Hermes Fund Managers
The fund management group has appointed Chris Taylor as chief executive of its real estate investment management business.

Taylor joins from Australian fund manager QIC, where he has been head of European property for the past four years.

Prior to that, he was at HSBC Specialist Investments as head of European property, and also worked for a lengthy period of time at Prudential in the UK.

The Association of Independent Financial Advisers has appointed Stephen Gay as director general.

Gay has over 25 years of experience in the life and pensions market, having most recently held the position of director of distribution development at Aviva UK Life. He has also worked at Prudential and Standard Life.

In his new role, he will also become director general of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries (AMI) and the Association of Finance Brokers (AFB).

Frontier Capital Management
Investment management firm Frontier Capital has appointed Andrew Cracknell as head of intermediary business, Alex Gaitan as portfolio manager of its hedge fund arm, Global Hedge, and Nahed Ennasr as a senior analyst in the investment team.

Cracknell joined Frontier in 2007 from Close Brothers, where he was sales director. Gaitan previously worked as a senior fund of hedge funds analyst at Redi & Partners, while Ennasr was at Canadian fund management group Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec as an analyst.

Pinsent Masons
The law firm has drafted in Amir Ahmad to boost its banking and finance service offering in the Gulf.

Ahmad will become a senior associate in the Dubai office, focusing on growing the firm’s Islamic finance practice in London and the Gulf; Gulf financial regulatory matters; and Gulf project finance matters.

He was previously at DLA Piper in Dubai.

Stephenson Harwood
Neil Murray has joined the law firm as a partner in the real estate finance team.

Murray previously spent 25 years at Travers Smith, where he headed up the banking group for 11 years and also served on the management committee.

He has particular experience in property finance, acquisition finance, securitisation, projects, corporate lending and restructuring.