July People Moves 2017

01/08/2017 News Team

Jersey trust company, Alex Picot Trust, has appointed Solange Rebours to the new role of operations manager. Ms Rebours joined Alex Picot Trust in 2002 and now holds the dual role of operations manager and senior trust officer. 

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has appointed partner Damian Bloom as the firm’s practice group leader for private client. Mr Bloom takes over the role from Jonathan Kropman who, having led the team for 13 years, will remain a key member of BLP’s private client team and continue to focus on client work. Mr Bloom joined BLP in 2005 from Macfarlanes and was made a partner at BLP in 2007.  

At the same time, BLP launched a new family asset protection team, providing cross-border and corporate family law services to high net worth and ultra high net worth clients in both Hong Kong and London. Partner at the law firm Marcus Bearle, who is based in Hong Kong, will lead the team as head of family asset protection, which has been created to support the firm’s high net worth and ultra-high net worth focus globally.

UK law firm Blake Morgan has appointed eight newly qualified lawyers who have successfully completed periods of training with the firm. The firm has hired Amy Fullerton to private law, Charlotte Marshall to employment and Matthew Blakebrough to the corporate team in its London office. Meanwhile, Daniel Conway joins the corporate team, Emma Ferdinando joins employment and Lizzie Dennis joins commercial litigation. Madeline Mould joins employment and Leoni Dempsey joins the real estate team within the Oxford office.

Bond Dickinson Wealth has expanded its private wealth team following the appointment of David Simpson and Damien Slattery. Messrs Simpson and Slattery will join Bond Dickinson's Newcastle office and will be supporting clients across the region as well as providing support to the firm's national network of offices across the UK.

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen has made four promotions in its global dispute resolution and litigation teams. In the Cayman Islands, Peter Sherwood has been promoted to counsel, subject to immigration approvals. Mr Sherwood specialises in cross-border insolvency, restructuring and commercial litigation in the financial services sector. Meanwhile, in the firm's London office, Andrew Chissick has been promoted to senior associate where he will continue to provide British Virgin Islands (BVI) dispute resolution and insolvency advice. Samantha Hoare, a dispute resolution and litigation lawyer in Carey Olsen’s Jersey office, has been promoted to senior associate. In the firm’s Guernsey office, Luke Sayer has been promoted to senior associate. He has much experience in commercial litigation, acting for clients in complex and high value commercial disputes. 

Offshore law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman partner Peter Ch’ng has relocated from Bermuda to Hong Kong to support the growth of the firm’s corporate, banking, reinsurance and investment funds practices in the Far East. Mr Ch’ng has been with the firm for 16 years.

Deloitte has appointed Nicola Roberts as its new head of private client services with effect from July 2017, eprivateclient exclusively revealed. Ms Roberts, who has over 20 years’ experience in providing private client tax services, became one of the firm’s youngest partners in 2011. She leads the firm’s relationships for private clients and has been pivotal in the practice’s success in advising international entrepreneurial clients from around the globe. The firm also announced the promotion of two directors, Ian Goodsell and Shaun Curtis – both who featured in the 2015 eprivateclient Top 35 Under 35.  Mr Goodsell is a director in London focusing on international family office clients and Mr Curtis is a director in Cardiff serving entrepreneurs and their businesses. They both joined Deloitte as graduates.

Offshore fiduciary services provider Estera has strengthened its Jersey team with several key appointments. Melanie McEnery, who has worked for Estera since 2006, has been promoted from client director to executive director. Her principal focus is the management of the Jersey office along with global operational projects; she also provides director services to client structures across services lines within the Jersey office. In addition to Ms McEnery’s promotion, Hannah Le Claire and Luke Philpott have been appointed as administrators and Peter Neuschaffer has been promoted to senior manager of data management and IT solutions.

Global advisory firm EY has promoted 669 people globally to partner. For the third consecutive year, partners from the emerging markets continue to represent more than a third of all partner promotions, making up 36 percent this year (up from 35 percent in 2016 and 33 percent in 2015). 

In addition, EY strengthened its support for family business clients around the world with a series of key hires. Tax and private client services professional Marnix van Rij has been appointed EY global family business leader. Additionally, Helena Robertsson has been named EY family business leader for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). 

2017 eprivateclient Top Law Firm, Farrer & Co, has appointed Rachel Mainwaring-Taylor as a partner. Ms Mainwaring-Taylor was previously a partner at Hunters Solicitors from April 2012 to June 2017, and prior to this, was an associate at the firm for nearly two years.

Hawksford has appointed Wendy Inns as an associate director, with 30 years’ financial services experience, including 20 years in management across wealth planning and trust administration. Reporting to the global head of private client, Ms Inns will be responsible for managing a team of client administrators and acting as a key contact for clients, which include multinational UHNW entrepreneurs and international UHNW families. 

Residency firm Henley & Partners has appointed adventurer Namira Salim to its board of advisers. Ms Salim is the founder and chairperson of Space Trust. She is internationally renowned as the first future space tourist from South Asia and Monaco to go to space aboard the Virgin Galactic. She has undertaken expeditions to the North and South Poles and the summit of Mount Everest. Ms Salim is also the first Pakistani and first woman from Monaco and the UAE (her family base) to have reached the North and South Poles in 2007/08, as well as the first Asian to skydive (tandem) over Mount Everest during the historic First Everest Skydives in 2008.

Five staff from niche UK law firm Hugh Jones Solicitors have been promoted. Tom Young and Sam Firth are promoted to associate in the court of protection and expert witness teams respectively; Fiona Ludkin and Charlotte Pisuto have both reached associate in the private client team with Ms Pisuto having also been appointed to the Law Society’s national private client section advisory committee. Rachel Duxbury has been promoted from paralegal to trainee solicitor. 

