Baker & McKenzie
Gavin Bushell, formerly of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has been appointed as a partner in the law firm’s European & Competition Law Practice, based in Brussels. Bushell specialises in EU competition and state aid law, Euratom Treaty law, aviation law and regulation, and litigation before the European Courts in Luxembourg. He was recently involved in the merger cases of Ryanair/Aer Lingus and Rio Tinto/Alcan.

AXA Real Estate
Riccardo Dallolio has been appointed as European Head of Transactions at Axa Real Estate Investment Managers. Dallolio joins after six years at Grove International Partners, where he was a partner responsible for the origination, execution and management of real estate transactions.

Prestbury Investments LLP, the manager of Max Property Group, has appointed Ben Walford to the partnership. Walford, who joins partners Nick Leslau, Mike Brown, Tim Evans and Sandy Gumm, has worked at Prestbury for nine years as a senior asset manager.

Marex Spectron
Kevin Maloney has been appointed as chief operating officer of Marex Spectron North America. Maloney previously worked at UBS, most recently as managing director, chief operating officer and chief administrative officer of Exchange Traded Derivatives and Prime Services business units.

The VAT Consultancy
The independent VAT practice has hired Sarah Franklin, formerly a senior manager in the Core VAT team at Ernst & Young, as a senior VAT manager.

John Lewis
Marisa Cassoni has announced her retirement from full-time executive responsibilities at the John Lewis Partnership, and plans to step down as the Partnership’s finance director after completing the 2011/12 reporting cycle.

The independent investment manager has hired Dave Francis as chief operating officer, responsible for operations, IT and business projects. Francis joins after 20 years at Gartmore, where he was most recently head of operations.