A round-up of the latest positions for those in finance, covering investment markets worldwide
ABN Amro has recruited two leveraged finance bankers to join its European operations. Tom Swift joins the bank's UK leveraged finance team from Bank of Scotland, where he was an associate director focusing on origination and execution of leveraged finance dealers. He will be reporting to Jacco Brouwer, head of UK leveraged finance.
Swift also previously worked in structured finance at Dresdner Bank and Natwest.
The bank has also hired Jean Dando from CSFB as an associate in the European leveraged syndications team. He will focus on syndication and will report to Albert van Welderen Rengers, head of the European team.
Dando was originally at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, which became part of CSFB when it was bought by the bank last year.
ABN Amro has also promoted Didier Simons, one of its senior leveraged finance bankers in the Netherlands to senior vice-president. He will report to Wout Germ, head of leverage finance for the Benelux region.
John Hedger has jumped ship from PricewaterhouseCoopers to business advisors Ernst & Young to head up corporate finance services to the transport and distribution industries.
Hedger has extensive merger and acquisition experience, often across borders, for big industry names like Pilkington and Kvaerner. Most recently, he acted on behalf of Consignia as it expanded its markets in the European parcels sector over the past three years.
Roy Nicolson, former chief executive of Scottish Amicable, has been appointed to the board of directors of National Australia Bank's wealth management businesses in Europe.
A fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and of the Pensions Management Institute, Nicolson joined Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society in 1960, holding several senior positions before his appointment as managing director in 1990.
Following the acquisition of Scottish Amicable by Prudential in October 1997, he was appointed chief executive of Scottish Amicable and given responsibility for Prudential's IFA business.
The Smart and Cook Group has appointed Peter Newell as managing director of its financial services division. The move comes as the group launches two new operating divisions, Smart and Cook Consulting in Leeds and the Private Client Division, based out of the company's Harrogate headquarters.
Newell has been with the company for two years as sales director of Smart and Cook Financial Services, after joining the company from Willis Financial Services where he was divisional director. He will be based in the group's Newcastle office.
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