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Grant Thornton has appointed a new head of retail: Barry Knight. Knight brings 20 years’ of financial advising experience in retail, tourism and travel. He has worked for Littlewoods, Burton Group (now Arcadia Group), Sears, Selfridges, Jaeger and Boots. In his new role at Grant Thornton, he will be leading the retail team to serve clients on a range of matters including audit, tax, restructuring and corporate finance.

FoxDavies has made three new hires in its research and market-making divisions. Shahin Amini will be joining the oil and gas research team, working with Lionel Therond on expansion coverage.

Amini has ten years experience in the industry, having worked for Halliburton, BPP Technical Services and Kvaerner Oil & Gas. Paul Singer has also joined as an oil services analyst, moving from Barclays. He has also previously been an equity analyst with BP and ARCO Chemical and has worked for Credit Lyonnais, Enskilda and Morgan Stanley.

Juan Alvarez has also been hired for the mining research team from Golder Associates, where he has worked as a mining geologist for seven years. Previously, he worked at Rio Tinto, Anglogold, Terrasearch and Surtec Geosurveys.

Prime Rate Capital Management
Prime Rate Capital Management, a provider of liquidity and fixed income products, has added Annie Norton as an assistant portfolio manager. She will be reporting to Gary Skedge and joins the firm from MF Global’s fixed income team. She has previously worked at Gulf Internationa Bank and RZB London.

London Pensions Fund Authority
LPFA has appointed three new members to its board: councillor Sir Merrick Cockell, Anthony Dalwood and councillor Stephen Alambritis.