BlackRock has reshuffled its Senior Fixed Income team, with deputy CIO of Global Fundamental Fixed Income Scott Thiel moving from portfolio management to a new role as Senior Investment Strategist for Global Fixed Income. Bob Miller, Head of US Multi-Factor Fixed Income, assumes responsibility for Global Government and Global Aggregate Mandates. Michael Krautzberger, moves from Head of pan European Fixed Income, to become Head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa Fundamental Fixed Income. Pierre Nebout will retire and is replaced in his role by Marc Halperin as co-Head of European alongside Philippe Lecoq.
Artisan Partners has hired Oppenheimer star Portfolio Manager Rezo Kanovich as the firm overhauls its Artisan Non-US Small-Cap Growth strategy.
BNP Paribas has strengthened its Multi Asset & Quantitative Solutions team in Amsterdam appointing Mark van den Berg, from Actiam.
PGGM Investments has appointed Gerko Baarslag as Chief Information Officer, a newly created role. He moves from Fugro, where he was as CIO.
La Financière de l’Echiquier has appointed Frédéric Buzaré as the Fund Manager for Echiquier Agressor.
BNY Mellon Investment Management has promoted Sarah Jarrett to Head of Institutional Liquidity Distribution for Europe.
State Street has poached Angela Summonte from BNP Paribas Securities Services to lead its institutional business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
HSBC Global Asset Management has hired two new staff to its London-based fixed income team. Oliver Boulind joins from Aberdeen Asset Management where he developed an asset allocation process for global bond portfolios, and Richard Balfour joins from Barings, where he was an investment manager on the firm’s multi-sector fixed income team.
Hedge fund Criterion Capital Management is shutting down after 16 years in business, the second large fund to announce its closure this week.
Jonathon Jacobson, founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of $12.1 billion equity hedge fund Highfields, is closing the firm.
Aon has merged its commercial risk solutions, health solutions, and affinity teams across Asia and Pacific together into a single Asia-Pacific team, with Geoff Blampied, currently CEO of Aon New Zealand and Chairman of Aon Pacific, as the new division’s Chairman.
Guy Carpenter has appointed Siobhan O’Brien as hHead of the Cyber Centre of Excellence for International and Global Specialties.
Rita Pfahls has joined the German arm of consultant Mercer.
LMM Investment Controlling has appointed Omar El Ashker as Director Business Development. He joins from UBS Asset Management, where he was Director and Advisor for institutional clients.
Private Banking / Wealth Management
Bank of New York Mellon Corp has named Avi Shua as Technology Lead for wealth management. She was most recently the global head of private wealth management technology at Goldman Sachs.
BNP Paribas, has poached Andrew Wong, a senior banker from Credit Suisse, replacing Alfred Tsai, who moved to Union Bancaire Privé.
LMM Investment Controlling has appointed former UBS Client Advisor Omar El Ashker as Director Business Development.
Private Equity / Direct Investment
HSBC has hired seven new bankers to expand its power, infrastructure and real estate businesses as part of a global push to serve clients across these industries, and reshuffled investment banking roles with a handful of internal appointments. Christian Hepp joins from Jones Lang LaSalle as Global co-Head of Real Estate, and Giulio Hoffmann as MD for power, utilities & renewables from Macquarie.
Four other hires will specialize in financing deals in the infrastructure and real estate group including Nicola Free, who becomes MD for IRG in London. Helen Li will become co-Head of IRG in Asia Pacific, working in Hong Kong. Internally the bank, has appointed Oliver Gibert as Global Head of Infrastracture in London. Kara Wang will co-Head the real estate team in Hong Kong, while Robert Todd will be Global Head of Power, Utilities and Renewables, based in London. In Asia Pacific, Chris Hignell will head Infrastructure and Transport, Services and Logistics out of Japan. Stuart Lea and Arturo Recio continue as co-heads of the IRG group globally.