2017 eprivateclient Top Trust Company Intertrust has made six senior appointments across its funds, capital markets and corporate services, spanning some of its key jurisdictions. James Donnan has been appointed as head of fund services for the firm’s Hong Kong office, Christine Jacquemart has been appointed as commercial director - fund services in Luxembourg, Harald Thul has been appointed as director of alternative investments services, also in Luxembourg and Michael Johnson has been appointed as head of funds in the Channel Islands.

The company has also made two senior appointments within its headquarters in the Netherlands. Joost Broekhuis has been appointed as executive director of capital markets and funds services whilst Evert Wind has been appointed as executive director corporate services. Furthermore, Alice Read has been appointed as a director to its corporate services team in Jersey.

2017 eprivateclient Top Family Law Firm Irwin Mitchell has promoted family and divorce lawyer Ros Bever as its new head of family law. Having led the Manchester family team at the firm Ms Bever has now been promoted to lead the national team which has 12 partners across the country. Previous head of family law Martin Loxley is retiring but will remain with the firm as a consultant and will continue to work with clients in Sheffield. 

Furthermore, the firm appointed two senior associates and one associate in its national will, trust & estate disputes team. Senior associate Nazia Nawaz, who joins the Leeds office, is a dispute resolution and litigation solicitor, Kelly Wharin joins the Sheffield team as an associate and Stephen Ireland becomes a member of Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth’s Chichester office as a senior associate.

Jersey Finance appointed Dr Gunther Thumann as chairman. Dr Thumann was an economist in the German civil service and subsequently senior economist for the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. Dr Thumann has succeeded Robert Christensen MBE, who resigned as Jersey Finance chairman when he was elected Jurat in January.

Scottish law firm Lindsays has added Peter Murrin as a partner in its private client team in Glasgow. Mr Murrin joined the firm in May 2016 as an associate and has experience in providing advice to individuals, families and businesses on private client matters.

Accountancy firm Menzies has promoted one of its youngest private client specialists to partner level. Craig Hughes, who is based at Menzies’ Heathrow office, is part of a seven-strong private client team which advises high net worth individuals of UK and non-UK domiciliaries. He joined the firm in January 2016 after over a decade working for two ‘Big Four’ accountancy firms. 

Law firm mfg Solicitors has promoted two associates in its private client team and family department. Janna Vigar, a wills and probate expert, has been appointed as an associate within the firm’s private client team, while matrimonial and cohabitation specialist in mfg’s family department, Rupinder Nandra, has also been promoted as an associate.

Trust company Minerva Group has appointed Stephen McCormack as head of Minerva Middle East DMCC, the firm’s office in Dubai. Mr McCormack will be taking on a new role, further strengthening the Dubai management team and will have responsibility for spearheading Minerva’s GCC growth strategy.

The private client team at UK law firm Penningtons Manches has been bolstered with three appointments. Senior associate Louise Lewis joins the firm’s Oxford office and was previously with Blake Morgan. Senior associate James Lewis joins the Penningtons Manches’ London office from Howard Kennedy and probate administration. Kate Caldwell has joined the firm’s London office as an associate.

Former eprivateclient Top 35 Under 35 Sophia Watsham is to join Rawlinson & Hunter, eprivateclient learnt. Ms Watsham – who was named a Top 35 between 2012 and 2014 – has been at EY since 2011 and was promoted to the role of senior tax manager in October 2015. Prior to joining EY Ms Watsham was a private client tax adviser at KPMG for over eight years between October 2002 and January 2011.

Accountancy firm RSM has appointed Chris Etherington as a private client tax partner in its Leeds office. Prior to joining RSM, Mr Etherington trained and then worked for PwC for almost 12 years.

Reputation and privacy crisis consultancy firm Schillings has strengthened its crisis and problem solving business with the recruitment of Jeremy Eakin to its partnership.  Mr Eakin’s appointment takes the Schillings partnership to sixteen. He was formerly a managing director and a founding member of UBS AG’s global family office team.

Smith & Williamson has promoted 13 to partner. Of the 13 promotions, three were made in the firm’s private client tax department which advises individuals, families and business owners on tax matters. Julia Rosenbloom in the private client tax team in Birmingham, Lee Webster and Krista Woodman - based in Salisbury and Cheltenham respectively - have all been promoted.

Family office Stonehage Fleming has appointed Simon Boadle as an executive chairman of its corporate finance business. In this newly created role, Mr Boadle will work closely with Richard Hill, chief executive of corporate finance, and the existing team to provide advice to businesses and shareholders at every stage of the corporate lifecycle.

South East UK law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has added Christopher Walker as an equity partner in its private client team. Mr Walkerhas  joined from Adams & Remers in Lewes where he was a partner and head of private client for the last 14 years.

International law firm Withers has strengthened its international corporate practice in Asia Pacific through the hire of a 12 strong team led by Mabel Lui, who joins the firm as head of Greater China commercial practice.  Ms Lui, who was previously Winston & Strawn’s head of corporate in Asia, has over 40 years of experience on China related matters, including advising the foreign investor in the first Sino-foreign joint venture in China in 1979.  The team also consists of two partners, four associates, three paralegals and other support staff.

At the same time, the firm hired banking and finance special counsel Xanthe Lok to its London office. Ms Lok joins the firm from Gowling WLG, where she was a senior member of the banking team, advising on corporate and real estate finance transactions, usually with a cross-border element. 

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