People Moves: MitonOptimal UK, Avaloq, Hansard Global, Willkie Farr & Gallagher

MitonOptimal (UK) Ltd

MitonOptimal (UK) Ltd, the Bath, England-based operation of the MitonOptimal group, said Peter Geikie-Cobb will be joining the company on Monday, to work alongside managing director James Sullivan and his team “across [its] multi-asset suite of funds and risk-profiled model portfolios”.

The position is a new one, but it will free up group managing director Scott Campbell – who until now has been co-manager alongside Sullivan of the UK fund operation – to be able to focus his efforts on group matters, the company said.

His title will be senior fund manager, and he will also be co-manager on the Coram Global Defensive, Balanced and Opportunities multi-asset funds, in addition to sitting on both MitonOptimal’s local and international investment committees.

Geikie-Cobb, who will be based in Bath, comes to MitonOptimal, has been recently been working with the MitonOptimal team in an advisory capacity. Prior to this, he was managing director of Matterley, the fund management division of Charles Stanley, where, from 2015 to 2016, he also managed Matterley’s Bond Opportunities Fund.

Prior to this, from 2003 to 2014, he was a partner and fund manager of Thames River Capital LLP, and before that, was head of global fixed income at Insight Investment.

As reported, MitonOptimal acquired Bath-based Coran Asset Management in 2016, after the death of co-founder Martin Gray. Since then it has made a number of additional acquisitions, including, most recently,  Jersey-based Orchard Wealth Management.

The MitonOptimal Group has a presence in Guernsey, South Africa, United Kingdom, the  Isle of Man, Singapore and, as a result of its acquisition of Orchard Wealth, Jersey. It offers discretionary fund management and fund management services to intermediaries and institutional investors globally.


Avaloq, a Switzerland-based provider of banking software, has named Paco Hauser its new EMEA regional manager, as it prepares to grow its business in what the company says is the “fast-developing EMEA market” for fintec services.

Hauser, pictured left, comes to Avaloq from Appway AG, another Swiss fintec software company, where he had been general manager EMEA and a member of the company’s board.  He joined Appway in 2010, when it was still litle more than a start-up, as chief operating officer and director of professional services, and helped to grow the business internationally.

Before joining Appway, Hauser had been a partner at Arthur D Little in Zurich, where he had been part of the firm’s global financial services group. He also worked previously for such companies as CSC Switzerland, BearingPoint, KPMG Consulting and Swissair.

Headquartered in Switzerland, Avaloq has offices in Berlin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Leipzig, London, Lugano, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manila, Nyon, Paris, Singapore, Sydney and Zurich, and employs more than 2,000 people.

Hansard Global plc

Hansard Global plc, the Isle of Man-based, LSE-listed investment product provider, said it has named Manoj Patel to succeed Steve Bland as company secretary, on an interim basis, with  effect from 30 March.  2018. Patel had been company secretary until he retired in November, 2015. Bland has left the company, Hansard said.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Mark Proctor has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, a New York-headquartered international law firm, as a partner in its Asset Management Group. He will be based in the firm’s New York office.

Proctor comes to Willkie Farr from Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he had been a partner and leader of its  fund formation practice. Prior to that, he was with Goldman Sachs & Co, where he had been a vice president and associate general counsel at Goldman Sachs, where he advised businesses in the company’s asset management and merchant banking operations.

Proctor specialises in advising private fund managers on structuring, establishing, and operating private investment funds, including blind pools, co-investment funds, pledge funds, and other investment vehicles, Willkie Farr said in a statement announcing his arrival at the firm.

He “also represents fund managers on their internal structuring and compensation matters, and frequently advises clients in connection with co-investments and seed investments in asset managers, as well as buyers and sellers in secondary market transactions involving private fund interests and portfolios of assets held by private funds,” the firm added.

In addition to asset and fund managers, he also counts institutional investors and family offices among his clients.

Globally Willkie Farr & Gallagher employs more than 700 attorneys, who work out of offices in Washington, DC, Houston, Paris, London, Frankfurt, Brussels, Milan and Rome, in addition to New York.

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