Lee Overlay Partners
Philip Lawson (pictured) has rejoined Lee Overlay, the global active currency managers. Lawson has been appointed as a portfolio manager and will be responsible for investment decisions related to client portfolios. He brings with him 18 years of currency experience, most recently working for Barclays Global Investors, working in the client solutions group. He left Lee Overlay Partners in 2006 after six years in trading and portfolio management.

HSBC has named Samir Assaf as chief executive of global banking and markets. He moves up from his position as head of global markets and succeeds Stuart Gulliver, whose promotion to group chief executive was announced in November. Assaf will be reporting to Gulliver and, through his promotion, will become one of the overall group’s managing directors and will join HSBC management board in January.

Assaf has appointed a new leadership team in his division, which will expand to include global capital financing. Jose-Luis Guerrero and Spencer Lake are to be the new co-heads of global markets while the new co-heads for global banking will be Robin Phillips and Kevin Adeson.

CSF Group
The data facility and service provider, CSF Group has appointed Richard King as non-executive director. He brings with him 35 years’ experience working with growing businesses and joins from Ernst & Young, where he was deputy managing partner of UK and Ireland. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the chair of trustees for the Willow Foundation charity for the seriously ill.

Pension Corporation
The risk management solutions provider has hired Jim Collins as chief actuary. Collins will draw on nearly 25 years experience as an actuary to take responsibility for the continued growth and development of Pension Corporation’s actuarial capabilities. He will also be responsible for the implementation of the forthcoming solvency II framework. He moves from Towers Watson, where he was a senior consultant.

Simmons and Simmons
The international law firm has promoted Jeremy Holland to be its managing partner, following a vote by its partnership. Holland replaces Mark Dawkins, who has served in the role for six years. Hunt has held numerous management roles since becoming a partner in 1997 and was made head of the firm’s financial institutions sector in 2005.