The San Francisco merchant bank Thomas Weisel Partners LLC said Thursday that it had lured two senior investment bankers from rival firms, including a 12-year veteran of Hambrecht & Quist Group.

Mark Shafir, the head of global technology investment banking at Merrill Lynch & Co. in San Francisco, was named a partner at Weisel Partners, and is co-director of the firm's investment banking and mergers and acquisition practices. He started in his new position Thursday.

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