The latest advancements in wealth and asset management and legal affairs from across Europe and the UK.

Kingsley Napley
Kingsley Napley law firm has appointed Matt Spencer as a partner to help create a new tax practice. The move aims to provide more in-house tax services, more than has traditionally been the case, and to provide for other specialists, the company said.

Spencer was previously at DAC Beachcroft where he spent nine years advising on the structuring of corporate and real estate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, land transfers, developments and leases. His area of ​​specialization is labor taxation and the structuring of employee profit-sharing plans as well as VAT in the public and private sectors.

Her appointment, which brings the firm’s total partners to 72, follows partner Laura Harper who joined Kingsley Napley from McDermott Will & Emery this summer.

Spencer and Harper will jointly develop and lead the fiscal capacity of the firm, supporting practice areas such as business and commerce, real estate and construction, employment, private clients, family and divorce, said office.

Carsten Cramer has been appointed Managing Director of PraxisIFM in the Netherlands. He comes from the financial services group Higgs & Co, which provides directors and corporate services to multinationals, private equity firms, funds and family offices in the Netherlands and Luxembourg. He has also held senior positions in financial services in the United States.

The company has also appointed Daniel Reynolds as the new managing director in Jersey. Reynolds, who was previously managing director of the group’s Dutch operations, joined PraxisIFM in June 2020, after nine years of working between Jersey and Hong Kong in cross-border fiduciary work. He started his career at KPMG, working in financial services risk consulting and auditing.

BNP Paribas asset management
BNP Paribas Asset Management has appointed a certain number of managers within its “sustainable development center” to help it strengthen its investment offers in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) fields.

The center provides investment teams with sector and sector research, ESG data and analysis from more than 13,000 issuers.

Rachel Crossley has been appointed Head of Stewardship for Europe, based in London. Crossley brings over 25 years of sustainability and stewardship expertise to this role, working with organizations such as the Access to Nutrition Initiative and the Climate Group. She reports to Michael Herskovich, Global Head of Stewardship.

Malika Takhtayeva has been appointed Head of Sustainable Fixed Income – EMEA, based in London. She has spent the last six years at Moody’s Investors Service as a credit analyst specializing in ESG and related subjects. Prior to that, Takhtayeva was an Emerging Markets Credit Analyst at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and worked in the Fixed Income Capital Markets Rating Advisory Team at ABN AMRO. She reports to Alex Bernhardt, global head of sustainability research.

Thibaud Clisson has been appointed head of climate change, based in Paris. He joined BNPP AM in 2009 and was a senior ESG analyst responsible for the utilities, materials and energy sectors, as well as developing the firm’s approach to measuring carbon risk and integrating ESG considerations into private markets. He reports to Bernhardt.

Robert-Alexandre Poujade has been appointed biodiversity manager, based in Paris. He joined BNPP AM in 2011 and has been an ESG analyst since 2015, focusing on natural capital, ocean economies and biodiversity. He also reports to Bernhardt.

Delphine Riou is appointed Head of Inclusive Growth, based in Paris. She joined BNPP AM as an ESG analyst in 2017, after having held similar positions at Natixis and Covéa Finance. Previously, she held the positions of operations manager at IFC / World Bank, financial controller of the PSA Peugeot Citroën group and sell-side equity analyst at BNP Paribas.