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Trading places: Hires for Bank of America, Allen & Overy and Cboe Europe

Bank of America hired a senior dealmaker from Citigroup in Paris as it continues to build up its presence in the French capital in the aftermath of Brexit.

The bank has named Emmanuel Regniez as co-head of investment banking for France, according to an internal memo seen by Financial News. He joins from Citigroup where he was head of investment banking and financial sponsor coverage for France.

Regniez will work alongside co-head Jerome Morisseau, who was promoted into the role leading its French investment bank in February last year. The memo, from Matt Cannon, head of Europe, the Middle East and Africa investment banking at Bank of America, said Regniez will build on the “success of our French investment banking franchise, which has seen increased activity and strong momentum over the last year”.

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Allen & Overy made a rare double partner hire from Magic Circle rival Linklaters in London, bringing in two senior leveraged finance partners.

Annette Kurdian and Robert Burt have joined A&O as partners, the firm said in a 7 May statement.

A&O’s co-head of global leveraged finance, Nick Clark said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Annette and Robert, two prominent finance lawyers in the London market. We’re excited about what the combination of their strengths with our market leading team will mean for our clients.”

The double hire will help replenish A&O’s London leveraged finance ranks which were dented last year when US firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel hired the firm’s former leveraged finance head Jonathan Brownson and debt finance specialist Jake Keaveny.

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BNP Paribas named Sandro Pierri as chief executive of its fund management business.

Pierri, currently deputy CEO of BNP Paribas Asset Management and head of its global client group, will replace Frédéric Janbon.

Janbon will become special adviser to Renaud Dumora during the transition, and will leave the group at the end of the year to pursue other opportunities.

Earlier this year, Dumora was promoted to deputy chief operating officer of BNP Paribas, overseeing the bank’s investment and protection services division, which includes the asset management business.

Exchange operator Cboe Europe hired Natan Tiefenbrun as senior vice president, head of European equities.

Tiefenbrun is joining Cboe from Bank of America, where he had worked since 2013 as a managing director. Prior to his time at the investment bank, he was chief executive officer of Turquoise, the London Stock Exchange-owned trading facility.

Tiefenbrun, who will start his new job in June and be based in London, will report to David Howson, president for Europe and Asia-Pacific at Cboe Global Markets, according to a 6 May press release.

Howson said in a statement that he was “excited to leverage his expertise and extensive industry relationships in support of [the firm’s] strategic growth plans”.

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The City of London Corporation elected a new chair to the body that looks after its finances, as the governing body looks to help reignite the Square Mile’s economy after the Covid-19 crisis.

Jamie Ingham Clark, who was previously deputy chair, has been elected as the new chair of the Corporation’s finance committee.

The committee aims to ensure the organisation achieves value for money and maintains a sustainable financial footing.

He replaces former PwC senior adviser Jeremy Mayhew who has served his full five-year term, with Mayhew moving to deputy chair of the committee.

Meanwhile, BNP Paribas has hired a top Goldman Sachs equity capital markets banker as revenues in the sector continue to surge on the back of a boom in IPOs and blank cheque companies.

Christoph Heuer, who was most recently head of equity capital markets for Germany and Austria at Goldman Sachs, is set to join the French bank, according to people with knowledge of the hire.

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