The latest senior wealth and asset management moves from across the UK and Europe
Thorsten Hartmann has been appointed to take over as head of the Julius Baer branch in Basel starting in April 2022. He will replace Claude Scharowski, who has led the office since it opened in 2000. Scharowski will remain at the business to focus on client advisory services until he retires in 2024.
Hartmann spent over 17 years at Credit Suisse, working mostly in the Basel region. He was head of private banking for HNWI Basel between 2013 and 2020, and was most recently head of HNWI for Northwestern Switzerland at the bank.
Private markets investment platform Titanbay has appointed former Barings managing director Gareth Read as chief operating officer to oversee further growth.
Read will run Titanbay’s operational infrastructure, including expanding its fund and investor services, and regulatory compliance.
He was previously managing director at Barings responsible for developing and managing its European fund infrastructure. He later worked at AshGrove Capital as finance and operations director, and has spent time on the audit and assurance team at Deloitte.
Earlier this summer, Titanbay announced a partnership with global asset manager Mercer to provide private markets solutions to wealth managers and private banks.
Ampla Finance, the legal finance provider based in Reading in the UK, has named Natalie Player and Deborah Ward, both qualified lawyers, as commercial director and partnership director respectively.
Player heads the business’ partnerships team, along with taking responsibility for developing existing and new products for the market. Ward is responsible for Ampla’s relationships with law firms and solicitors across the North of England and the Midlands.
Both Ward and Player join from Novitas Loans, where they were account directors for the last four years. Before Player’s time at the business, she trained and practised as a solicitor at Bircham Dyson Bell (now BDB Pitmans) and Ambrose Appelbe, both London-based firms.
Before her time at Novitas, Ward was a director at O’Neill Morgan and a solicitor at Keoghs, Nicholls, Lindsell & Harris, where she specialised in all aspects of personal injury and private client work, including dealing with complex probate issues.