Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bob Elfring will join Bank of America Merrill Lynch as head of investment banking for Benelux and Northern Europe in July, where he will be responsible for the growth of the bank’s investment banking franchise. Elfring joins from Credit Suisse where he was head of investment banking for Northern Europe. Prior to joining Credit Suisse in early 2009, he spent eight years at Lehman Brothers, most recently as co-head of the Global Industrials Group.

Merrill Lynch
Merrill Lynch has appointed Alberto Cejudo Podio as a financial adviser, based in Madrid. Cejudo Podio will focus on providing wealth and investment management services to Spanish high net worth individuals and ultra high net worth individuals (UHNWIs).
The world’s largest online takeaway ordering service has appointed Adrian Blair as chief operating officer, where he will lead Just Eat International. Blair joins from music streaming service Spotify, where he was director of European business development. Prior to Spotify, he spent six years at Google.

Jefferies has expanded its global banking business by appointing Peter Bacchus as joint head of European investment banking and global head of metals and mining banking. The firm has also appointed Richard Allan as European head of metals and mining investment banking.

Espirito Santo
Espírito Santo Investment Bank has appointed Anthony Fry as chairman of its UK investment banking operations and senior adviser to the Board of Espírito Santo Investment Bank. Fry’s previous employers include Rothschild and Lehman Brothers.

The asset management and wealth management firm has appointed Alia Yousuf as executive director and portfolio manager for the company’s Emerging Markets Fixed Income UCITS Fund. Yousuf joins from Standard Asset Management, where she ran the firm’s Emerging Market Fixed Income Fund.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Simone Bono, formerly of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP, as a partner in its London finance and US securities practice. The law practice has also appointed Denise Ryan, a specialist in high yield transactions, as senior associate.