Hogan Lovells
The law firm has boosted its banking team by hiring Stuart Brinkworth from rival SJ Berwin.

Brinkworth is a partner at SJ Berwin, where he specialises in leveraged buy-outs, public bids, trade purchases and recapitalisations. He recently acted on key deals including advising lenders to Manchester City FC in connection with the £210m Abu Dhabi takeover and advising RBS, Lloyds and Allied Irish banks on Bridgepoint’s £281m offer for Care UK.

Clifford Chance
The legal giant said yesterday that it would transfer corporate partner Nigel Wellings from its London office to Dubai.

Wellings has worked as a partner in the firm’s corporate team since 2006, covering domestic and cross-border M&A, public takeover offers, listing and general corporate advisory work.

He specialises in the infrastructure and mining sectors and previously advised Chinalco on its aborted tie-up with Rio Tinto.

The real estate investment management company has hired Mark Gabbay as chief investment officer for the Asia Pacific region.

Gabbay joins LaSalle after over 12 years based in Asia, most recently with Lehman Brothers (and then Nomura) as co-head of Asia Pacific real estate.

Pictet Funds
The fund distribution arm of Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie has hired Simone Gallo as a sales manager for the North American and cross-border distribution team, based in London.

Gallo was most recently head of global partners and EMEA third party distribution at Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

Turcan Connell
The law firm, which provides combined investment management, legal, tax and financial planning services to high net worth individuals, has launched a new investment advisory board.

The board will be chaired by Lesley Knox, chairman of Alliance Trust. She is joined by fund manager Jan Luthman, GLG Partners hedge fund managers Karim Abdel-Motaal and Bart Turtelboom, and renowned Japanese equity investor Michael Thomas, previously of Martin Currie.