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Independent software vendor Ffastfill, which connects traders to markets such as Eurex, is to expand its business into France despite difficult conditions for such companies.
The firm has hired Laurent Morfoisse to be the general manager of its Paris office. He will also be a member of the company's board of directors.
Morfoisse has worked in the French market for 15 years. He was previously general manager of Fimat in Paris and has worked for James Capel and Refco. He heads a team of four at the Paris office.
Chris Stone, managing director of UK-based FfastFill, said: 'We have been preparing to open a Paris office for some time as the level of interest in our system from the French market is promising. Euronext's expansion clearly indicates that Paris is now even more consequential in the development of global markets.'
Edinburgh Fund Managers (EFM) has appointed Mark Harris, a former HSBC Asset Management executive, as investment head of Portfolio, its multi-manager operation.
At HSBC, Harris conducted the research and assessment of third-party fund managers and was responsible for fund of fund assets worth £600m. He will now be responsible for the investment management operation relating to nine EFM funds of funds, plus certain unit trusts managed by third parties.
EFM recently expanded in this area through the purchase of Porfolio from Liberty, advised by Richard Timberlake's IMS group.
Apart from heading up operations, Harris is to sit on an EFM investment committee charged with the final selection of managers. IMS will continue to have input into the selection procedure.
Singer and Friedlander Investment Management (SFIM) has appointed Dominic Fisher as head of UK equities.
Commenting on the appointment, Richard Killingbeck, chief executive at the group, said: 'Dominic shares my belief in the merits of segregated portfolio management. As head of charities at Merrill Lynch, his team managed more than £2bn and in the year 2000 recorded its best ever UK equity returns.'
Nomura International has added five securitisation professionals to its securitisation and asset finance group in London, run by Tariq Rafique.
Neil Basu and Oliver Defaux join as associate directors from ABN Amro, Rafique's previous firm. Basu worked in the Dutch bank's securitisation group in London for four years, while Defaux was first in its Amsterdam group. More recently, he was country representative and head of loan products for ABN Amro Thailand.
Tanja Goudarzi Pour also joins the group as an associate director from Deutsche Bank, where she spent three years in the European securitisation group.
Andrew Godson joins as an associate from Arthur Andersen and Jean-Christophe Gas joins from Institut Superieur du Commerce, the Paris-based business management school.
The Japanese bank is keen to increase its presence across a range of asset classes in the securitisation market. Despite having done a number of more commoditised transactions, it remains best known for esoteric deals secured on champagne stocks, jewels and a wafer fabrication plant in Asia.
Rafique said: 'The new hires will enable us to offer a wider range of products to our clients. We are beginning to put in place the infrastructure to implement our business plan, particularly as it applies to some of the more traditional asset classes and CDOs.'
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