Penningtons Solicitors has boosted its corporate practice by appointing James Klein as a partner. Klein, who was previously a partner with Berwin Leighton Paisner, will lead the corporate team at Penningtons’ City office, bringing the number of partners at the firm to 63. Klein has a strong track record of corporate finance transactions, including corporate restructurings and private equity deals. Recent clients include Tate & Lyle, BT Global Services and Barclays.

Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs Group has hired Andrew Benito from the Bank of England as a senior European economist. Benito joined Goldman’s New York office on Monday, following 11 years at the BoE.

Stadia Trustees
The boutique pensions company has recruited Jason Burman and Gordon Banks from Suffolk Life as head of SIPP operations and financial controller respectively. In addition, Alison Redgewell has been promoted to business development manager.

MKP Capital Management
The alternative asset manager has hired Andrew Quessy as portfolio manager in its new London office. Most recently, Quessy was managing director at UBS in the Proprietary Macro Directional Trading Group.

BNP Paribas
The investment bank has promoted Benjamin Jacquard from global co-head of credit trading to global head of credit trading. Prior to joining BNP Paribas in 2008, Jacquard managed credit trading teams at Bank of America, Credit Agricole and CPR.

The mid-market private equity firm has appointed Yann Souillard as managing director of its Southern region. Yann joined the business in 2004, following seven years working at Barclays Leveraged Finance.

AXA Investment Managers
The asset manager has appointed Irshaad Ahmad as head of UK and Nordics, taking overall responsibility for AXA IM in the UK and Nordic markets. Ahmad also becomes a member of the AXA IM executive committee.

The online gambling firm has appointed Rory Macnamara as a non-executive director of the company and chairman of the Audit Committee. Macnamara joined Morgan Grenfell, later Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, in 1981, rising to the position of deputy chairman.