Aladdin Capital Holdings of Stamford, Conn., announced it has hired Merrill Lynch & Co.'s head of emerging markets syndicate, Carlyle Peake.

Peake, who was a managing director at Merrill, which is now a unit of Bank of America Corp., was appointed chief operating officer of Aladdin Capital LLC and global head of syndicate.

He will report to Neal Neilinger, vice chairman and chief investment officer of Aladdin Capital Holdings, and Steve Mandella, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of Aladdin Capital Holdings, the company said Tuesday.

Aladdin Capital has hired more than 25 people since October and expects to end the year with 125 employees.

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