People Moves: Carey Olsen, BNP Paribas, Nucleus

Carey Olsen
Offshore law firm Carey Olsen Bermuda has appointed Cheri Minors as a senior associate in its trusts and private wealth practice, reporting into partner Keith Robinson.

Minors, who joins the firm after working as in-house legal counsel and group compliance manager for an international insurance company, has more than seven years’ experience across of wide range of sectors, including private client and trusts, regulatory, property and insurance.

Called to the Bermuda Bar in 2011, Minors specialises in advising on trust and estate planning structures and compliance and regulatory matters. At Carey Olsen Bermuda she will also assist the dispute resolution practice with various trust and estate planning matters.

Michael Hanson, managing partner of Carey Olsen Bermuda, said: “Cheri is a very experienced Bermudian lawyer and a fantastic addition to the trusts and private wealth practice. Her appointment also reflects the continued rapid growth of Carey Olsen Bermuda generally and the increasing volume of instructions we are seeing.”

BNP Paribas
BNP Paribas Asset Management announced the appointment of two new additions to its Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) and Index Solutions team, Maude Rivierre Bianchi and Chiara Solazzo, as well as the recent addition of two junior colleagues, Victor Volard and Nitharshini Thevathas.

Maude Rivierre Bianchi joined on 23 April as a Product Specialist. She is based in Paris and reports to Bertrand Alfandari, Head of ETF Development. Maude Rivierre Bianchi started her career in 2005 as a hedge fund analyst at Natixis Asset Square, which became Natixis Multimanager in 2007. In 2012, she was appointed to the alternative multi-management team, and in June 2015 she joined the development department of VEGA Investment Managers as a product specialist. Maude is a qualified Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and graduated from the University of Paris Dauphine and IAE Gustave Eiffel.

Chiara Solazzo started her career in 2008 as an ETF and ETC sales trader at Unicrédit-HVB in Milan.  In 2011, she joined Crédit Suisse Italy SPA as an ETF product specialist, before joining Blackrock’s ETF iShares sales team in 2013.  Chiara has a Master’s degree in Finance from the Italian University of Sienna.

Solazzo joined on 2 May as a member of the ETF and Index Solutions sales team in Milan and reports to Sabrina Principi, head of ETF sales for Italy and Spain.

Isabelle Bourcier, head of quantitative and index management at BNP Paribas AM, commented: “The new organisational structure that BNP Paribas Asset Management has established is already showing results, and since I joined in mid-2016, we have accelerated our recruitment programme to reinforce our team responsible for the development of ETF and index solutions.”


FinTech Scotland has appointed Nucleus founder and chief executive David Ferguson as the first chair of its board.

The appointment was confirmed this week at the joint Scottish Government and Financial Services Advisory Board (FiSAB) meeting chaired by the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Chair of Scottish Financial Enterprise and CYBG, Jim Pettigrew.

Ferguson was appointed by the Treasury in December 2016 as one of two regional fintech envoys for Scotland with a remit for building regional and national networks which seek to ensure a greater level of co-ordination and collaboration between fintech companies, government, investors and regional fintech hubs.

FinTech Scotland was set up by the Scottish government, the financial services sector and the University of Edinburgh to ensure Scotland seizes the opportunities fintech has to offer. Its ambition is to make Scotland a top five global fintech centre by 2020.

Alongside Ferguson’s appointment, FinTech Scotland announced it is also working with five global strategic partners to support the fintech ecosystem in Scotland. These partners are professional services firm Deloitte, law firm Pinsent Masons, tech giant IBM, international digital media and marketing agency Dentsu Aegis Network, and fintech firm Sopra Steria.

Speaking about his appointment, David Ferguson, founder and chief executive of Nucleus, said: “It is a great privilege to have been appointed as chair of the FinTech Scotland board. Fintech is a fantastic opportunity for Scotland and I am excited to build on the great strides we have recently made to position ourselves as a global leader.”

“The country should have a bright and prosperous fintech future ahead of it and I am greatly looking forward to helping Stephen and the team drive the sector forward and deliver meaningful action to help both start-ups to flourish and the more substantial financial services establishments to modernise.”

Gary Robinson
Head of Video and Ezines at Open Door Media Publishing. Deputy Editor, International Investment. An experienced journalist and filmmaker with more than 20 years' financial services experience, both as journalist and originally as a fully qualified IFA, Gary works across both International Investment and InvestmentEurope titles. Previous video production credits include projects on BBC, C4 and SKY.

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