Today's City Moves cover legal eagles, energy and financial planning. Take a look at these movers and shakers:
Global law firm Linklaters has appointed Andy Bruce global head of real estate. Andy, who is currently head of Linklaters’ UK Real Estate practice, succeeds Yves Moreau, who has held the global position since 2011. Andy has worked at Linklaters for 25 years advising on complex deals in the UK and Continental Europe and has led the UK practice since 2012. Under his new remit, he will be responsible for the Linklaters real estate team in eight countries. Andy has extensive experience across the acquisition, financing, development, letting and disposal of all types of commercial real estate both in the UK and Continental Europe. He has led on a number of high profile and complex deals including Abu Dhabi Financial Group’s landmark acquisition and development of New Scotland Yard and Lendlease’s regeneration project at Elephant & Castle.
Opus Energy, the UK’s sixth biggest business energy supplier, has appointed Nikki Flanders as its new chief operating officer. The role will involve overseeing the day to day running of the business, with a view to ensuring Opus Energy’s continued growth at an increasingly interesting time for the energy industry. In addition, Nikki will be responsible for seeing that the company’s broad customer base, comprised of over 275,000 business locations across the UK, continues to receive the highest quality of service. Nikki brings significant business leadership experience to the role of COO. Prior to joining Opus Energy, she spent five years at O2, where she held the position of general manager for the last three years, and has also previously operated in senior roles at Centrica, WHSmith and Marks & Spencer. She has a proven track record of overseeing activities such as product strategy and development, pricing and customer service within B2B markets; all of which puts her in prime position to service Opus Energy’s customer-base.
Fairstone Group, one of the UK’s largest chartered financial planning firms, has appointed Simon Bourke as group development manager, with immediate effect. He will be based in Fairstone’s City office, with responsibility for identifying and engaging with suitable businesses nationally but with a focus on the South East, Midlands and South West. He will work with selected companies to explore their growth and future sale aspirations in order to create high value acquisition opportunities for Fairstone Group. Simon joins from M&A specialist Capital and Trust and has extensive experience ranging from straightforward acquisitions through to advising on complex mergers and opportunities for raising capital.
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