NORTHERN TRUST In line with continuing expansion and to ensure it remains best placed to continue to serve the needs of its global ultra-high net worth families and their family offices, Northern Trust has announced two senior appointments in its global family office and investment practices (GFO) group across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Belinda Aspinall (pictured) has been named head of GFO for the region, succeeding Lesley Hodgson who takes up the newly created role of wealth strategist and director of GFO for the Middle East. In her new role, Belinda, who was most recently head of Northern Trust’s Guernsey office, will be responsible for leading the region’s growing GFO business. Lesley joined Northern Trust in 1995 and has extensive experience helping families establish efficiency, governance and succession planning within family businesses, property, art and landed estates.
THERIUM Therium Group Holdings, a leading global provider of litigation finance, has added to its investment team in London with the appointment of Elly Brindle as an investment officer to Therium Capital Management. Elly joins Therium from Boies Schiller Flexner where she was a commercial litigation and international arbitration lawyer, practising competition and financial disputes, as well as white-collar fraud and corporate investigations, in particular. Previously, Elly trained and practiced at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Elly’s work at Boies Schiller focused on various major high stakes disputes, including representing Apple in its global antitrust litigation against Qualcomm; Midtown Acquisitions in its multijurisdictional judgment enforcement against Essar Global Fund Limited; a major hedge fund in relation to complex High Court proceedings against Terra Firma Capital Partners’ Four Seasons Healthcare Groups; and several significant commercial and investor-state arbitrations.
KNIGHT FRANK Knight Frank, the global real estate adviser, has appointed Chris Kelly as partner in the growing debt advisory team. Knight Frank launched a debt advisory team last year with Lisa Attenborough as head of commercial debt. Chris will bring his banking experience and knowledge to the team whilst advising clients on structuring debt facilities across the capital stack, and to arrange finance across all the sectors including development and investment finance. Chris joins Knight Frank from Santander UK, where he was director of the structured property finance team. He began his career at Barclays Bank, before going on to work for Allied Irish Bank, Anglo Irish Bank, and Deutsche Bank.