Trading Places: Goldman’s loss is Rothchild’s gain, moves at Lombard Odier and Allianz

Rothschild is set to score a prized Goldman Sachs dealmaker, Financial News learned. John Brennan was one of 13 London-based individuals at Goldman to be elevated to the coveted role of partner during Goldman’s latest round of promotions, and one of just four to make it to the rank within the investment bank in the country.

As well as being a senior banker within Goldman’s financial institutions group, Brennan was also chief operating officer in the unit for Emea, and is joining Rothschild in a senior position, according to people familiar with the matter.

Digital bank Revolut appointed Sid Jajodia as its chief banking officer, leading the rollout of its operations internationally. Jajodia joins the firm from PayU, where he was chief executive of credit for three years, with prior executive and senior roles at Lending Club and Capital One.

Revolut currently has banking operations in the UK, Singapore, Europe, Australia and Japan. The fintech firm has also promoted its Ireland chief executive Joe Heneghan to the role of Europe CEO, overseeing Revolut Bank and Revolut Payments in Lithuania.

Lombard Odier Investment Managers announced five appointments across Zurich and Geneva to expand the firm’s distribution platform in Switzerland —  Raphael Kron, Valéry Babey, Benoît Piette, Martin Kazimir and Martin Fasel.

European head of sales Jonathan Clenshaw said the firm was “enjoying steady growth in Switzerland, which is our home market and a key focus region for the firm”.

“We are delighted to welcome five experienced individuals to support the growth of our institutional and wholesale client base in Switzerland,” he added.

The firm also added two portfolio managers to its global equities team: June Chua and Arnaud d’Aligny joined in Hong Kong and Geneva respectively.

AHR Private Clients — part of Asia and Middle East private bank AHR Private Wealth — appointed Roger Gifford as UK head of sales as part of an expansion drive in the country. Gifford was a regional director at Nationwide for 11 years, with another 17 years’ of experience working at Halifax in Scotland according to his LinkedIn profile.

Climate analytics provider TransitionZero appointed Legal and General Investment Management’s head of sustainability and responsible investment strategy Meryam Omi to its board.

Omi has over 16 years of experience in asset management, notably leading the launch of L&G’s Future World funds as well as the firm’s Climate Impact Pledge programme. Omi is currently responsible for developing investment solutions at L&G and has also been appointed as one of COP26’s UN High Level Champions for Climate Action.

Law firm Dechert scored a new partner hire from Kirkland & Ellis. Sam Whittaker will join Dechert’s London office this summer as part of a private equity practice that also recently added fellow Kirkland & Ellis partner Mark Thompson and Allen & Overy’s Dominik Stühler.

International property group Grosvenor Group appointed Melanie Gee as non-executive chair of its Britain and Ireland board. Gee is taking over the reins from Jonathon Bond, who will become the company’s inaugural chief investment officer of Grosvenor Estate.

Gee will join as a non-executive director with immediate effect, becoming chair in September. Gee is also a senior adviser to Lazard, the financial advisory and asset management firm.

Allianz Global Investors, the €598bn asset manager, has named Virginie Maisonneuve as global chief investment officer for equities.

Maisonneuve, who has worked at Martin Currie, Schroders, Pimco and most recently as CIO at Eastspring Investments, will succeed Steve Berexa who will retire at the end of 2021.

Reporting to Deborah Zurkow, global head of investments at AllianzGI, Maisonneuve will be based in London and will move back from Singapore in the autumn. She will be responsible for overseeing AllianzGI’s €160bn equity offering.

City of London Group’s Colin Wagman has retired from his role as non-executive chairman and director of the group’s board. Former Halifax and Charter Court Financial Services director Philip Jenks has assumed the position of non-executive chairman in his place.

Sandy Rattray, chief investment officer at fund manager Man Group, will be leaving the company in the second half of the year. The firm’s chief financial officer Mark Jones will also be moving into a new role of deputy chief executive.

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