Elizabeth Fournier
Innovate Legal
Specialist commercial litigation firm Innovate Legal has appointed Samantha McBain as head of its dispute resolution practice. Formerly at Lovells and McDermott Will & Emery, she extends the firm’s strengths in commercial disputes, arbitration and regulatory investigations. The firm has a particular expertise in intellectual property but covers a broad range of disputes both in the UK and internationally.

Renaissance Asset Managers
Sven Richter has been appointed to the role of managing director, head of frontier markets at Renaissance Asset Managers, the investment management business of the leading emerging markets integrated investment firm Renaissance Group. Richter joins Renaissance from Templeton's emerging markets group where he gained two decades of experience in working in the fastest-growing markets around the globe.

Software provider Kewill has appointed David Gibbon at its finance chief, with effect from 27 January 2011. David Gibbon joins from Atex Group where he spent the past five years as finance chief. Prior to working at Atex, David held the same role at Tertio Holdings from 1998 to 2002, during which he managed the financial and legal aspects of the company’s management buyout, backed by Apax and Advent International.

Northland Capital Partners
Northland Capital Partners, the full service investment bank, has appointed Zeg Choudhry as head of sales trading in its London office. Choudhry joins from Piper Jaffray, where he was head of pan-European sales trading. Zeg has also held positions at Evolution Securities and JP Morgan over the past 20 years in sales trading, following five years in market making.