Ben Melling has been appointed partner in the accountancy firm’s London office. He joins from Rawlinson & Hunter, where he spent eight years as a partner. Melling also worked for Grant Thornton for 18 years, and was appointed to the partnership in 2000.
The business advisory firm has announced two senior appointments to its corporate finance advisory team. Anurag Verma joins as a financial services partner from PwC Corporate Finance, where he was most recently a senior member of its financial institutions group. Duncan Chandler joins as a director from Rothschild, where he covered financial institutions across Europe. Chandler also previously held roles at Abbey National.
JP Morgan Private Bank
JP Morgan has announced two appointments to its UK private banking team. Raphael Schlaefli joins as an executive director. He most recently served as chief investment officer at Synergy Asset Management. Patrick Vaccari joins as an associate from Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, where he was an investment adviser on its Italian and Middle Eastern teams.
Simon Hartley has been appointed partner in the law firm’s property litigation and dispute resolution team. He joins from Mayer Brown International, where he was head of real estate litigation. Hartley advises on all aspects of contentious commercial real estate work, with a particular focus on the hotel, retail and leisure markets.
Stuart MacDonald has been appointed as managing director at the alternative investment management firm. He joins from Gems Advisors, and he has also previously held senior roles at Henderson Global Investors, West Merchant Bank and Buchanan Partners.