Downing LLP has made seven appointments to its investment team, particularly focusing on the energy and property sector. The three energy sector specialists are Investment Director Vaggelis Tsesmelidakis, Technical Asset Manager Ana Knight and Investment Executive Amar Amin. Jonathan Lloyd-Evans, Daniel Cheung and Michael Joseph also join as Investment Executives, and Hannah Kenny from Funding Circle for the firm’s new Downing Development Finance (DDF) Property Bond.
Turgot Asset Management has appointed Benoit Delaire as Fund Analyst and Assistant Portfolio Manager. Delaire was previously a junior Portfolio Manager at Montpensier Finance.
BNP Paribas Asset Management’s fund selection arm FundQuest Advisor has hired Stéphane Rouillon as CEO, in line with the departure of Stéphane Pouchoulin who left in December 2017.
Greg Coffey is preparing to launch his first hedge fund since exiting the industry in 2012 and has leased offices in Belgravia and selected a number of prime brokers.
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Nomura Holdings Inc has hired Charlie McElligott as an MD and Cross Asset Strategist for their global markets business. He moves from RBC Capital Markets.
Swiss bank Vontobel, has poached rival Leonteq’s Hong Kong boss, Long Lee to bolster its investment banking arm in Asia.
Swiss Re Asia has opened its new regional headquarters in Singapore and announced the composition of the board of directors in the region, naming Lim Siong Guan to Chairman of the board of the Asia business. Four more external members also join the regional board: Urs Buchmann, Vice-Chairman for Greater China at the Hong Kong branch of Credit Suisse; Raymond Chien, Chairman of Hang Seng Bank; Masaaki Shirakawa, Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University and former Governor of the Bank of Japan Deanna; Ong Aun Nee, Chief People Officer and MD at GIC.