Argonaut Capital Partners
The European equity boutique with £1.1bn of assets under management has appointed Edward James, formerly head of operations at Octopus Investments, as chief operating officer. Prior to Octopus, James worked at Euroclear, where he led the firm’s expansion into the UK fund processing model and managed the purchase of EMXCo, and at Gerard Asset Management, where he was part of the management team that restructured the business to enable its sale to Barclays Wealth.

The board of Drax Group has appointed Paul Taylor as an executive director, in the capacity of retail and trading director. Taylor, who joined Drax in July 2005 as head of trading, rising to director of retail and trading, is a member of the company’s executive committee and chairman of the group’s electricity supply business, Haven Power Limited.

The stockbroker has appointed Stuart Gledhill, previously of Panmure Gordon and BDO Stoy Hayward, to its equities corporate finance division.

RBC Capital Markets
The investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada has appointed Christiane Schuster, formerly of MF Global, as a managing director and head of non-investment grade credit sales and trading. Steven Chapman, formerly of Lehman Brothers and Chase Manhattan Bank, also joins as a director and high yield analyst.

The commercial finance company has appointed John Offord as regional sales director. Offord previously ran his own broking and consultancy business before joining Ultimate Finance as regional director.

The investment manager has made two hires to its UK institutional sales team, based in London. Simon Bentley joins from UBS Global Asset Management as client director and Simon Mooney joins from Psolve Asset Solutions as institutional sales director.

The law firm has appointed Philippe Thomas, fomerly a partner at Hogan Lovells, as a partner in its employment law practice in Paris. Thomas specialises in advising on all aspects of French employment law.

Rosanna Burcheri will complete the global select team at Artemis Investment Management when she joins on 3 October. Burcheri will join from FrontPoint Management, where she is a partner and pan-European fund manager.