KPMG has appointed Paul Sawdon as UK head of its internal audit practice. Sawdon has been a partner at KPMG for the past ten years, where he has worked on a variety of audit projects, including developing the firm’s extended assurance proposition. He takes over from David Defroand, who leaves to devote himself to full-time client work. Four directors have been recruited to KPMG’s internal audit practice over the last year, while director Anthony Kennedy has been promoted to partner.

Ernst & Young
The professional services firm has appointed two FSA investigators to its fraud investigation and dispute services team. Samantha Carruthers joins from the FSA’s enforcement and financial crime division as a director, and Mary Pickles previously worked on senior management competency cases, financial crime, anti-bribery and corruption, and payment protection insurance investigations.

Aureos Capital
The private equity fund manager has hired Ashish Patel as partner for Asia. Patel previously worked at Intel’s private equity arm Intel Capital, and at AVG Technologies, where he was head of strategy, emerging markets and corporate development.

Covington & Burling
Kristian Wiggert has joined the law firm’s European corporate group as a partner in London. Wiggert, who moves from Morrison & Foerster, specialises in cross-border financings, M&A, private equity and securities.

Old Mutual Asset Managers has appointed Christine Johnson as manager of the £520m Old Mutual corporate bond fund. Johnson joined the firm in September 2010 and has been interim manager of the fund since April 2011.

Ageas Retail
Peter Corfield has been appointed as managing director of the insurance firm Ageas Retail’s subsidiaries RIAS, which provides insurance to the over-50s, and Castle Cover. Corfield previously worked for Zurich and the RBS Group, including its Churchill and Direct Line brands.

The law firm has appointed QC Andrew Oldland to its partnership. He joins the firm’s regulatory practice, bringing the total number of partners to 46.