Elizabeth Fournier
Hanson Green
The board level search firm has appointed two new directors. Graham Jones and Abdul Bhanji are founder members of The Inzito Partnership, an executive search firm founded in 2009 by partners from Blackwood Group, PwC and Whitehead Mann.

Before moving into recruitment, Jones worked at IBM and PwC, where he specialised in technology, media and telecoms. Bhanji was a partner at PwC in charge of business development.

The law firm has hired Sebastian Daly as a partner in its London real estate tax team. Daly joins from Clifford Chance, where he was a director in the magic circle firm’s tax group. He is currently a qualified barrister, but will requalify as a solicitor to take up his new position.

Duke Street
The independent European private equity firm has appointed Paul Lester as an operating partner. Lester was chief executive of VT Group from 2002 to 2010. Prior to that he was group managing director of Balfour Beatty, chief executive of Graseby and a general manager at Schlumberger. Lester also serves as chairman of Greenergy, Survitec, John Laing Infrastructure Fund and Norland, and sits on the board of Investec.

Gianni Flammini has joined the international real estate adviser as director of its valuation team in Italy. Flammini joins from CBRE Global investors and has more than 15 years experience in real estate advisory across multiple sectors having worked at ING Real Estate Investment Management and DTZ.

The insurance broking and risk management firm has hired Chris Lay to the newly-created position of business development leader for its international division. Lay joined Marsh & McLennan in 1984 and has held a variety of senior positions at the firm. He will remain as head of sales and head of middle market for Marsh’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region for a transitional period.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
The law firm has appointed corporate partners Simon Marchant and Ben Spiers as co-heads of its London M&A practice. The newly created roles will have a two year term and are effective immediately. Marchant has served as the firm’s managing partner for its Asia business, and has also headed up the global energy and natural resources group, as well as the global telecoms, media and technology (TMT) group. Spiers is co-head of the firm’s TMT group, and spent several years seconded to companies including Hewlett-Packard and Morgan Stanley.