PEOPLE MOVES: Withers, Candriam, Schroders, Franklin Templeton

Withers LLP

Withers LLP, the London-based law firm specialising in tax law, estate planning, immigration matters and other issues of concern to high-net-worth clients, has named Tracy Evlogidis to head up its immigration practice in London. Evlogidis, pictured, comes to Withers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius,  another London law firm, where she was also  head of immigration, and has more than 18 years of experience in the field of immigration law, Withers said in announcing her appointment.

She is also a member of the Home Office Business and Operational Forum, which works with the government on legal and policy changes in immigration, regularly represent clients at the Migration Advisory Committee, and sits on the Law Society’s Brexit Steering Management Committee, Withers added.

At Withers, Evlogidis will advise both institutions and individuals on UK immigration applications and issues, and help corporate clients to develop immigration policies and practices.

Her appointment comes at a time when such new realities as Brexit and recent changes to the UK’s immigration policies have increased dramatically the need for highly-skilled immigration advice, Withers noted in announcing Evlogidis’s appointment.

Withers’s international immigration practice looks after clients out of the firm’s offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.


Candriam Investors Group, the Luxembourg-based asset management operation of New York Life, has named  Koen Van de Maele global head of investment solutions. The company didn’t say who he succeeded, or if the position was a new one.

 Van de Maele, pictured left, is also joining the company’s executive committee, the company said, and will report to Candriam’s chief executive, Naïm Abou-Jaoudé.

Van de Maele has been with Candriam for more than 16 years, having joined when it was still known as Dexia Asset Management. In his new role, he will oversee the construction of custom-made investment portfolios, periodic portfolio reviews and product innovation, as well as the development, under the IndexIQ brand, of the European ETF market. (IndexIQ is an ETF specialist that was acquired in 2015 by New York Life Investment Management, also an arm of New York Life.)

Van de Maele began his career as quantitative fixed income analyst at Dexia Asset Management in 2001. In 2007 he was appointed deputy global head of fixed income, and in 2009 global head of fixed income, in charge of the company’s investment strategy across all bond portfolios. Other roles included global head of investment engineering and deputy chief investment officer.

Schroders  has named Reto Schwager to succeed Sven Lidén as chief executive of Schroder Adveq, the private equity business it created in the wake of its acquisition earlier this year of Adveq Holding, a Zurich-based private equity firm, effective in January. Lidén, who had been CEO of Adveq prior to its acquisition by Schroders,  has now left the company.

Until January, Schroder Adveq executive chairman Stephen Mills will assume the duties of CEO, Schroders said.

Schwager joins Schroder Adveq from Robeco, the Dutch asset management company, where he most recently has been head of private equity, and a member of the executive committee. Previous roles have included a stint as a member of the executive board of Partners Group, and chairman of AIG Investments’ European business.

Schwager will be based in Zurich, and reports to Mills, Schroder said.

As reported, Schroders’ acquisition of Adveq marked a return of sorts to the private equity business for Schroders, which spun off an earlier private equity business known as Schroders Ventures in 2001.

Franklin Templeton
Franklin Templeton Investments, the US-based, globally-focused  asset management giant, has named Lutz Morjan senior solutions portfolio manager for the EMEA region. Morjan, who joined Franklin Templeton last month, is based in Frankfurt and reports to London-based Peter Vincent, head of the company’s investment solutions business.

Morjan comes to Franklin Templeton from NN Investment Partners, a Netherlands-based asset manager based in the Hague, where he had been head of insurance solutions, a role which saw him working with German insurance companies. Prior to this he spent three years at Frankfurt-Trust Investment GmbH, where he had been client relationship manager and head of pensions solutions.

At Franklin Templeton Morjan’s role will involve helping to match up EMEA clients with products offered by the company’s Multi-Asset Solutions group, the company said. This will include helping in the design and implementation of customised product packages, as well as maintaining client relationships and participating in new product idea generation, Franklin Templeton added.

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