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Bargate Murray
Alfred Merckx has been appointed as a partner and head of the City law firm’s newly formed aviation department. He joins from Dubai-based JetEx Flight Support, where he was general counsel. Merckx has extensive experience in business aviation and has served as a partner at Sinclair Roche and Thomas Cooper.

The electronic payments firm has named Kenneth Bonnici as group chief financial officer, reporting to chief executive Alex Mifsud. Bonnici has over 18 years of experience in finance and management, and was previously operations director at Ixaris and director for its Malta office.

Lloyds Banking Group
Matthew Cooke has joined the bank’s wholesale banking division as managing director and head of financial institutions origination for its asset backed solutions team. He joins from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he led its European securitised products origination for five years.

Thomas Miller Investments
Andrew Herberts has been appointed deputy head of private investment management at the asset management firm. He was most recently investment director for Adam & Company, and has served in investment roles at Edinburgh Fund Managers and Scottish Widows. He also spent five years as a commissioned officer in the British Army.

Grant Thornton
The business advisory firm has made two hires to its leasing and consumer finance team. Peter Landers joins as a director from HBOS, where he was head of retail sales. Phil Gerrard also joins as a director. He has previously held management positions at NatWest, Lombard Vehicle Management and RBS.

CF Partners
The commodities risk trading, management and investment firm has announced two hires. Alvaro Ventosa joins from Cygnus Asset Management. He has also worked at Morgan Stanley as a senior trader. Carlo Sbraccia joins from Noble Group. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs as an energy strategist.

Pavel Schachkov has been appointed as a director and private banker in the bank’s wealth and investment management division. Based in London, he will focus on the Russian market. Schachkov was previously a senior banker in Morgan Stanley’s private wealth management division. He has also worked for UBS Securities.