Job Wrap: Banks gear up on M&A advisory hires

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Compliance and French corporate finance made the biggest splashes in the European hiring pond last week. Deutsche Bank poached the director of enforcement from the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), while Dôme Close Brothers and Hawkpoint hired in Paris.

Deutsche Bank said it had recruited Andrew Procter, director of enforcement at the UK Financial Services Authority, as head of compliance for the UK and Western Europe. Procter, who will assume the position in April, will replace Andrew Sowter, head of compliance for the equity business at Deutsche, who had been heading up European compliance on an interim basis.

Corporate financiers: flaveur of the month in Paris

Dôme Close Brothers, the French arm of the UK bank, hired nine bankers, boosting its advisory team to 35. Three came from Lazard: two juniors, and Kristelle Kerforn, former deputy director of Lazard's French media, technology and telecoms M&A practice, who joined as an assistant director. Jean-Christophe Quiniou from West LB and Stephane Barus from Arjil, a French boutique, also joined as assistant directors. The bank hired four further juniors.

Also in Paris, Hawkpoint, the independent corporate finance advisory firm, hired Michel Payan from Credit Lyonnais to run its French business. At Credit Lyonnais Payan ran Clinvest, the corporate finance arm. He left when Clinvest merged with Calyon, the corporate and investment banking venture between Credit Lyonnais and Credit Agricole Indo-Suez. Paul Baines, managing partner, said the firm was in talks to add one or two extra hires.

Axa Investment Managers hired Vincent Levita as director of strategy and innovation to spearhead new business development and geographical expansion. Levita, who will be based in Paris, joins from Corporate Value Associates.

In Frankfurt, Commerzbank proved it has not lost its pulling power, despite announcing widespread redundancies at the end of last year. It hired Klaus Hoffman, a former banker at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, as head of foreign exchange and FX options trading within its newly formed corporates and markets division.

Lehman looks for advice, SG restructures structured products

Lehman Brothers hired Detlev Bremkamp as a senior advisor to its business in Europe. Bremkamp joins Lehman's European advisory council, which was set up in 2002 to help develop its European presence. Bremkamp is a member of the board of Allianz AG, the German insurer, where he has worked for 40 years. He is also a non-executive director of Asea Brown Boveri AG and Hochtief AG.

SG shuffled roles in equity derivatives. David Aubin, head of European corporate equity derivatives sales at the bank, is moving to the debt capital markets group, where he will take up an as yet undisclosed position. He has been replaced by Philippe Parmenon, deputy head of European corporate equity derivatives sales.

Wachovia Corporate and Institutional Trust hired Mike Hellmuth as a relationship manager in its structured finance trust services group. Helmuth, who will be based in London, will lead trustee administration for structured finance transactions throughout the United Kingdom. He joins from JP Morgan Chase, where he was vice president in the trustee and asset administration team.

Finally, Exponent Private Equity, the year-old private equity firm, announced the recruitment of six senior finance professionals as it prepares to invest its debut fund of 400 million. The new recruits include Simon Baines from Bain & Co, Kris Cudmore from Booz Allen & Hamilton, and Jack Edmondson from McKinsey & Co. Arthur Mornington joins from BC Partners, the private equity firm, and Richard Lenane joins from Apax Partners, the venture capital firm. Craig Vickery joins as finance director from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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