Michel van Leeuwen has joined Hawksford as group chief executive.

The executive has experience in financial services and Fin-Tech and has held similar roles at Cordium and Microsoft Capital Markets.

Hawksford said the appointment underpins the firm’s focus on an accelerated growth in core corporate, private client and funds service lines.

The growth strategy will also target acquisitions. The company, backed by U.K. private equity firm Dunedin, plans to double its overall size and increase its geographical footprint over the next three to five years.

“Hawksford has a strong leadership team which I look forward to working alongside to deliver the company’s strategic plan,” Mr. van Leeuwen said. “The company has many excellent qualities, including the ability to be flexible and nimble in a busy marketplace delivering rigorous technical expertise.”

Before joining Hawksford, Mr. van Leeuwen was group CEO of Cordium, a provider of regulatory compliance consulting services to the asset management and securities industry.

He also served as managing director of Microsoft Worldwide Capital Markets and was responsible for delivering nearly $1 billion in revenue across the global capital markets industry. Mr. van Leeuwen formerly was CEO of the Risk Management division at Misys plc and a member of its operating board.

Philip Taylor, chairman of Hawksford, said, “We are thrilled that a business leader of Michel’s caliber has been appointed to lead Hawksford. The business is poised for significant growth and his specialist market knowledge and M&A experience will be vital in helping Hawksford to achieve its international ambitions.”

Hawksford has 220 employees and offices in Jersey, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

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