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Renaissance Group has announced that Robert Hanson has been appointed as the first member of its International Advisory Board.

Hanson, currently chairman of Strand Hanson, the boutique investment bank in which both Renaissance Group and Hanson hold significant minority stakes, will advise Renaissance Group on investments, transactions and strategic issues. He remains a non-executive director of the Ivanhoe subsidiary South Gobi Energy Resources.

Rico Pedrett will join UniCredit as part of its equity capital markets (ECM) team by the beginning of 2011. He will be based in London, but will work flexibly across UniCredit’s Western European franchise.

Pedrett joins from CQS, where he spent the last two years, having previously been at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. He will report to Christian Steffens, head of equity capital markets.

ETF Securities
ETF Securities has announced the appointment of Kris Walesby to ETF Securities Marketing as its European head of capital markets.

In his new role, Walesby will be responsible for managing the relationships with the market maker community with the intention of improving the liquidity of ETF products. Walesby joins from iShares, where he was a capital markets business development officer.

Chalkwell Investments
Chalkwell Investments, the Aim-quoted investment company, with a focus on the resource sector, has announced the appointments of Bruce Evers as executive chairman and Reinhold Heus as non-executive director with immediate effect.

Evers started his career in 1983 as an oil and gas analyst at Panmure Gordon, before moving to Laurence Prust, Schroder Securities, Yamaichi International and Investec, where he worked for 12 years. He has also worked as a Corporate Broker at Evolution Securities, Fairfax and BDR Securities.

Heus was the head of global corporate finance division of ANZ Investment Bank before moving to 3i Group as an senior adviser to the board. Since 2003, he has been a director with Faircourt Capital Group. He was previously a business development manager at Royal Dutch Shell.