SYZ Asset Management grows business development team
The €20bn Swiss banking group Syz & Co has announced that Alessia Dolfi will join its business development team within the institutional management division of SYZ Asset Management.
Dolfi will report to Marc Clapasson, head of business development at SYZ Asset Management, and will focus on advising French-speaking and Ticino-based institutional investors.
Dolfi was previously in charge of the institutional clientele of Dexia Asset Management in French-speaking Switzerland and Ticino. SYZ Asset Management comprises all the Group’s institutional management activities, both conventional and alternative.
Barings appoints new COO
Baring Asset Management has appointed John Burns as chief operating officer (COO) to take over from John Misselbrook who is retiring at the end of 2011.
Burns joins Barings from his position as COO at Visor Capital in Almaty, Kazakhstan, a boutique investment bank with an FSA-authorised UK subsidiary.
In his capacity as COO Burns will be responsible for IT, operations, human resources, legal, compliance, organisational risk, business services and change management. Misselbrook will be handing over his role in a transitional period to the end of the year.
Executive director appointed at Signia Wealth
Signia Wealth has appointed Etienne de Merlis as an executive director to strengthen its investment team.
Merlis will act as portfolio manager managing both discretionary and advisory accounts for onshore and offshore ultra-high-net-worth clients. He will be based in London and will work alongside Gautam Batra, chief investment officer of Signia Wealth.
Merlis joins Signia Wealth after spending 11 years at JPMorgan Private Bank where he was a portfolio manager for ultra-high-net-worth individuals covering clients based in Europe and the Middle East on both discretionary and advisory portfolios.
First State refocuses on emerging markets debt
First State Investments has appointed three investment specialists to its recently established emerging markets debt team.
Jan-Markus May and Manuel Cañas join First State as senior portfolio managers and Philip Fielding has been appointed as portfolio manager. All three will report to Helene Williamson, head of First State’s emerging markets debt team.
The emerging markets debt team in London will focus on hard currency sovereign and corporate debt, as well as local currency debt markets.
May has 13 years of investment experience joining from UNIQA Financial Services in Vienna, where he was the senior portfolio manager of the UNIQA emerging markets debt fund.
Cañas was previously senior investment manager focusing on local currency debt within the emerging markets debt team at ING Investment Management in the Hague. He is starting in his new role on 1st November.
Fielding joins First State from F&C Asset Management where he was portfolio manager for segregated mandates in its emerging markets debt team as well as lead analyst for Central Europe.
Metro Bank appoints head of private banking
The UK-based Metro Bank has appointed Kirsty MacArthur as head of private banking. MacArthur will build a private banking team for the bank.
She has experience in working with high-net-worth individuals and joining from Heartwood Wealth Management where she worked for two years as a divisional director.
MAM expands Liverpool team
MAM Funds, the multi-asset fund management specialist incorporating the Midas Capital Partners and Miton Asset Management brands, has appointed Tom Delic as investment analyst at its Liverpool office.
Delic will work with the fund management teams of Simon Callow, Mark Wright, Alan Borrows and Richard Parfect on all client portfolios, including the CF Midas Balanced Growth Fund and CF Midas Balanced Income Fund.
Delic was previously a technical analyst at Royal Liver Assurance and Mercers.