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Brooks Macdonald Funds
The fund management firm has appointed Christine Tacon as chairman of UK Farming, its new asset-backed UK farming business. Tacon was managing director of Co-operative Farms from 2000 to December 2011, and an executive board member of Co-operative Food Retail. UK Farming targets investment in existing arable farmland.

Kleinwort Benson
Valentina Tacchino has been appointed head of private wealth management international at the private bank. She will arrive in September 2012. Tacchino joins from Clariden Leu, where she was head of its UK resident non-domiciled team. She has also worked at Schroders Private Banking, where she rose to become director in its international team.

BNP Paribas Real Estate
Paul Abrey and James Russell have been appointed to the UK investment team of the bank’s property division. Abrey joins as executive director from the commercial division of Chesterton Humberts. He previously spent 20 years at DTZ. Russell joins as director from Accrue Capital. He was previously a member of Jones Lang LaSalle’s European capital markets team.

Simmons & Simmons
The law firm has appointed two litigation partners. Tim Boyce and Ed Crosse, both partners at Osborne Clark, will join Simmons & Simmons in the autumn. Boyce focuses on regulatory investigations, commercial lending disputes and fraud claims. Crosse’s focus is on handling financial and regulatory disputes for wholesale investment banks.

The wealth advice business has made two senior appointments to its advice policy team. Kate Turner will head up the team. She joins from Coutts, where she spent 14 years in various roles, including head of private banking. John Richardson, currently head of advice policy at Towry, will become head of retirement planning.

Tower Resources
The Aim-listed exploration company has appointed Graeme Thompson as chief executive. Thompson is co-founder of Sterling Energy, the upstream oil and gas firm, and spent nine years as its financial director, company secretary and ultimately its chief executive. He also previously served as finance director and company secretary at Dragon Oil.

Barclays Bank has appointed Rickie Chan as market head, Hong. He will join on 16 August and report to the bank’s head of wealth management, north Asia. Chan joins from Goldman Sachs, where he was most recently executive director, managing Hong Kong ultra high net worth clients.