Coutts Private Office
Rupert Allison has joined Coutts Private Office as senior client partner from after three years with HSBC private bank as a relationship manager/ director.

At Coutts, Allison will advise high-net-worth individuals whose assets top £30m and will report to global head of Coutts private office, Duncan McIntyre.

Allison also spent 15 years at Barclays Wealth in a variety of roles.

Norton Rose
Commercial law firm Norton Rose has bolstered its Singaporean insurance practice after hiring Anna Tipping from rival firm Linklaters.

Tipping will join Norton Rose as a partner initially in the firm’s London headquarters, before she transfers to the firm’s Asian office in six months time.

She advises on both life and general insurance matters, and has experience advising on regulatory, corporate insurance programmes, reinsurance treaty wordings and general commercial transactions.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has elected Pat Newberry as president of the management consultancies association, the representative body of management consultancy firms in the UK.

Newberry has worked at PwC for over three decades and has 20 years experience in the financial services industry.

He is currently UK head of private sector consulting, but has also led the global insurance, global actuarial and UK Financial Services consulting practices.

The management consultancy association at PwC advises 56 member companies that comprise around 70 per cent of the UK consulting industry, estimated to be worth £9bn in 2008, employ more than 40,000 consultants and work with over 90 of the top FTSE 100 companies and almost all parts of the public sector.

DFJ Esprit
The European venture capital firm has announced the appointment of Mikko Suonenlahti, who joins as a senior adviser and will focus on investments in the B2B and B2C software, bio-IT, energy efficiency and med-tech. Suonenlahti joins with 25 years experience of global management in business building, of which he spent 15 years as a venture capitalist in the Middle East, US and Finland.

He is a partner with 3i in the US and co-founder of SFK Finance Oy.

Prior to working in venture capital Suonenlahti’s career includes roles with venture backed 3D Computing Oy, Nokia Data Oy, Unisys European headquarters in London and McKinsey.

He holds a MBA from the Helsinki School of Business and a BBA from Portland State University, Oregon as well as an executive education at Harvard Business School.