People Moves: Fidelity International, Mishcon de Reya, Schroders, Smith & Williamson Holdings

Fidelity International

Fidelity International, the Bermuda-based asset manager, has named Michael Gibb its first-ever head of stewardship and sustainable investing.

In the newly-created role, Gibb will oversee the £72.7bn firm’s strategy and policies on engagement, voting, and environmental, social and governance (ESG), Fidelity said.

Gibb (pictured) will be responsible for overseeing Fidelity’s strategy and policies on engagement, voting and environmental social governance (ESG) integration across its active product range, the company added, in a statement announcing his appointment.

Based in London, Gibb will report to Fidelity’s chief investment officer of European equities, Paras Anand.

Gibb started his career in asset management as a portfolio manager in Asian equities, and over the years has worked at such companies as Martin Currie Investment Management, Credit Suisse and Gartmore Investment Managers, according to Fidelity.  Most recently, he completed an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School, focusing on ESG engagement and the relationship between investors and investee companies.

Mishcon de Reya

Mishcon de Reya, the London-based law firm, said Tim Field has joined the firm as a partner in its  corporate department today, as head of its equity capital markets practice.

Field, a corporate finance and securities specialist, comes to Mishcon from Addleshaw Goddard, where he led its equity capital markets practice, typically advising on equity transactions on London’s Main Market, or “at the higher value end of AIM”, according to a statement announcing his appointment. Prior to joining Addleshaw Goddard, he headed up the  Middle East offices of Simmons and Simmons from 2009 until 2012.

During his more than 20 year career, Field has been advising investment banks, financial advisers, brokers, stock exchanges, regulators, listed corporates, management and investors  on such matters as  IPOs, equity fundraisings, takeovers, securities law and similar areas, often with a cross-border element, typically involving  China or the Middle East, Mishcon said.

Mishcon de Reya head of corporate Nick Davis said Field’s experience in the equity capital markets area, as well as the “interntional nature” of his experience, would be welcome and “extremely complementary” to the firm’s existing capabilities.

Schroders

Schroders has named Reginald Tan, formerly  the Singapore-based director of multi-asset strategies for South Asia for Amundi Singapore Ltd, to head up its own multi-asset business in the region.

Tan, pictured, will continue to be based in Singapore, and reports to Garth Taljard, head of multi-asset management at Schroders.

In his new role, Tan “will focus on supporting the growth of Schroders’ multi-asset business in Southeast Asia”, London-based Schroders said in a statement.

Prior to joining Amundi Singapore, Tan worked for such asset management houses as First State Investments, Mercury Asset Management, Koeneman Capital Management and Barclays Global Investors, in Asia as well as the US. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Smith & Williamson 

Smith & Williamson Holdings Ltd, the London-based financial and professional services group, has named Andrew Fisher to its board as a non-executive director.

Fisher succeeds Bob Bogart, who retired as a non-executive director of the company last year.

He is said to have extensive executive and non-executive experience in the financial services and wealth management sectors, having served at various times as chief executive of Towry Group and Coutts & Co, and most recently, as a non-executive director of C Hoare & Co, the London-based private bank.

Smith & Williamson is one of the UK’s largest independently-owned investment managers in the UK in addition to being the country’s eighth largest accounting firm. Its 1,700 staff serve clients including individuals, families, entrepreneurs, charities, trustees, professional advisers and businesses from 12 offices in the UK, Ireland and Jersey.

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