Berwin Leighton Paisner
The law firm has appointed James Duncan as a partner, tasked with launching a standalone derivatives practice for the firm.

Duncan has been at rival Linklaters since 1997 and specialises in derivatives and structured products. He recently advised audit firm PwC on the administration of Lehman Brothers.
He has also worked with corporates and investment banks on a range of securitised and OTC derivative products.

WestLB Mellon
The joint venture investment management business has hired Volker Kurr as its new chief executive, following the retirement of Kevin Birch last year.

Kurr joins from UBS Global Asset Management, where he was head of institutional and wholesale business development.

Prior to that, he worked at Cominvest Asset Management, where he was a member of the managing board focusing on institutional business development.

The accountancy firm has appointed David Kenmir to join its UK financial services regulatory practice, effective immediately.

Kenmir joins from the Financial Services Authority, where he held a number of senior roles including as chief operating officer, director of the investment firms division and a member of the regulator’s board.

Impetus Trust
Judith Twentyman, formerly a senior manager in business assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, has joined the UK venture philanthropy group as finance director, working on a pro bono basis.

Twentyman also previously worked for international chemicals group Laporte as group financial controller and volunteered in the not-for-profit sector for Plan UK.

The investment bank has appointed Diane Faulks as head of investor relations for depository receipts services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Faulks has over 20 years of experience in the industry, most recently as a client director at Cantos Communications.

She also formerly held in-house roles at defence giant BAA and jewellery group Signet and was chairman of the Investor Relations Society between 2003 and 2005.

The fund management group has hired John Feely as head of US consultant relations as it beefs up its business in the US.

Feely joins from Fortis Investments, where he spent over five years as director of US consultant relations.

Prior to that, he was director of consultant relations with PanAgora Asset Management and held a similar senior role at investment management firm State Street Global Advisors.