Danos Group
26 May

We are keen to offer further updates on IR35, as we are frequently asked what it means for the current market as IR35 is delayed for another year.

Video Highlights Include:

  • Contracts within Financial Services are being extended.
  • Some institutions, more on the buyside or smaller firms such as FinTechs, are being able to offer Limited company contracts.
  • Institutions within banking and especially the bigger Investment banks have spent a lot of time and money implementing a PAYE contract structure, they are unlikely to bring in many Limited company contractors.

Our friends at Kingsbridge Insurance have created some detailed and interesting podcasts on IR35, how the industry is reacting.

Please feel free to contact me for further advice or assistance.

19 May

We have been inspired by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who launched Our Frontline (a helpline uniting mental health charities in the support for those working on the frontline against coronavirus).

The Danos team will be completing 20 challenges for 20 days, to raise as much money for Mind, who are one of the charities uniting for Our Frontline.

Follow our daily progress on LinkedIn and if possible please show your support for the cause by donating at – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danos2020challengeforcharity

Thank You

If you want to follow our early progress:

Visit for day 1 to day 5

Visit for day 6 to 10

Visit for day 11 to 15

Day 20 (the final!) – Global Team Triathlon

It is the final day of the Danos 2020 Challenge for Charity, we took on the task of doing 20 Challenges in 20 Days, to raise money for Mind.

Six teams from around the globe competed in a Triathlon with a difference. Each team had to complete a 20 Minute Cycle, 2.0 km Run, and 200 Jumping Jacks, the times were then added together and verified, and the team with the quickest time won….

Congratulations Denis Spearman, Isabel Anchebe, and Jordan Locke, who came first place in the Global Team Triathlon.

Day 19 – 20 Minutes Boxing

The gloves are on today for the challenge – 20 Minutes Boxing.

Day 18 – 20 Pictures Of The Day

For the days challenge, the Danos team took 20 Pictures that reflected their day. There definitely seemed to be a lot of food!

Day 17 – 20 Minute FaceTime With A Loved One

It is important that during these restricted socialising times, that we keep in contact with loved ones, friends, clients and candidates. For today’s Challenge for Charity the Danos Team have spent some quality time with their families, albeit remotely!

Staying connected can help your mental health and will also brighten up the day for others – Just look at the joy this challenge has created.

Day 16 – 2.0 Meter Lego Tower

For today’s challenge the wider Danos family was enrolled to help build the 2.0 Meter Lego Towers – Very impressive.

14 May

We have been inspired by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who launched Our Frontline (a helpline uniting mental health charities in the support for those working on the frontline against coronavirus).

The Danos team will be completing 20 challenges for 20 days, to raise as much money for Mind, who are one of the charities uniting for Our Frontline.

Follow our daily progress on LinkedIn and if possible please show your support for the cause by donating at – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danos2020challengeforcharity

Thank You

If you want to follow our early progress:

Visit for day 1 to day 5

Visit for day 6 to 10

Visit for day 16 to 20 (the final)

Day 15 – 20 Minute Dance Party

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week – The Danos team are showing their support by raising money for Mind, a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We are completing 20 Challenges in 20 Days to raise money for Mind. Today’s challenge a 20 minute dance party!

Day 14 – 20 Minutes Meditation

Today’s challenge 20 minutes of meditation, is focused on improving our mental health. Research shows that meditation can help you relax, which has a positive impact on your mental health.

Day 13 – 20 Press-Ups Every Hour Of The Day

Day 13 unlucky for some! The Danos team took on the press-up challenge, 20 press-ups every hour of the day, each person did at least 280 press-ups during the day. This challenge was completed across the globe in London, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Day 12 – 20 Keepie-Uppies

The UEFA Euro 2020 tournament has been postponed until 2021, but there is no stopping the budding Danos footballers, as they tackle today’s challenge for charity – 20 Keepie-Uppies.

Give it ago yourself, how many keepie-uppies can you do?

Day 11 – Learn A 20 Word Sentence In A New Language

Today the Danos team went back to studying and learnt a new language – Dutch, Japanese and Hungarian!

13 May

The impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) is being felt by all countries around the world. Like in most industries, Financial Services business leaders are navigating a broad range of issues that span from keeping people safe to their organisations’ commercial outlooks.  As many countries in Asia Pacific begin to return to a new “normal” environment, we are starting to see an increase in hiring activity. 

Critical hires across Compliance and Risk are essential to firms. Hiring managers have a clear sense of their talent acquisition needs and are proceeding with their critical hiring strategies. Regulations and legislation are still in place and firms still have a requirement to adhere to them. 

Understandably, there are some organisations that are cautious about hiring new headcount. Roles linked to business expansion or reorganisation are currently on hold or delayed, although we expect to see this change as the summer progresses. For hiring managers who want to get ahead of their competitors by securing the top talent, they should initiate the process and sourcing of candidates with early-stage interviews, albeit remotely, using video conferencing facilities.

Senior hires are essential to businesses, and in some local markets such as Hong Kong, there is a shortage of experienced Vice President (VP) to Managing Director (MD) level candidates, as a result of talent heading overseas and it being more difficult to attract foreign talent due to current travel restrictions and uncertainties.

Across Asia Pacific most governments have taken a proactive approach to managing the Covid-19 outbreak; this is enabling them to loosen restrictions and work towards a more “normal” working climate. Historically the Asia Pacific market trends to bounce back quickly from downturns and hiring managers should activate their recruitment strategies as soon as possible.    

As a global headhunting firm that specialises in Compliance, Risk and Legal within the Financial Services industry, we are supporting those clients who are proceeding with their critical hiring strategies and those clients that want to ensure they have the hiring advantage.

We have successfully adapted our methods to support virtual recruitment, including video interviewing, and we are guiding both clients and candidates effectively through the process.

