People Moves

Who's Moving Where In Wealth Management? - Westchester Group, Carey Olsen

Editorial Staff, 23 March 2021


The latest senior moves in asset and wealth management from across the UK and Europe.

Westchester Group
Nuveen-owned Westchester Group Investment Management has appointed Cristina Hastings Newsome as head of sustainability, taking effect on 12 April, reporting to Martin Davies, CEO and president of Westchester.

Based in London, she will help drive global sustainability efforts in the firm’s specialist area of managing farmland investments. The group has a farmland portfolio of around 2 million acres across seven countries.

Her new responsibilities include managing investor demand for carbon neutral portfolios, and providing scalable solutions to counter climate change through farmland investments, the group said.

Hastings Newsome joins from Louis Dreyfus Company in Switzerland where she was global sustainability lead responsible for grains and oilseeds. Previously, she worked at AstraZeneca, Proteus and Accenture.

Originally from the UK, she has broad experience in sustainable agricultural production systems in Europe, the US, Latam and Asia-Pacific regions.

Carey Olsen
Carey Olsen has made two hires for its office in the British Virgin Islands and to its BVI dispute resolution group in particular.

The joiners are associates Catherine O'Connell and Izabella Prusskaya, working under the leadership of Alex Hall Taylor QC. They follow the appointments in December of partner Tim Wright and counsel Simon Hall.

Their appointments also coincide with the firm having boosted the size of its Tortola office.

O’Connell joins after more than two years at Walkers in the BVI; she advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious dispute resolution and insolvency matters, including general financial services litigation, trusts and shareholder disputes. Prior to moving offshore, O’Connell spent five years working for leading Irish firm A&L Goodbody.

Prusskaya is a multi-lingual Russian national educated in Russia, Germany and the US, who trained with Hogan Lovells in Moscow, and previously practised in France, Switzerland and the UK. She is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales, is a New York state attorney, and has experience advising in a broad range of complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration cases across several sectors.

Carey Olsen has 30 BVI-qualified lawyers working across its international network of offices.

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