ON THE MOVE: SocGen Hires Green; Willner to NN

Joost Loves, Triquesta

Banking and financial services leaders Joost Loves and Geoff Cox were hired by fintech Triquesta.  As Managing Directors of business development, they will lead trade and commodity finance teams in different parts of the world. Loves joins Triquesta in the Netherlands, after more than a decade working for Synechron and its predecessor, Double Effect. Loves brings over 20 years of experience as an international consultant in the financial services industry with experience working for PwC, Double Effect and Synechron Netherlands.

Cox joins Triquesta in Sydney, after many years of working in trade and commodity finance for international and Australian banks. Cox has spent the past 10 years managing businesses active in structured trade and commodity finance in Australia, Asia, the UK and the USA with additional exposure to the South American markets. Most recently, he established and managed a commodity export business in Australia successfully implementing new product pathways into the EU.

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The law firm of Bressler, Amery & Ross recruited Joseph Calabrese as a new Principal in the Financial Institutions Group in its New York office. At the same time, the firm announced it has hired Megan Cannella as a Counsel in the Private Client Practice in its New Jersey office.

With 15 years of Securities Litigation/Regulatory experience, Calabrese is a veteran of banking and Wall Street, including the last 11 years as an Executive Director and senior member of the Wealth Management Client Litigation Group at Morgan Stanley. Prior to that, he served as an Associate General Counsel for five years at Citigroup Global Markets’ Smith Barney division.

Cannella has experience advising families and individuals on retirement and business-succession planning issues, strategically planning for the management and beneficial transfer of wealth. Prior to joining Bressler, she was an associate in the New Jersey office of a major law firm, and an associate at a boutique tax and estate firm.

According to the Trade, Societe Generale has hired Jonathan Green, formerly HSBC’s global head of sales for equities electronic trading in Hong Kong,as Head of Electronic Coverage in Asia Pacific for equities and equity derivatives within the Global Markets division, overseeing the new electronic coverage team.

Marco Willner, NN Investment Partners

George Bilicic has rejoined Lazard Ltd. as a Vice Chairman, Investment Banking and as Global Head of Power, Energy & Infrastructure. Bilicic comes from Sempra Energy, where he most recently served as President and Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Sempra in the fall of 2019, he served as a Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and as Global Head of Power, Energy and Infrastructure at Lazard, and headed the firm’s Midwest Investment Banking business. He originally joined Lazard as a Managing Director in 2002. Previously, Bilicic was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch and a Partner at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, which he joined as an associate in 1989.

Marco Willner was appointed Head of Investment Strategy, Multi-Asset, at NN Investment Partners. Willner has more than 15 years of experience in the European asset management industry, specialising in investment strategy, asset allocation and quantitative investing. In the past, he led the Strategy Team of German asset manager Feri, and advised, as a strategist, the pension funds of Shell. Most recently, he co-founded a Frankfurt-based asset manager that is dedicated to quantitative alternative strategies. He will report to Ewout van Schaick, the Head of Multi-Asset, and will be based in The Hague.

Runway Growth Capital, a leading lender of growth capital to both venture and non-venture backed companies seeking an alternative to raising equity, landed Rob Lake to head the company’s new Life Sciences practice. Lake comes to Runway from Bridge Bank, a division of Western Alliance Bank (NYSE:WAL), where he was the founder and group head of its life sciences practice. Previously, Lake was an executive director at Oxford Finance, LLC, a privately held specialty financial services company that provides capital exclusively to life sciences and healthcare services companies worldwide. He also spent time at Silicon Valley Bank and for The FINOVA Group.