The London office of Baker & McKenzie has expanded its financial services and regulatory practice with the hire of partner Ian Mason, who started at the firm yesterday. Mason, who joins from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, previously worked in the FSA’s enforcement division as head of the wholesale group. He joins a 20-partner European financial services group and will focus on advising and representing firms and individuals facing enforcement action.
The banking group has hired Julian Griffiths as a relationship director in its London real estate team. He will be one of 12 relationship directors, as part of a 44-strong real estate team headed by Fiona Freeman. Prior to his appointment, Griffiths spent eight years at RBS working for the global banking and markets division in London and New York, and he has also worked for Societe Generale. He started his career at Barclays in 1992 when he joined the graduate scheme, before moving into real estate in 1994.
The wealth manager has appointed Christopher Sherwell as a non-executive director of Collins Stewart (Channel Islands) Limited with immediate effect. He has worked as a journalist at the Financial Times and spent time in London and New York as a regional strategist for Smith New Court Securities. He joined Schroders in 1993, becoming managing director of its Channel Islands business in 2000. Sherwell is currently a non-executive director at Goldman Sachs Dynamic Opportunities and Hermes Commodities Umbrella Fund.
Frontier Capital Management
The investment manager has made several recent promotions and appointments. Andrew Cracknell moves up to become head of intermediary business, focused largely on the UK. He joined Frontier at the start of 2007 and became a partner in 2008. Alex Gaitan becomes portfolio manager of the firm’s new global hedge fund, while Nahed Ennasr has recently joined the company as a senior analyst within the investment team.
The fund manager has hired Adam McConkey as head of UK smaller companies, reporting to chief investment officer Dominic Rossi. He joined the firm in 2000 and has over 11 years’ experience in the investment industry. He also holds a PhD in international relations from Loughborough University. McConkey replaces Gervais Williams, who left Gartmore to pursue other interests.