People Moves: Carey Olsen, Wells Fargo Asset Management, IMA

Carey Olsen
Carey Olsen, the multi-jurisdictional law firm with a major presence in Jersey and Guernsey, said it has named commercial litigator Dhanshuklal Vekaria to its dispute resolution and insolvency practice in Hong Kong.

Vekaria joins the firm from another leading offshore firm, having qualified and worked in the UK with Pinsent Masons before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2016, where he practised Cayman Islands law. Since January 2018, he has also been admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI).

Vekaria has a broad range of offshore and general commercial litigation experience, most recently advising and acting in relation to the liquidation and winding up of a number of offshore private corporates, trust and fund structures, as well as handling disputes in relation to private client trusts, fair valuation disputes, injunction and freezing orders and corporate restructuring disputes.

The Carey Olsen Hong Kong office opened in 2016 as part of the law firm’s continued expansion of its network in Asia, which also includes a Singapore office. The Hong Kong office focuses on the full spectrum of contentious, semi-contentious and offshore advisory work. This includes domestic and international restructuring and insolvency, corporate and commercial disputes, banking and financial services litigation, trusts litigation as well as fraud, asset tracing and regulatory disputes.

The appointment of Dhanshuklal follows the arrival of Chinese and common law qualified lawyer Yang Yang, who joined to the Hong Kong office as an associate in December.

Carey Olsen operates out of eight international offices, and from them advises financial institutions, corporations and private clients on the laws of the British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guernsey and Jersey. It employs some 400 people, including 51 partners and some 200 lawyers.

Wells Fargo Asset Management
Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) has named Wai Lee to head up global research operations of its multi-asset solutions team. Wai, who will be based in the American company’s New York offices, comes to Wells Fargo from Neuberger Berman, where he was head of quantitative investments.

Previously, Wai was head of the quantitative engineering group at Credit Suisse Asset Management. He joined Credit Suisse in 2000 from JPMorgan Investment Management, where he was in charge of quantitative research and risk management for the global balanced group. Before joining the investment industry, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Wai is the author of a book entitled Theory and Methodology of Tactical Asset Allocation, and has contributed chapters to other books on different topics. He has served on the advisory board of The Journal of Portfolio Management since 1997.

Institute of Management Accountants
IMA (the Institute of Management Accountants), the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, announced the appointment of Frank Verbeeten as Honorary Professor of Management Accounting for IMA in Europe. Verbeeten, who is also Professor of Accounting at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Economics and Business, is the first Dutchman to hold this position.

As Honorary Professor, Verbeeten will work to foster the growth of IMA both in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe. One of his focus areas will be the impact of technology on the finance function. This ties in with the IMA’s Certified Management Accountant programme, which helps professionals develop higher-level skills needed in the age of automation., a Leeds-based peer-to-business lending platform that facilitates commercial loans for SMEs in the UK, has named Georgina Mitchell non-executive investment director.

Mitchell, a finance professional with more than 17 years of industry experience, is joining the FCA-authorised based peer-to-business lending platform as of this month.

Mitchell’s  background in the financial industry has primarily focused on traditional financial services, investment management and stockbroking. She served as head of Investment Services and member of the board at RedmayneBentley for several years.

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