The financial services group has appointed Simon Elvidge as its new group head of compliance and assurance.

Elvidge has over 20 years of experience in the sector and joins from Numis Securities, where he was head of compliance.

Prior to that, he spent time working at HSBC, Société Générale and at Newedge Group, the joint venture between SocGen and Calyon.

The bank has hired Rick Corbisiero as head of central bank sales in its London-based general financial team.

Corbisiero began his banking career in the early 1980s and has previously held positions as head of central bank sales at the likes of Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and BNP Paribas.

Axa Real Estate
The European real estate manager has appointed Laurent Vouin as head of opportunistic funds, based in Paris and reporting to the firm’s global chief investment officer Dennis Lopez.

Vouin will be responsible for overseeing the management of all of the firm’s opportunistic funds, including the Development Venture III fund, launched in July this year. He originally joined Axa Real Estate in 2002 as head of asset management in France.

Olivetree Securities
The equities intermediary brokerage firm has appointed Ian Brenner to its distribution group to cover key institutional and hedge fund accounts.

Brenner joins from cash and derivatives broker MF Global, where he spent the past seven years, latterly as deputy head of European equities. Prior to that, he was at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein for 16 years.

Hansteen Holdings
The UK and continental European real estate investor has appointed Richard Cotton and Humphrey Price as non-executive directors and Richard Lowes as its new finance director.

Cotton joins from Forum Partners, where he was a managing director. Prior to that, he was head of real estate at JP Morgan Cazenove. Price was previously finance director of Pillar Property and is currently a non-executive at London and Stamford Property.

Lowes has been chief financial officer at Hansteen since 2006.

Roslin Wright has rejoined Mercer as a principal and client relationship manager in the outsourcing business, having spent a stint as a client development director at Aon Consulting.