Please contact me to discuss any current or upcoming hiring, or to ask any questions about the changing landscape.

11 May

We have been inspired by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who launched Our Frontline (a helpline uniting mental health charities in the support for those working on the frontline against coronavirus).

The Danos team will be completing 20 challenges for 20 days, to raise as much money for Mind, who are one of the charities uniting for Our Frontline.

Follow our daily progress on LinkedIn and if possible please show your support for the cause by donating on our Just Giving page.

Thank You

If you want to follow our early progress visit day 1 to day 5, and later progress visit days 11 to 15, and visit day 16 to 20 (the final)

Day 10 – 20 Minutes Practicing A New Skill

During lockdown have you been tempted to learn a new skill? Today, the Danos team was tasked with practicing new skills, including Juggling, Mani Nail Art, Hoovering! Hairdressing! and Impersonating!

What new skills have you learnt?

Day 10 – 20 Minutes Practicing A New Skill

Day 9 – 2.0 Minute Plank

Today the Danos global team planked for 2.0 minutes, in London, Hong Kong, New York, and Singapore, we completed this challenge, and it is tougher than you think!

A plank challenges your entire body, doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises. Can you plank for 2.0 minutes?

Day 9 – 2.0 Minute Plank

Day 8 – 2.0 Hours Sponsored Silence

Have you tried 2.0 hours of silence when you live in a busy home? Today’s challenge is 2.0 hours of silence, to support the Danos 2020 Challenge for Charity – 20 Challenges in 20 Days.

Day 8 – 2.0 Hours Sponsored Silence

Day 7 – 20 Cartwheels (each)

20 very impressive cartwheels performed by the Danos team today – Well done.

Day 7 – 20 Cartwheels (each)

Day 6 – 20 Second Tic Tok Video

For today’s challenge some of the Danos team created a 20 second Tic Tok video!

Day 6 - 20 Second Tic Tok Video
06 May

The first few months of 2020 were particularly buoyant for hiring in the in-house legal sector, an uptick in the number of senior hires compared to what we would ordinarily see at that time of the year.

Despite the changes in the market due to the COVID-19 pandemic, critical and strategic senior hires are still being made for a number of firms across the board.

See below for a snapshot of senior legal moves and promotions which took place in the first quarter of 2020.

Banking

James Morgan and Prabhat Kumar have been promoted to jointly Co-Head of the Legal function for MUFG across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Prior to this promotion, James Morgan was the Head of Primary Markets and Sales & Trading Legal, and Prabhat Kumar, the Head of Structuring Legal.

Richard Johnson joins Wells Fargo as EMEA Managing Counsel to lead a team of experienced lawyers from his role as Senior Legal Consultant at BNY Mellon.

Jonathan Lagan joins Aldermore Bank as General Counsel from his role as Group General Counsel & Company Secretary at Balfour Beatty.

Carolyn Jones joins Daiwa Capital Markets Europe as the Head of Legal and Transaction Management Department from her role as Co-Head of Legal at BBVA.

Nicholas Joyce joins Ahli United Bank as the new Head of Legal and Company Secretary from his consulting role at BNP Paribas.

Oliver Rooke, Head of Bank Legal for Close Brothers has taken on the additional role as Group Head of Legal Operations.

Investment Management

Nicole Vella has joined as General Counsel at Metric Capital Partners from her role as a Lawyer in the Corporate Private Equity practice of White and Case.

Aaron Kienwaldjoins Oakley Capital as the Head of Legal (Funds), from his role as an Associate in the Private Equity Funds team at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

Bijal Shah joins Partners Group from her role at Brown Brother Herriman where she was the Global Head of FX Contracts and Regulatory Strategy.

Emily Lanfear has been promoted from her role as Senior Legal Counsel to her position as Head of Legal at Sarasin and Partners.

Sharn Gill has been promoted to General Counsel at Queensgate Investments from her role as Vice President.

Matthew Toppjoins Australian Super as a European Legal Counsel from his role as Director, Real Estate at BlackRock.

Edel Coughlan, ex AQR and Fidelity has joined the Asset Management Exchange as a Lawyer based in their Cork office.

Fintech / Payments / Regulatory

Dean Nash joins TransferWise as General Counsel from his role as Chief Legal Officer at Monzo.

Olivia Broderick joins the online payment company, Checkout.com as its first GC and Head of Regulatory after three years as General Counsel at Zopa UK.

Valerie Borden Farkas has been promoted to Head of Legal, EMEA at Bloomberg LLP from her role as Senior Counsel.

Christopher Rich, a Managing Associate from Linklaters has taken up the role of General Counsel at the FICC Markets Standards Board (FSMB), a standard setting body for the wholesale fixed income, currencies and commodities markets.

DANOS ASSOCIATES – LEGAL

Danos Associates is a leading specialist executive search firm providing a personalised, discreet recruitment and selection service to an elite client base across the global market.

With an unparalleled talent network, we provide experienced, top quality professionals within the Legal sector throughout EMEA, the Americas and APAC.

Our network and deep understanding of the in-house market perfectly positions us to efficiently source the best individuals for your organisation, whether that be General Counsel or junior level lawyers.

We pride ourselves on being able to match talent not just to the requirements of the role, but also to the culture of the team and the organisation.

Our offering:

  • Retained Search
  • Contingency Recruitment

Having an interconnected practice successfully enables us to uniquely leverage the Legal and Compliance spheres within financial institutions, professional services, and commercial companies.

Over the past decade, our search consultants have developed a comprehensive network of candidates and clients, built through both delivery on mandates and nurturing of relationships.

If you would like a copy of the report, or if you have any further queries, please do contact me. Maame Eshun, Email: meshun@danosassociates.com or phone:
+ 44 (0) 20 3908 4809
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