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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Alan Ryan has been appointed global co-head of the law firm’s infrastructure and transport sector group. Ryan succeeds finance partner Nick Bliss in the position on 1 May. He will work alongside current infrastructure and transport sector co-head Nils Koffka.

Berwin Leighton Paisner
The law firm has announced that Robert MacGregor has been elected as its next chairman. He will succeed Peter Robinson, who steps down on 30 April. MacGregor is currently head of real estate and will combine his existing responsibilities with his new role for a three year term. Harold Paisner, senior partner, was also re-elected for another three year term.

The social network has appointed Benjamin Ling as chief operating officer. Ling joins Badoo from Google, where he was product management director of search products and local business products. He has also previously worked at Facebook, where he was director of platform. Ling will begin his new role in May.

The Clearing House Automated Payment System has announced Phil Kenworthy’s appointment as its new managing director. Kenworthy joins the firm from CLS, the foreign exchange settlement body, where he has served as director of operations for the past six years. He served on the board of CHAPS and chaired its audit committee from 2008 to 2010.

Gibson Dunn
Nick Tomlinson, corporate partner in the international law firm, is returning to its London office after a four year tenure in the Middle East, where he helped to establish Gibson Dunn’s Dubai office. Tomlinson joined the firm in 2001.

Aquila Capital
The alternative investment company has announced the expansion of its agricultural investment team with seven hires. The new appointments include Andrew Watters and Grant Rowan, who join as partners from AGInvest, the pastoral farming manager. The team will be led by Detlef Schoen, who has headed Aquila’s agriculture investment operations since 2007.

The investment banking and stockbroking group has announced several appointments to its London offices. The new hires include John Mills and Adrian Gardner, who join to service large institutions and small institutions respectively. Prior to joining Numis, Mills worked at RBS and Gardner arrives from Singer Capital Markets.