BlueBay Asset Management appoints alternative sales director

BlueBay names a director for its alternative sales team as Harmonic Capital appoints a managing director for North American distribution. Law firm Walkers adds to its Hong Kong funds group

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Richard Blake has been appointed director of sales – alternatives at BlueBay Asset Management, a specialist manager of fixed income and alternative investments. It is wholly owned by Royal Bank of Canada and is part of the RBC asset management division, RBC Global Asset Management group of companies.
Blake joins from Moore Capital Management where he was head of investor relations responsible for Europe and the Middle East with Moore's two major macro funds.
BlueBay Asset Management, founded in 2001, manages more than $53.9 billion for institutions and high-net-worth clients. BlueBay's products include long-only and alternative debt strategies relating to investment grade, high yield, convertibles and emerging markets.

Robert Fitzpatrick has joined Harmonic Capital as managing director of North American distribution. Fitzpatrick worked most recently at First Quadrant as director, global consultant relations and business development. Harmonic Capital is a US affiliate of Harmonic Capital partners, a UK quantitative hedge fund manager providing global macro and currency products to investors and currently managing $1.162 billion.

Mark Cummings has moved to Walkers' Hong Kong office as counsel in the investment funds group. The investment funds and corporate team provides advice on mutual and hedge funds, private equity funds and unit trusts, as well as mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, take-privates and public offerings of shares of offshore companies listed on multiple global stock exchanges. Previously, Cummings worked at Appleby Global. He has advised on Cayman and British Virgin Islands laws relating to structuring and establishing investment funds including private equity and hedge funds

Melissa Goldstein has been named associate of Schulte Roth & Zabel at the bank regulatory group in the Washington DC office. Goldstein was previously attorney-adviser at the financial crimes enforcement network, a bureau of the US Treasury, responsible for the administering of the Bank Secrecy Act. In her new post Goldstein will be involved in the bank regulatory and anti-money laundering/OFAC/FCPA practices, providing guidance and support on regulatory and enforcement mangers to banks and other financial institutions.

James Leahy has moved to Orical as a partner. Prior to the move, Leahy was chief financial officer at Marathon Asset Management. Orical is a law firm specialising in the hedge fund, broker dealer and financial services industries.

Tram Nguyen has joined Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, a US law firm, as a partner in its private funds practice group. Previously, Nguyen worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission where she was chief of the private funds branch of the division of investment management. She has experience in leading rule-making and related initiatives affecting private fund advisers, including rules implementing the Dodd-Frank Act exemptions from registration for venture capital and foreign private advisers, and Volcker rule provisions affecting banks' ability to sponsor and invest in hedge funds.

James O'Donnell has been named partner in the investment funds team of DLA Piper in London. Most recently O'Donnell was at Debevoise & Plimpton. His experience includes advising sponsors in relation to the structuring and offering of international private equity funds, funds of funds and real estate funds, and advising fund managers on governance and other administrative and regulatory matters.

Colin Bridges has joined the European sales team of Global Prime Partners, a global prime brokerage boutique that specialises in supporting emerging managers. Bridges formerly worked at BNP Paribas on the equity financing desk where he streamlined the on-boarding process for the bank's cash and synthetic prime brokerage business. He will work closely with Kevin LoPrimo, head of hedge fund services.

Lindi Beaudreault has moved to financial services law firm Murphy and McGonigle's New York office as partner. Beaudreault previously worked at Shearman & Sterling where she was working in the enforcement defence and regulatory counselling of financial services companies.

Northern Trust has opened an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Michael Slater, whose role will include office management and developing client relationships, has moved there as head of the office. He joined Northern Trust in 2005 and was previously head of the Abu Dhabi office.

Laurie Goodman has become special adviser at Amherst Securities Group and head of the housing finance policy centre at the Urban Institute. Goodman has previous experience in public policy issues impacting on the housing market. Prior to her new role, Goodman was involved in building the retail mortgage-backed securities business (RMBS) as head of RMBS strategy.
Amherst Securities Group, a subsidiary of Amherst Holdings, is a specialist broker-dealer analysing and trading MBS.

Leslie Billet has joined Clearbrook Global Advisors as managing director. Previously, Billet was senior vice-president of Gallagher Fiduciary Advisors managing client relationships, aspects of portfolio management (including defined contribution plans), developing asset allocation, investment strategy and manager selection, performance evaluation and risk management.
Clearbrook is an independent investment management firm that provides advisory services to institutional clients and high-net-worth individuals. It currently has more than $30 billion in assets under advisement.

An international investment sales team has been formed at Carlton Group to provide investment sales services. Carlton Hospitality president John Bralower will join the investment sales team together with senior investment banker Javier Beltran.
Carlton Group is a real estate investment banking firm with offices in the US and Europe. The European division has a large real estate private equity capital market team. Carlton also arranges joint ventures and highly leveraged debt solutions by accessing international capital from clients, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices and other balance sheet and money management capital sources.

Brett Olson has joined iShares, the exchange-traded funds platform of BlackRock, as head of fixed income for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Olson was previously managing director and head of the EMEA teams at Nomura where his responsibilities included selling asset-backed securities and distributing illiquid debt instruments.

Misys has appointed Frank Brienzi as president and chief sales officer. Most recently Brienzi worked at Oracle as senior vice-president and general manager of its financial services. Misys provides banking, treasury, trading and risk solutions in the financial software industry.

Philippe Metoudi has joined AlfaSec Advisors as managing director and equity shareholder. Metoudi was recently a member of the executive board of Clearstream Banking, serving as chairman of the market committee responsible for international customer relationships.
Established this year, AlfaSec Advisors provides specialist advice in securities and financial services including strategic consulting and agency representation with a focus on clients operating or investing in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East locations.

Andrew Ryan has been named managing director of First Names Group's Irish operation. Ryan, with 12 years' experience as finance director, has been involved in strategic and client relationship development. First Names Group is a fiduciary, funds and corporate services provider.

Jason Emerson has been named chief financial officer of Gain Capital Holdings. Prior to the move, he was managing director and business manager of KCG Holding's global execution services division where he managed financial and operational aspects of the business. Gain Capital provides market access and automated trade execution services across asset classes to retail and institutional investors.

John Kehoe has been named head of business development Americas at GBST, a global provider of securities transaction and fund administration software. Most recently Kehoe was head of global sales and account relationship management at XcitekSolutionsPlus, a global provider of automated corporate actions solutions.

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