The mobile financial services provider has appointed Luciano Martucci, the former chairman of IBM Italia, as a non-executive chairman. In addition, Petter Neby, chairman of Neby & Jahrmann, a cornerstone investor in Vipera, has been appointed as a non-executive director, and non-executive chairman John Defterios has resigned from the board.

Sinclair IS
The pharma company has appointed board member Grahame Cook as non-executive chairman. Cook succeeds John Gregory, who has stepped down as chairman and from the board of directors following the merger of Sinclair Pharma and IS Pharma.

DLA Piper
Alexander Sarac has been appointed as legal director to the law firm’s energy team. Prior to joining DLA Piper, Sarac was general counsel of EcoSecurities Group, a subsidiary of JP Morgan Chase, where he managed the global legal team based in offices across China, Malaysia, Brazil and the UK.

Fleming Family & Partners
The wealth manager has appointed Bill Emmott, the former editor-in-chief of the Economist, as group economic adviser. Emmott is currently on the chairman’s advisory board of Swiss Re and a trustee of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Collins Stewart
Collins Stewart Wealth Management has hired a three-strong advisory team from Barclays Wealth. Tony Akrasi, Andrew Little and Turon Miah, who join as stockbrokers, will join Collins Stewart Wealth Management’s London advisory desk.

Jones Day
The global law firm has hired Paul Exley as a partner in its energy practice, and John Ahern as a partner in its financial institutions practice. Exley joins from Simmons & Simmons and Ahern joins from Addleshaw Goddard.

Renaissance Capital
The investment bank has appointed Mert Yildiz as Turkey and emerging Europe economist. He joins the firm from Kuwait China Investment Company and has also spent time at ING Bank in Istanbul.