Dexion Capital – Magnus Spence has been appointed head of asset management, responsible for expanding the range of real asset and alternative credit fund offerings. Spence has held a number of leading roles at Mercury Asset Management/Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, and in 2002, he co-founded Dalton Strategic Partnership.Sprenkels & Verschuren – Edward Snieder has joined pensions adviser Sprenkels & Verschuren as partner. Snieder is adviser for several players in the Dutch pensions and asset management market. Since 2009, he has been a partner at KPMG, where he started in 1997 as an adviser.Stamford Associates – Alexandra Haggard has been appointed to the newly created position of chief executive. She joins from Russell Investments, where she was managing director of product and marketing for the EMEA region.Société Générale Securities Services – Christophe Baurand has been appointed global head of commercial, marketing and liquidity management. Based in Paris, Baurand replaces Massimo Cotella, who has left the company.BlueBay Asset Management – Katherine Wentrup-Estupinan has been appointed sales director to support BlueBay’s alternatives business. She joins from Strategic Investments Group, a boutique alternative investments advisory firm, where she led the business development and investor relations effort within Southern Europe.Syntrus Achmea Real Estate – Erik van der Struijs has been appointed team leader for communications and marketing at Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance in Amsterdam. He has been spokesman for pensions and asset management at Syntrus Achmea since 2010. Marco Simmers has been appointed as his successor.Caceis Investor Services – Ronald Borst has started as senior business development manager at Caceis Investor Services. Over the last two years, Borst was institutional services sales director at custodian Kas Bank. Since 1996, he has held several positions at Kas Bank.Mirabaud Asset Management – Patrick Huber has been appointed senior portfolio manager, responsible for Swiss large-cap companies. He joins from Lombard Odier Investment Managers, where he had been responsible for the Swiss equities team. APG, TKP Pensioen, ING Investment Management, Dexion Capital, Sprenkels & Verschuren, Stamford Associates, Société Générale Securities Services, BlueBay Asset Management, Syntrus Achmea Real Estate, Caceis Investor Services, Mirabaud Asset ManagementAPG – Jan Bonenkamp has been appointed strategist for asset-liability management at the €396bn Dutch asset manager APG. Previously, Bonenkamp was scientific researcher at the Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).TKP Pensioen – Aart-Jan Baaijens has started as a senior account manager at pensions provider TKP Pensioen as of 1 January. Until recently, Baaijens was director of Pensioenfonds Campagne, which has liquidated itself and joined PGB, the €18bn industry-wide scheme for the Dutch printing industry.ING Investment Management – The asset manager – soon to become NN Investment Partners – has appointed Hiroshi Kimura as chief executive of ING IM Japan, succeeding Douglas Hymas. He joins from AllianceBernstein, where he was managing director of client relations and communications and a member of the board. He has also held several leadership positions at Credit Suisse Asset Management, Rothschild Asset Management and Taiheiyo Asset Management in Japan.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The Antigua and Barbuda government is among the many Caribbean governments that have expressed concern over Trump’s new immigration policy, describing it as “frightening”.The new rule, as being advocated by the White House adviser Stephen Miller is being regarded as a critical piece of President Donald Trump’s America First immigration agenda and is aimed at reshaping the immigrant community.The new regulation is aimed at hundreds of thousands of immigrants who enter the country legally every year and then apply to become permanent residents. Starting in October, the government’s decision will be based on an aggressive wealth test to determine whether those immigrants have the means to support themselves.Poor immigrants will be denied permanent legal status, also known as a green card, if they are deemed likely to use government benefit programs such as food stamps and subsidized housing. Wealthier immigrants, who are designated as less likely to require public assistance, will be able to obtain a green card.Officials said the program would not apply to people who already have green cards, to certain members of the military, to refugees and asylum-seekers, or to pregnant women and children.Immigration and Foreign Affairs Minister EP Chet Greene said Antigua and Barbuda should prepare to deal with the consequences if this plan is implemented.“If it goes forward, I mean you could be surprised to see the wave of returnees to these parts, as persons are forced out because that’s the effect of it… it forces you out of the system,” he said.“I can only hope that the forces aligned to fight this back are successful, but in the meantime just encourage our diaspora community to be mindful of what is happening: the many changes, the shift in policies taking place in the United States to be sure that they have their own game plans in place, to protect themselves, to protect their families,” Greene told the state-owned ABS Television and Radio.“I think the time has come with all of this ‘new development’ that we have to start looking at how do we prepare for the very likely eventuality of Antiguans returning home in large numbers. How do we cater to them socially? How do we cater to them from the perspective of work, the workplace? How do we look about the issue of health care? How do we look at the issue of security?”Greene said that some people are returning home with real hard seasoned criminal traits learned in the North American capitals.“Do we have in our own space a police force, a military and paramilitary services that can deal with, respond to and can really deal with these guys that are coming with first world criminal standards” he added.