Dec 1 (IFR) - Rothschild has appointed Michael Speller as head of debt advisory, North America, a key target for expansion of the Paris-headquartered firm's advisory services.
Speller joins from Credit Suisse, where he was head of leveraged finance origination in the global industrials group for nine years and 16 years overall at the Swiss bank. Before that he worked at DLJ, prior to its acquisition by Credit Suisse, and Bear Stearns.
Rothschild appointed Jimmy Neissa head of its business in North America earlier this year, succeeding Steve Ledoux. Neissa started in his role in September and also worked at DLJ before joining UBS as co-head of global M&A.
Neissa's colleague at UBS, Lee LeBrun, moved to Rothschild at the same time, becoming head of M&A, North America. He had also worked at DLJ before moving to UBS.
Speller starts at his new firm on February 13. Rothschild aims to expand its debt advisory business in North America under Speller's leadership. The firm is very active in this area elsewhere. (Reporting by Christopher Spink; Editing by Ian Edmondson)