<div><strong>DLA Piper</strong></div>
<div>The law firm has elected Janet Legrand, an 18-year veteran of the firm, as senior partner.<br /><br />Legrand succeeds Peter Wayte, who retires at the end of June.<br /><br />She joined the firm in 1991 and specialises in commercial litigation. Her most recent high-profile cases include completing successful anti-corruption proceedings on behalf of the government of the Republic of Zambia against its former president.<br /><br />
<div><strong>Alvarez &amp; Marsal&nbsp;</strong></div>
<div>The professional services firm has appointed Caio Gilberti and Sharon Mann as advisers in its European financial industry advisory services team.<br /><br />Gilberti joins as a managing director, having previously been chief retail banking officer for GE Capital in Europe and head of venture capital and private equity investments for American Express. Mann becomes a senior associate and joins from Citigroup, where she specialised in portfolio acquisition, integration and restructuring.<br /><br />
<div><strong>Baker &amp; McKenzie</strong></div>
<div>The law firm has appointed Calvin Walker as a partner in its banking group. Walker joins from Allen &amp; Overy, where he was a partner in the project finance, energy and infrastructure group. He was made partner at the firm in 1998 and was managing partner of its Moscow office from 1999 to 2001.<br /><br />He specializes on major international project finance transactions and PFI and PPP work, with particular experience in the emerging markets.<br /><br />
<div><strong>Investment Technology Group</strong></div>
<div>Robert Blyth Currie, Neil McCann and James Levy are to join the agency broker&rsquo;s international sales trading team.<br /><br />Currie becomes head of sales trading in Europe, after joining from his position as director of pan-European equity sales trading at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.<br /><br />McCann joins as director of sales trading in Hong Kong, while Levy becomes a senior sales trader based in Australia.<br /><br />
<div><strong>Nautical Petroleum</strong></div>
<div>The oil explorer and producer has appointed John Conlin as non-executive chairman of the company, effective immediately.<br /><br />56-year-old Conlin has over 34 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including a 28-year stint with Shell in various senior management and operational roles.<br /><br />He has also previously served as a non-executive director of Hardman Resources and Delphian Technology, as well as chairman of Fuelture.<br /><br />
<div><strong>IQ Holdings</strong></div>
<div>The business research firm has hired Gale Blears to its board of directors following the resignation of Janette Weir.<br /><br />Blears, 56, is also a director of Viewpoint, which was acquired by IQ Holdings in January.&nbsp;</div>