Smith & Williamson
Finbarr O’Connell, the former managing partner of turnaround specialist Re10, has joined the accountancy and investment management group as a director, bringing the total number of staff in the restructuring and recovery team to 70. O’Connell is a past president of the Insolvency Practitioners’ Association and has 25 years’ restructuring and turnaround experience. At Smith & Williamson he will specialise in areas including fraud and asset tracing, not-for-profit organisations, and commodity trading.

Henderson Global Investors
Phil Wagstaff has been appointed as global head of distribution, effective from January 2012. Wagstaff, who will lead Henderson’s distribution across institutional, retail and hedge fund, has held senior distribution roles at Gartmore, New Star and M&G.

Ashcourt Rowan
The wealth management group has appointed Alfio Tagliabue, an experienced consultant to financial institutions, as group chief financial officer, effective from 9 January. In addition, Richard Sinclair, Ofcom’s Olympic and Paralympics delivery director, will join as chief operating officer on 1 February. Neil Hale and Jeremy Rance have stepped down from the board and have left the company with immediate effect.

Olivier Gaudez has been promoted from global head of loan syndication and trading for Europe and Asia to head of international corporate coverage, taking charge of teams in the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA, coordinating with the heads of Natixis’ local debt platforms and country managers.

Troika Dialog
The full-service CIS investment house has appointed Yuri Aldakimov as cash equity senior trader in global markets, with a focus on Russia and the CIS. He joins from Otkritie Financial Corporation, where he was head of the special situations team; prior to that, he was head of Russian equity trading at Citi.

Hamptons International
Lesley Benwell has been appointed as an associate to run the agency’s land and new homes team in the Thames Valley and Oxfordshire region, based in the Maidenhead office. Most recently, Benwell has managed sales for Laing/Taylor Wimpey, Consero Homes and Tilmore Developments.