Michael Andrew has been elected chairman of KPMG International to lead the firm’s global network for a four-year term, effective from 1 October. He succeeds Timothy P Flynn, who will retire at the end of September after 32 years with the company. Andrew, who will be based in Hong Kong, is currently chairman of KPMG Asia Pacific and KPMG Australia. He was elected to his new role unanimously by KPMG International’s Global Board and Council.
Varun Gupta has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a US partner and head of the Russian capital markets practice, based in Moscow. Gupta has been based in Moscow since 2003, most recently as a US partner at Allen & Overy LLP, where he has developed the Russian equity capital markets through a number of IPOs, including listings of Russian companies on the London and New York Stock Exchanges.
The board of Punch Taverns has appointed Roddy Murray as finance director designate for its Spirit business, which the group is proposing to demerge later this year. Murray, who will join Punch from BSS Group on 23 May, will take a seat on the board alongside his role as finance director on completion of the demerger.
Nicholas Tanner has joined MF Global as head of Asian sales in London. Most recently, he worked in portfolio management at Boyer Allan; prior to that, he was an executive director at KBC Financial Products and a partner at Cazenove & Co.
Paul Rostas will join the independent investment bank on 1 June as head of alternative investments and property. Rostas joins from ICAP, where he led the property derivatives team for the past five years. Prior to that, he was head of European equity sales at JP Morgan Securities.
The global currency manager has appointed Monica Fan as head of business development. Fan will join on 16 May from State Street Global Advisors, where she is global head of currency product engineering.
The accountant has promoted Anjali Kothari and Jon Dawson to partner, based in the firm’s City office. Kothari specialises in the schools and charities sectors and Dawson specialises in advising law firms, media businesses and financial services firms.
Martin Lambert, formerly of Ernst & Young, has joined as tax partner in the corporate and international group of Grant Thornton. Lambert has worked with clients in sectors including manufacturing, real estate, construction and hospitality.