London Market Group
London Market Group has appointed Chris Beazley as its first permanent CEO. Chris will take over from Ben Reid, who was seconded from EY as interim CEO. Ben will return to EY where he has been promoted to become an executive director. Chris Beazley is currently head of strategy and global clients for MS Amlin’s Reinsurance Strategic Business Unit. He will be seconded from MS Amlin to the LMG for a period of three years. He joined Amlin in 2007 to start up the group’s Singapore operation as managing director and principal officer. Returning to the UK in 2010 he undertook underwriting management roles within the London marine and reinsurance businesses before being appointed to his current role. He joined the industry in 2001 as an energy broker with Willis based in London as well as the US.
Accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has has named UK-based tax partners Wendy Walton and Richard Montague as head of BDO global private client services and chair of BDO’s global private client strategy group respectively. Wendy is a senior tax partner in private client tax services in UK. She advises high net worth individuals on their worldwide tax position, with an emphasis on non-domiciled individuals and UK and international families with complex tax issues. Richard is a partner in private client tax services in London and heads the firm’s international private wealth offering.
Winston & Strawn
Winston & Strawn has appointed Matthew Bate as a partner in its international arbitration practice in London. Matthew, who comes to Winston from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, advises and represents parties in relation to international commercial arbitrations, as well as investment treaty arbitrations. He started his career in New York and has practiced almost exclusively in international arbitration for over a decade. His practice has a particular focus on complex, high-value disputes involving foreign direct investment, major infrastructure projects, joint ventures, and cross-border transactions in the energy, mining, telecommunications, technology, financial, and transportation sectors.
Walker Crips, the investment and wealth management group, has bolstered its board expertise with the appointment of Guy Jackson as executive director to the board and as company secretary. Guy will be responsible for the management of detailed governance over all regulatory and compliance functions at Walker Crips. Formerly head of compliance at Nutmeg Saving and Investment and NewSmith Asset Management, Guy brings with him over 25 years’ experience from senior compliance roles in the investment industry.
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