Today’s City Moves includes BGF, FXD Capital and Calastone.
BGF, a UK and Ireland investor in growing companies, has expanded its London team with the appointment of Rowan Bird as an investor. Rowan joins from the M&A team at Lazard where he spent three years working as an investment banking analyst, specialising in basic industries and the natural resources sector. His role at BGF will involve all aspects of the investment process from building relationships with business owners, supporting opportunities through BGF’s investment process and actively working alongside a number of portfolio companies post-completion. BGF has invested more than £370m across 54 businesses based in London since it was set up in 2011.
Money broker and deposit specialist FXD Capital has announced the appointment of Richard Muckle as broker partner. Richard’s career began at Exco International in 2003, before a number of c-suite roles in the hedge fund and family office space. George Dennis has also been appointed broker partner, having joined as an associate in January 2019. George spent his formative years at GVA and then at Lancer Asset Management in Abu Dhabi, and has enjoyed early success within the business among the airline and real estate sectors. FXD Capital works with corporates, institutions, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations, helping clients to enhance liquidity, diversify counterparty risk and maximise yield. Through its extensive and diverse network of banks and financial institutions, FXD Capital bridges the gap between depositor and bank, offering clients access to a wide range of term peposits, notice accounts and money market funds.
James Donaldson has been appointed chief financial officer (CFO) at Calastone, the global funds transaction network. James brings significant experience to Calastone having previously served as CFO of the George Soros-backed digital solutions provider Ciklum, leading all aspects of finance, corporate development, legal and compliance. Prior to this, he worked for the Travelocity Group in numerous roles, including Global CFO, but also as chief operating officer for Europe and Asia, and CFO for Lastminute.com, managing all aspects of financial control, planning, and compliance. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995. With the recent launch of Calastone’s blockchain-enabled Distributed Market Infrastructure for funds, he will help to develop the business as clients start to leverage the enhancements made possible through the new technology.
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