Nomura Holdings
The Asian investment bank has made a number of changes to its management team. David Benson, Nomura’s former chief risk officer, will become vice chairman of Nomura Holdings. Wholesale president and COO Jesse Bhattal (pictured) will become deputy president of Nomura Holdings and CEO of the Wholesale division, and Yasuo Kashiwagi, currently senior managing director for Nomura’s Retail business, will take on the role of COO for EMEA.

Matt Christensen has been appointed head of responsible investment for AXA Investment Managers, efffective from 2 May. Christensen will be based in Paris and will report to Christophe Coquema, member of AXA IM’s management board and head of markets & investment strategy.
The global advisory firm has appointed John Lasala as a director in its London-based real estate practice and manager of its distressed commercial property fund. Lasala has previously worked at Goldman Sachs and Citi Alternative Investments. He also co-founded National Zoning Group LLC.

The fixed interest boutique has recruited F&C sales director John Magrath as head of retail distribution. Magrath will work closely with Gemini Investment Management, the firm’s current distributor, and will report to managing partner Mark Holman.

Barclays Corporate
Graham Buckland has been appointed as head of London Industry Teams at Barclays Corporate. He moves across from Barclays Capital, where he has spent ten years in senior client and team management roles.

Merrill Lynch
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has appointed John Flavin and Keith Ryan as Financial Advisers. Based in Dublin, Flavin and Ryan will provide wealth and investment management services to Irish High Net Worth Individuals and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, corporate and institutional clients. They both report to Adam Horowitz, Head of UK, Ireland and Israel Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

RBC Capital Markets
RBC Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada, has hired Christophe Duval-Kieffer as a managing director and global inflation linked strategist. Duval-Kieffer joins from Standard Chartered Bank.