Mayer Brown
Alexandria Carr, the lead legal adviser at HM Treasury on EU financial services strategy, has been appointed by the law firm to its financial services, regulatory and enforcement group in London. She has worked for the UK government for 13 years, the last five of which were spent at the Treasury.

Close Brothers Asset Management
The division of the specialist financial services group has appointed Frankie Mendoza as head of product infrastructure and strategic relationships. He joins from Legal & General Assurance Society, where he has worked for over 20 years as both operational readiness director and as head of investment services for four years.

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership has appointed Derek McKay as head of finance. He has worked for Lloyds Banking Group for 15 years and was previously head of management reporting and planning for the insurance division. Prior to that he held a number of senior roles within insurance finance.

Alexander Mann Solutions
The recruitment company has appointed John Collington as chief operating officer and as a member of the executive board. He has been director general and chief procurement officer within the Cabinet Office since 2010, and was previously group commercial director at the Home Office.

Paul Hastings
The international law firm has announced that Ugo Giordano is joining the finance practice in its London office as a partner. He has practised in the UK since 1996, with experience in capital markets, securitisation, structured finance, structured products, banking and securities regulation. He leaves Ashurst to join Paul Hastings.

Capital Support
Ray Bricknell, formerly the head of IT at RAB Capital, has been appointed head of technical services at the IT solutions firm. He has worked in the IT industry for over thirty years and his career includes senior management positions at Prudential, Marsh McLennan and Barclays.

The private investment office has set up an advisory board. It will be chaired by Henrique Meirelles, the president of the Central Bank of Brazil from 2003 to 2010, and Bedrock advisor Jeff Keil, the former vice chairman of the executive committee of the Republic National Bank of New York.