HSBC Private Bank
HSBC Private Bank has appointed Katharine Brace as associate director on the media and entertainment team. Brace, who will report to Nick Price, managing director and global head of the media and entertainment group, joins from Barclays Wealth, where she was a vice president in the sports, media and entertainment team. Prior to joining Barclays Wealth in 2008, Brace worked for International Management Group and then Catella Financial Office.

First State Investments
First State, a division of the consolidated asset management business of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, has appointed Mario Maia as a senior analyst in the Sydney Global Resources team. Maia, who will focus on commodities, joins from Merrill Lynch Australia where he was a research vice president and a research associate.

Chadbourne & Park
Michael Socarras has joined the commercial litigation, international dispute resolution and investigations practices in Washington DC. Socarras was previously a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in the firm’s Washington office.

Quercus Publishing
The independent publisher has appointed Paul Lenton, formerly on the senior executive team at Creature London, as finance director. Mike McGrath, Lenton’s predecessor, has taken on a wider role of executive director, group sales, and will oversee all worldwide sales, marketing, rights, co-edition and publicity efforts.

Mirae Asset
The Asian asset-management company has appointed Karl Waltré as head of the Nordic region, based in London. Waltré joins Mirae Asset from Aviva Investors, where he was business development director.

The HR group has appointed Neil Puxley as a partner in its retirement, risk and finance division. Prior to joining Mercer, Puxley was a principal for Aon Hewitt and a partner at Watson Wyatt, where he was responsible for the group’s actuarial division in Scotland.

Oriel Securities
The adviser has appointed Mark Howson to its research team. Howson joins from ABN Amro/RBS Group, where he worked in the support services & construction team for over ten years.

AXA Real Estate
Henrik Bastman, formerly head of asset management for the Nordic retail fund at EFM, has been hired as Nordic head of asset management at AXA Real Estate Investment Managers.