Prupim Asia
The real estate investment company, a joint venture between Prupim UK and Prudential’s Asian fund management business, has appointed Scott Girard as its new chief executive.

Girard, currently chief investment officer at the firm, started his career at ANZ Funds Management in Australia before working at a consultancy. He takes over from Alex Hambly, who will now focus on his role as chief executive of the Pru’s private equity businesses in Asia.

Société Générale
The bank has named Craig Overlander, a respected investment banking industry veteran, as deputy chief executive of its American corporate and investment banking unit. Overlander previously worked for 26 years at Bear Stearns, latterly as co-head of global fixed income. Following the collapsed firm’s takeover by JP Morgan Chase, he became vice chairman of the investment banking division.

Most recently, he worked at Wachovia Securities as global head of fixed income.

Slaughter and May
The law firm has appointed Lisa Chung and Richard Smith to its partnership, effective from 1 May.

Smith works in the corporate team at the firm, while Chung is a corporate and financing specialist who also previously worked in the law division of Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Asia.

BoA Merrill Lynch
The bank has hired Alberto Ades to co-head emerging markets fixed-income strategy and economics and Anne Milne to lead emerging market corporate credit research, according to an internal memo.

Ades joins from Citigroup and will work alongside Daniel Tenengauzer, who is currently head of global emerging markets fixed income strategy.

Milne previously worked at Deutsche Bank.

Omega Insurance Holdings
The insurer has appointed Richard Pexton, the former chief executive of Heritage Underwriting Agency, as its new chief executive.

Pexton replaces Richard Tolliday, who is no longer a director of the company. He joined Heritage in 2002 and later oversaw its 2006 flotation on the LSE.

Matthew Jefford has joined the global agency brokerage and trading technology provider, as vice president of sales.

Jefford most recently worked at Tradeweb and Instinet, where he focused on electronic equity trading sales. He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the financial markets in trading, sales and account management.

The derivative and collateral management consultancy has hired Alan Green as head of legal practice, tasked with managing and overseeing the strategic development of its newly-created legal services division.