Savoy Investment Management
The wealth management subsidiary of Syndicate Asset Management has hired James Bowles (pictured). Bowles will be responsible for providing tailored services for the north west of England. He was formerly with Anglo Irish Bank, where he had a similar regional brief, and Levi Solicitors in Yorkshire. The firm specialises in portfolios invested either directly in bonds and equities or in collectives. It is based in London but focused on the north.

PwC has appointed Andrew Packman as head of the firm’s UK pharma and life sciences business. He replaces Andy Kemp and will take up the role immediately.

Packman has been at PwC for more than 25 years and has been a partner for the last 14. He specialises in the pharma and life sciences industry and has led the tax practice in this area for several years. He has been consulted by the government on its recent R&D tax relief policy and the patent box.

Cooke, Young & Keidan
The London law firm has promoted Sinead O’Callaghan to partner and has added James Clarke to its commercial and financial disputes team as an associate.

O’Callaghan has previously worked for Mayer Brown International and specialises in banking litigation, corporate disputes and civil and commercial fraud. Clarke worked formely at boutique litigation firm ELS International Lawyers.

First State Investments
The asset manager has appointed Marco Van Bussel as a portfolio manager in its global property securities team, which manages the First State Global Property Securities Fund. Van Bussel joins the fund’s management from Macquarie Fund Management in London, before which he worked at Fortis Investments in Amsterdam. He will report to Andrew Nicholas.

The insurance broker has appointed five new senior associates, led by Henry Keville. They include Rawden Leigh, Danyalle Brinsmead, Sean Lindsay and Alex Burton-Brown.

The new recruits will develop the firm’s services in hedge fund, private equity, venture capital, real estate and fund management.

The firm employs 3,800 people worldwide.