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Argonaut Capital Partners
The fund management firm has appointed John Lester as partner and head of distribution. He joins from Neptune Investment Management, where he was head of strategic partnerships. Lester was previously associate director at HSBC Asset Management.

Patrick Boucher has been appointed global head of product management, equity research at the banking group. His new post follows six years as head of research, Americas at HSBC. Boucher is replaced by Ben Laidler, who was head of LatAM equity research and strategy at JP Morgan.

Jo Kaye has been appointed chief operating officer, products services and marketing at RBS’s wealth division. She joins from Barclays Wealth, where she was global head of operational risk. Kaye started her career at the Bank of England.

Berwin Leighton Paisner
The law firm has appointed Justin Cornelius as a partner in its corporate practice. He joins from Nabarro, where he is currently a partner and a funds practitioner. Cornelius specialises in investment funds in the real estate sector.

Jones Lang LaSalle
Claudia Hamm Bastow has been appointed head of Europe, Middle East and Africa workplace solutions at the professional services firm. She joins from DEGW, the consultancy, where she was a managing director.

Troika Dialog
The Russian investment house has appointed Sergei Khaliullin as a director in its mergers and acquisitions executions team. He joins from Alfa-Bank, where he was director of corporate finance. Khaliullin has also worked at Merrill Lynch, Renaissance Capital and Goldman Sachs.