankers from Citigroup and private-equity banker Rob Firth from Deutsche Bank. (Reporting by Quentin Webb in London and Megan Davies in New York; editing by David Holmes and Andre Grenon)

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