Ropes & Gray
Monica Gogna has been appointed partner in the law firm’s global investment funds group. She joins from Pinsent Masons, where she was a partner on its financial services team. Gogna has also worked for Clifford Chance, and trained at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw.
Nick Hutt has been appointed interim chief executive of the Russian bank’s investment business. He has been working in its London office since 2008 as chief financial officer of the company’s international business.
L’Oreal UK & Ireland
Hugh Pile has been appointed to the newly-created role of chief marketing officer at L’Oreal UK & Ireland. He was previously marketing and innovation director for Diageo in Vietnam.
Invel Real Estate Partners
The real estate investment firm has announced three appointments. Arnaud Plat joins as chief operating officer and head of investor relations from Brookfield Financial, where he was managing partner. Thanasis Karagiannis joins as vice president from RREEF, the private equity real estate arm of Deutsche Asset Management. Becca Wu joins Invel as an associate from the strategy team at British Land.
The law firm has announced the appointment of Jo Rickards as a partner within its criminal litigation team. She joins from DLA Piper, where she advised individuals and corporates on high profile business crime and regulatory investigations. Rickards represented Andy Coulson in the recent phone hacking trial. Kingsley Napley represented Charlie and Rebekah Brooks.
Prajakt Samant has been appointed a partner in the law firm’s energy & natural resources group. He joins Reed Smith’s London office from McDermott Will & Emery.
The payment services body has announced the appointment of three new independent directors to its board. Sarah Chambers was most recently a director at the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Christine Farnish is chair of the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association. Robert Lerwill is a former chief financial officer of WPP and Cable & Wireless, and a former chief executive of Aegis Group.