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Who's Moving Where In Wealth Management? - Natixis, Babbé, Others

Editorial Staff, 4 April 2018


The latest moves in wealth management across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Financial services firm Natixis has appointed Luc Barnaud, chief digital officer and member of Natixis’ executive committee, as chief digital and technology officer.

Barnaud will join the operations and information systems management committee and will report to Norbert Cron, head of operations and information systems, member of Natixis' senior management committee. 

Already in charge of the digital office, Barnaud will also manage IT development and data management in a bid to enhance the firm’s technological output.

He joined Natixis in 2017 as CDO.

Trowers & Hamlins
International law firm Trowers & Hamlins has appointed Jonathan Kropman to lead its private wealth practice in the UK and internationally. 

He will be based at the firm’s head office in London.

Kropman joins from Berwin Leighton Paisne, where he led its private wealth operation for the last 13 years. He works across all aspects of private wealth including privacy, family holdings structures, family governance, the impact of regulation, information exchange and tax transparency.

Guernsey law firm Babbé has appointed Matthew Harrison as associate of its trusts and pensions practice.

Harrison has over 12 years’ experience providing advisory services to trustees, tax advisers, law firms and their clients. He has developed particular expertise in the law relating to UK, offshore and international pension schemes as well as private and commercial trusts.

Prior to joining Babbé, Harrison qualified as an English solicitor in 2008 and initially concentrated exclusively on private client work. Since moving to Guernsey, he worked for a trust company which developed his expertise in international pensions and broadened his commercial experience.

Ostrum Asset Management
Paris-based Ostrum Asset Management, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, has appointed Jean-Louis Scandella as equity chief investment officer. 

He will be responsible for bolstering European and emerging market equity capabilities. He will report to Ibrahima Kobar, deputy chief executive, CIO and member of the Ostrum Asset Management executive committee.

Scandella will supervise equity portfolio management teams based in Paris and Singapore.

Prior to Ostrum, he was head of equities at Barings Asset Management in London.

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