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The leading international law firm has announced that James Collins has been appointed as managing partner, with effect from 1 May 2012. Collins trained at Ashurst and became partner in 2005. He is currently a banking partner in Paris, with particular expertise in cross-border acquisition finance and restructuring transactions. He succeeds Simon Bromwich, who has stepped down to become head of the firm’s dispute resolution practice.

The independent financial advisory firm has appointed Reece Fallaize to its pensions support department. Fallaize is a pensions solutions expert with more than eight years’ technical and market experience. He arrives after two years with The Sovereign Group.

Barclays’ wealth and investment management division has announced that Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas is joining its wealth management UK & Ireland advisory committee. Mayhew Jonas built her career as a City lawyer and was political leader of the City of London corporation. The advisory committee is made up of experienced leaders who act as ambassadors for Barclays. Current members include Ffion Hague, Sir Christopher Howes, Christopher Mathias, Derek Zissman, and Sir Michael Peat.

Alvarez & Marsal
The professional services company has appointed Olivier Dubois as managing director. He joins the company from CMA-CGM, the world’s third largest container shipping firm, where he was group chief financial officer. Dubois has thirty years’ experience in senior management, including posts as chief executive of Theolia, a developer and operator of wind energy projects, and chief financial officer at Technip, the oil and gas services firm.

Signature Litigation
Graham Huntley, one of the UK’s leading financial market litigators and former head of Hogan Lovells’ investment banking and funds dispute resolution practice, has joined forces with senior litigation specialist Helen Brannigan to launch a dedicated commercial litigation practice. They hope the move will take advantage of a soaring demand for commercial litigation expertise in complex, international cases. Huntley is past president of the London Solicitors Litigation Association.

AT Kearney
The global management consulting firm has announced four new appointments to strengthen its position in the global airport industry. Those joining include Simon Morris, director of the EMEA airport practice at LeighFisher, Richard Sharp, former head of regulation and charges at Macquarie Airports, Robert Hoxie and Natasha Page.