Trevor Birch, the man who brokered Roman Abramovich’s £120m takeover of Chelsea Football Club, has joined the business adviser PKF as head of the London Corporate Recovery and Insolvency team and a member of the Football Industry Group. Birch is the former chief executive of Chelsea, Leeds United, Everton, Derby County and Sheffield United football clubs. He was also chief executive of football media and commercial rights agency Sportfive GmbH.

IFG Group
Evelyn Bourke has been appointed to the board of the financial services provider as a non-executive director. Bourke is chief commercial officer of Friends Life Group, a non-executive director of The Children’s Mutual and the former chief executive of Chase de Vere Investments.

The risk adviser has appointed Alan Capps as a director in the Global Construction practice, based in Hong Kong. Capps, who will advise on complex infrastructure projects in Asia, has worked in South-East Asia since 1990 in director-level positions with construction claims consultants.

Norton Rose Australia
The law firm has appointed four partners to its corporate practice to strengthen its banking, funds and financial services offering. John Moutsopoulos, Zein El Hassan and Paul Humphreys join Norton Rose Australia from Clayton Utz, and Tessa Hoser joins the firm’s banking and finance practice from the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation.

Geo Genesis Group
The emerging markets advisory and investment company has appointed two senior advisers. Patrick De Nieffe, most recently head of UK sales for Instinet, joins the London office, and Francisco Parreira, currently a director of OpenCap Brazil, in which Geo Genesis has a 20 per cent stake, will be based in Sao Paulo.

AMR International
The research consultancy will open a new office in Paris on 5 September to meet demand from French corporates and private equity firms, to be led by French country manager Florent Jarry.

Collins Stewart Hawkpoint
The financial advisory group has appointed Christian de Juniac as a non-executive director, effective from 1 September. De Juniac is a former senior partner and managing director of Boston Consulting Group.