People Moves: Signet, Trafalgar, SWIP, Daiwa, Ignis
Signet hire signals move into Europe, Trafalgar makes board appointment, SWIP appoints for fixed income, Daiwa announces further hire, Holden joins Ignis in UK equity restructure.
UK and US fund of hedge funds absolute return manager Signet will offer products to investors in French and German speaking Europe, following the appointment of a senior investment specialist to focus on the region.
Marco Meli (pictured), who left his post as portfolio manager at Swiss institutional fund of hedge funds provider EIM, joined the firm on 4 July.
His role will combine portfolio management and business development, producing customised investment products for Francophone and German speaking investors. Meli speaks French, German, and English. He has worked in hedge funds for eight years.
Len Harac, who has run his own corporate advisory firm for 26 years, has joined the board of alternatives manager Trafalgar Capital Advisors.
Harac also becomes part of the firm’s valuation committee, mainly made up of external members.
He will help to oversee the firm’s valuation, transparency and governance practices.
Trafalgar’s flagship fund, the TCA Global Credit Master Fund, targets fund of funds, fund of hedge funds, family offices and institutional investors.
Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), an investment arm of UK banking group Lloyds, has added to its fixed income team by hiring Erik Vynkier from Standard Life.
Vynkier, formerly a senior quantitative analyst at the insurer, built and managed a team of analysts within the group’s risk division.
Beforehand, he was director of institutional sales at HSBC bank, covering asset and liability structuring. He has also worked at Credit Suisse and BP.
Broadly, Vynkier’s role will sit within SWIP’s financial solutions team, headed by Neil Falconer.