bfinance adds to Munich team in hiring spree

Institutional investment consultant bfinance has made a senior hire to its Munich team, one of the addition of three senior staff, also in the Middle East and North America.

The consulting firm says the appointments reflect increasing demand for manager selection advice globally.

Michael Wolfram will join bfinance in June as a relationship manager for German institutional investors, relocating to Munich from the firm’s London research team, which he joined in December.

Separately Douglas Hansen-Luke has been appointed chief executive of Middle East and Asia including Central Asia. Previously he was CEO of Robeco Middle East, and worked before that at ABN AMRO, Bain and Company, and Salomon Brothers.

He will be supported by Alex Denby who joins bfinance as an associate in the Middle East, from Osborne & Partners. Denby has also worked in the past for Robeco Middle East.

Brian Cyr will join bfinance in Montreal, as a director for business development and relationships with Canadian institutions.

He worked in manager selection and monitoring for institutional mandates at Pyramis Global Advisors, and also worked at Standard Life and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

David Vafai, bfinance CEO, said: “These appointments highlight our continued dedication to providing comprehensive advice to investors across every region. This is an exciting time for bfinance as we continue to grow our team with the highest quality personnel, developing our presence further in the international arena.”

These hires follow the recruitment, announced in February, of Chris Jones to head bfinance’s alternatives unit. Jones previously held the position of CIO at fund of hedge funds Key Asset Management.

Bfinance also hired Michel Haski from Allianz Global Investors Europe, to be head of institutional coverage in Europe and the Middle East and Africa.

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