Kevin Sara has been appointed by Robert Fleming as head of a new global technology banking team based in London. Sara has spent the past two years as head of technology banking at Nomura International. Lehman Brothers Holdings has hired Andreas Nickel from Credit Suisse First Boston to head its investment banking business in Germany and its pan-European investment banking coverage in the automotive, auto components and steel sectors. He was previously head of European investment banking for automotive and engineering industries at CSFB. Michael Hewitt has been appointed as a manager in the corporate finance division of NM Rothschild in Leeds. He spent four and a half years in the corporate finance department of Charterhouse Bank in London.