The accountancy giant has taken on banking veteran Martin Allison as a director to head up its debt advisory services team in the North.

Allison started his career at NatWest before working his way up the ladder to become head of international banking services at RBS until 2008. He has recently pursued a more diverse portfolio of interests, including joining the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association to head off the organisation’s slide into bankruptcy.

The broker dealer has added five new sales traders to its London team, in the form of Adrian Maydew, Raphael Levy, Paul Benton, Greg Levett and Alex Clegg.

Maydew joins from ABN Amro/RBS after seven years as a director in the event driven prop trading team, while Levy, Benton, Levett and Clegg all join from brokerage Pali International. Levy was a director specialising in equity sales trading, and the other three were sales traders in the event driven team.

Société Générale
The bank has appointed Mario Cortesi as head of global finance for Italy.

Cortesi, who reports to global head of finance Jean-Luc Parer, has led a 17-year career in investment banking to date. He has held a number of senior roles in the capital markets and structured finance divisions at Morgan Stanley and Citigroup in London.

Julius Baer
The Swiss private bank has named Georg Hess as its new head of public affairs, effective from October.

Hess has been a member of the cantonal government of the Canton of Schwyz since 2000 and stepped up to its presidency in July 2008.

Group chairman Raymond Baer said: “[Hess] is a very well-connected politician with an in-depth knowledge of the Swiss economic and political landscape. With his support, we want to cultivate an even more active dialogue with political decision-makers and to help shape the framework conditions for the Swiss financial centre.”

Stewarts Law
The specialist litigation business has hired Paul Brehony as a new partner in its commercial litigation department.

Brehony was formerly a senior solicitor at PwC Legal, where he led the UK commercial litigation team. He has also previously worked for five years apiece in SJ Berwin’s dispute resolution department and in the commercial litigation team at Simmons & Simmons.

He specialises in complex international and domestic commercial litigation, arbitration, and alternative dispute resolution, often in a multi-jurisdictional context.

Hailsham Chambers
The civil and commercial legal set has appointed Richard Rodger as its new head of marketing.

Rodger joins immediately from his previous role at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, where he has worked since 2002.