Irwin Mitchell
The national law firm has appointed Sue Weatherson as its new director of risk and compliance. Weatherson joins from Withers LLP and will report to Irwin Mitchell’s national managing partner, John Pickering. Weatherson will have overall responsibility for ensuring the firm complies with its regulatory requirements and managing risk. She replaces partner Louise Sykes, who will now lead Irwin Mitchell’s Wills, Trust and Estate Disputes team.

Macquarie Group
The banking, investment and fund management services provider has appointed David Fass as chief executive of the firm’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Fass joins Macquarie after ten years with Deutsche Bank in London, serving in roles including European head of Deutsche Bank’s global banking division.

Russell Investments
The equity index provider has hired two new associates to its EMEA index team. Gareth Parker has been appointed as director of index research and design, and Stephane Degroote has joined as regional director of sales. The new roles have been created to support the expansion of Russell’s European index business, following the appointment of Scott Stark to the role of director of Russell Indexes Europe.

Unicorn AM
Investment management company Unicorn Asset Management has appointed Fraser Mackersie as co-manager of its Free Spirit Fund. Mackersie has been promoted from the firm’s Investment Team.

Ropes & Gray
Peter Baldwin is joining the global law firm’s private equity practice as a partner in London. Baldwin joins Ropes & Gray from Jones Day in London, where he was a partner in the corporate group. Prior to that, he was a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

Saxo Bank
Saxo Bank Group has reappointed Steen Jakobsen to the position of chief economist, after a period of two years’ absence where he worked at Limus Capital Partners. Prior to his departure from Saxo in early 2009, Jakobsen was with the firm for almost nine years.