JP Morgan banker joins Kremlin

The Russian government has hired one of the country's most influential investment bankers to informally consult state-run companies over acquisitions abroad, according to banking sources.

New CFO for VocaLink

VocaLink, an international payment transaction specialist, has appointed Claire Hafner to its board as CFO. Hafner will be responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial management, including the accounting, commercial, procurement, legal, and risk and compliance functions.

UBA appoints new executive director

The board of The United Bank for Africa has appointed Alhaji Bello as executive director with supervisory responsibilities for the bank’s interstate transaction business. The appointment is subject to the confirmation of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Standard Chartered appoints MENA head

On September 1, David Law will join Standard Chartered as the managing director and regional head of the origination and client coverage (OCC) team for the Middle East and North Africa (Mena). Law will report to V. Shankar, member of the Standard Chartered group management committee and group head of origination and client coverage.

BNYM expands treasury services in EMEA

The Bank of New York Mellon (BNYM) has further strengthened its treasury services operations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), with new appointments in Brussels, Frankfurt, Cairo and London.