Peel Hunt
The independent full-service broking and advisory house has announced the appointment of Charles Batten. Batten is a highly regarded name in UK mid and small cap corporate advisory with over 30 years’ experience in M&A, corporate broking and equity capital markets at Lehman, Dresdner Kleinwort and Investec. He said: “Since the buy-out in 2010, Peel Hunt has grown a compelling equities platform across the UK mid and small cap space.... I look forward to working with them.”

DC Advisory Partners
The pan-European corporate finance advisory firm has appointed a third managing director to its debt advisory group. Sergio Ronga will be responsible for providing advice on infrastructure and social service transactions. Ronga’s 14-year career in finance includes almost six years with Macquarie, where he was a managing director in the debt advisory team.

Irwin Mitchell
The law firm has appointed Jayne Schnider as corporate real estate partner. Schnider joins from Taylor Wessing where she is currently a corporate partner. Schnider's primary focus over the past 10 years has been on corporate real estate transactions.

KPMG’s international real estate practice has appointed Stephen Barter as chairman. Barter was previously UK chief executive of Qatari Diar, part of the Qatar Investment Authority, and has held senior roles at Grosvenor and

Richard Ellis (now CBRE). Barter will be based in London and will focus on expanding KPMG’s international client base and growing the real estate advisory business.

Ropes & Gray
The global law firm has announced that Anand Damodaran will be joining the London office as a partner in its private investment funds group. Damodaran will join Ropes & Gray from White & Case where he was a senior associate in its funds practice. He follows partner Matt Judd, who joined the firm’s London practice in February of this year and with whom he has worked for a number of years.

The Japanese investment bank has named company veteran Koji Nagai as the new head of its securities business as part of a reshuffle aimed at bolstering management of its struggling global operations.

Marex Spectron
The private broker has hired Willie Sim as head of foreign exchange for Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore. It also hired Simon Durno, Kelvin Jouhar, and Hetal Patel in its foreign exchange team in London and Anna Dahan in Geneva.