Karaivanov Joins Lazard Middle Market Financial Institutions Group

Dimitar Karaivanov joined Lazard’s Middle Market Advisory practice as a managing director in the Financial Institutions Group. He will be based in New York.

Lazard Expands Oil and Gas Financial Advisory

Mark Sooby and Harris Ghozali will join Lazard as managing directors in Financial Advisory, effective July 2. Based in Houston, they will advise companies in the global oil and gas sector, including on acquisitions and divestitures.

Frost to Lead Lazard Middle Market Advisory Practice

Lazard named Robert Frost CEO of the firm’s Middle Market Advisory practice, based out of Minneapolis. Frost will succeed David Solomon, who is stepping down as part of a planned succession.

Lord Prior Joins Lazard Financial Advisory

Lord David Prior, the former Under Secretary of State to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Minister for NHS Productivity at the Department of Health, will serve as a senior adviser to Lazard, Financial Advisory, effective immediately.

Thompson Joins Lazard as Senior Advisor

Peter Q. Thompson joined Lazard as a senior advisor and senior member of Lazard’s Midwest Financial Advisory team. His focus will include marketing and network development in the Chicago and U.S. Midwest regions.

Toys ‘R’ Us Winds Down U.S. Business, Will Liquidate 735 Stores

Toys “R” Us filed a motion seeking bankruptcy court approval to begin the process of conducting an orderly wind-down of its U.S. business and liquidation of inventory in all 735 of the company’s U.S. stores.

Lazard Elects Knobloch to Board of Directors

Lazard elected Iris Knobloch to its board of directors, effective April 1, 2018. Current independent director Richard Parsons has been named lead director of the board.

WSJ Financial Editor Berman Joins Lazard

Dennis K. Berman, financial editor of the Wall Street Journal, will join Lazard as a managing director in Financial Advisory, effective February 26.

Lazard Hires Bozzi as Managing Director

Lazard hired Andrea Bozzi as a financial advisory managing director, effective March 2018.

Leoty Joins Lazard as Managing Director, Financial Advisory

Former Citigroup executive Cédric Leoty joined Lazard as a managing director in financial advisory.