Marion Dakers

The insurer has hired Helen Hislop as chief financial officer and Patrick Dixneuf as chief operations officer for its European arm, with effect from 1 January. Both will be based in Paris, and will work under EMEA chief executive Andrea Moneta. Hislop replaces Tim Harris, who has moved to Aviva as deputy chief financial officer, and joins from General Electric’s global banking division. Dixneuf joins from Allianz, where he was head of group operations.

Kim Honess has joined the consultancy’s health and benefits business as head of flexible benefits, and will be based in the firm’s London office. She has over 13 years of experience in employee benefits, most recently at Towers Watson where she worked as head of flexible benefits consultants. Before this, she held various roles at Gissings and Paymaster.

Clifford Chance
The magic circle law firm has elected Malcolm Sweeting as its next senior partner, to replace Stuart Popham when he stands down from the role in January. Sweeting has been a partner at the firm’s finance practice since 1990, and during his tenure has acted as leader of the London banking group and as a member of the partnership council. His notable transactions include De Beers’ $18.7bn privatisation, the financing of Sir Philip Green’s bid for Marks & Spencer and the recent $16bn refinancing of CEMEX’s debt.

Berwin Leighton Paisner
The law firm has appointed structured finance lawyer Lucy Oddy as a partner within its London team. Oddy joins from Clifford Chance, and has a broad range of experience with UK and pan-European structured finance deals including work with Lloyds, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank. BLP has also recently hired Matthew Kellett as managing partner of the finance department. He has previously worked at Linklaters.

Bircham Dyson Bell
The law firm has hired Nick Holland as head of contentious trusts and estates. He joins next week from Solomon Harris, a Cayman Islands-based law firm, where he held a similar role. He is qualified to practice law in several jurisdictions including British Columbia, Ottowa, the Cayman Islands and England and Wales.