Office of Fair Trading
The consumer watchdog has appointed Sheldon Mills, a senior associate at law firm SJ Berwin, as its new director of mergers, effective from 15 February. Mills joined SJ Berwin in 2006 from rival Jones Day.
Simon Holmes, head of EU and competition at SJ Berwin, said: “While we will miss him, Mills’ appointment is a credit to the excellent merger experience he has had over the last few years.”

Emmanuel Pezier is to join UniCredit’s corporate and investment banking as a managing director for the financial institutions group (FIG) and financial sponsors in equity capital markets.
Prior to his appointment at UniCredit, Pezier was a principal and partner at alternative asset manager ACP, where he was responsible for raising capital for its various funds and managed vehicles.

He also previously worked as head of equity capital markets at Bear Stearns from 2004 to 2007.

WSP Environment & Energy
The risk solutions provider has hired Dr Isabel Boira-Segarra as a director in charge of its renewable energy team, based in London.

Boira-Segarra has joined as a renewable services director from Mott MacDonald, where she was most recently head of its renewable energy team.

She has 13 years of experience in the renewables industry, having advised on numerous complex infrastructure projects worldwide.

Pinsent Masons
The law firm has poached Matthew Morgan from rival DLA Piper to lead its banking team in Manchester.

Morgan has been a partner at DLA Piper for the past five years and has been a key adviser to the likes of RBS, Barclays and HSBC.

He has also worked on some of the largest corporate projects in the region in recent years, including discount retailer Matalan’s £817m public-to-private transaction and the renegotiation of banking facilities for car dealership Lookers.

Santander Corporate Banking
The bank has hired Mark Lonsdale as a director for trade finance in the North of England region.
Lonsdale has 22 years of experience in commercial and corporate banking, having previously worked at Barclays as director of trade finance in the North.

Coutts & Co
The private bank has appointed Ian Copley as a senior private banker, based in its Leeds office.
Copley joins from Bank of Scotland Investment Service and brings with him over 20 years of experience within the financial sector, latterly advising private banking clients on their personal wealth management. Prior to that, he held the role of head of training, recruitment and professional development.