Practices

Asset & Wealth

Management

Our Asset & Wealth Management team has worked with a wide variety of firms over 25 years – from nascent and independent hedge funds to global, insurance-owned, listed and product-specialist asset and wealth managers.  We also work with asset owners, including sovereign wealth funds, family offices and pension funds.  Our record and expertise extends across both public and private markets.  We have an unusually long, thorough and practically useful perspective on the evolution of the investment management industry, as well as the roles within it.

In this context, we have built and now maintain strong and lasting relationships with numerous senior executives and leaders of Human Resources within many of the principal asset managers in the UK, Europe and the USA, and can offer insights into competitor and market activity, as well as identify and recruit talented individuals and teams.  The depth and breadth of relationships is such that we have become a well-respected nexus for investment professionals seeking change.

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Board Appointments

We undertake assignments to appoint independent non-executive directors for public and private companies across the spectrum of financial and professional services companies.  We have expertise in placing Chairmen, Senior Independent and Non-Executive Directors, and Risk, Audit and Remuneration Committee Chairmen, to facilitate clients to achieve top-performing boards. Partnering with our sector specialists we combine industry expertise, diligence and experience to attract critical talent to our client Boards.

The partners of SHP founded and helped develop BoardEx, a proprietary networking database of the directors of quoted companies worldwide, which provides additional access to, and enables real-time tracking of, individual directors and their experience and qualifications.

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Capital Markets

The specialist Capital Markets team has an extensive track record of placing executives across all capital market disciplines in EMEA and North America.  We have a long-established reputation for delivering talent solutions for Financing across Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, High Yield and Leveraged Finance, Real Estate Finance, Project Finance, Infrastructure Finance and Structured Finance.  This is across seniorities from global head of divisions through to associate level.

Our combined deep industry knowledge and extensive network in the market has ensured that we remain at the forefront of product development and activity.  We understand the unique cultures of our clients and aim to meet their needs efficiently and with the highest standards of execution.

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Corporate & Investment

Banking

We have one of the most active and well-known Corporate and Investment Banking teams in the market.  We have been instrumental in some of the most high-profile appointments in the UK and continental Europe, delivering leading coverage and advisory teams for investment banks and corporate finance boutiques.  Our team has more than 50 years combined experience of working in Corporate and Investment Banking and has focused on whole business recruitment, smaller team moves and assisting clients to hire key producers and business leaders.

Our long-established reputation and deep market knowledge make us well respected and ensures that we remain at the forefront of product development and activity.  Our aim is to meet the needs of our clients efficiently and with the highest standards of execution.

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Insurance

We have one of the most active international Insurance teams in the market and therefore have unrivalled access to the talent in the Life and Non-Life industry.  As a team, we have handled more than 600 executive and board searches in the UK, Bermuda, the US, continental Europe and Asia.  Our partners have more than 25 years combined experience of broking and underwriting and more than 50 years in search.  We therefore have an understanding of (re)insurance that is second to none in search.

Importantly, we also have a strong track-record of successfully placing candidates from other areas of financial services and beyond, as well as those already in the sector.  In 2013 we combined our London Insurance Practice with US-based Sterling James, and today we handle senior insurance assignments from London, New York, Chicago, Dublin and Zurich.

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Not For Profit

We are increasingly recognised for bringing new talent into charities, NGOs and other not-for-profit enterprises at Chairman, CEO and CFO level.  Our success is a result of building a customised research and search strategy for each of the assignments we handle on behalf of not-for-profit clients.

In this way our shortlists are usually made up of some candidates who have a great deal of experience in not-for-profit and others who will bring different experience to one of these roles, if they are selected.  Importantly, these searches are handled by us because we want to give something back and that means finding the very best candidates possible, every time.

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Private Markets

We are experienced in providing talent solutions at all levels within private debt and equity markets, and in particular in the real estate and infrastructure sectors.  We have worked with both general and limited partners across primary and secondary markets, as well as co-investments, distressed debt and direct lending.

We also work with our clients’ portfolio companies to assess board and management teams and to provide effective succession plans.  We are sensitive to the often-unique needs of our clients and can swiftly identify dynamic executives that can help to drive commercial success.  Our practice also benefits from the extensive networks of our consultants within both banking and industry to identify exceptional dealmakers for our clients’ investment teams.

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Sales, Trading & Research

Sainty, Hird & Partners has an unparalleled track record within secondary markets, its partners having been responsible for approximately 1,000 hires over the past 20 years.  Working across cash and derivatives, PT and Electronic, it has been responsible for the formation and build-out of a number of leading investment banks in both Europe and the USA.  We work with and for Global and Regional Heads of Equities, Fixed Income and Credit, as well as global functional heads (Sales, Research, Execution) to desk heads and team members.

Our market-leading intelligence allows us to act as long-standing and trusted advisors to many major financial institutions and to work quickly and efficiently with absolute discretion.  We partner with our clients across recruitment, client due diligence, leadership, and competitor and diversity analysis – enabling them to make strategic decisions with objectivity and clarity.

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Technology

We work with established, growing and nascent financial services firms to find leaders for all technology areas, including cybersecurity, infrastructure, AI and digital strategy.  We advise not only on key hires, but also growth and succession planning.  Our clients extend across various Fintech and Greentech start-ups, retail and consumer financial services, payments, investment and wholesale banking, insurance, private equity, venture and scale-up capital, and wealth and asset management. As active investors, we have particular expertise in digital transformations, scale-ups and advising boards of portfolio companies, and we have a growing record in building management teams for private and PE-backed Fintech businesses.

We are supported by a network of AI and data-related companies in which we have been founder investors, such as Boardex and The Disruption House.  This enables us to attract talent from outside the financial services sector.  

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“Working with Sainty Hird, we made 107 offers to candidates in various areas of equities over five years and we received 103 acceptances.”

Head of Research,  global investment and advisory financial services firm

“I have dealt with Sainty, Hird & Partners for over 20 years and they have never failed to find the right candidate.”

Founder & CEO,  Independent Equity Exchange

“The Sainty, Hird & Partners team are a pleasure to work with.”

CIO,  multi-family office

“The team's knowledge of the marketplace and success rate in filling the various roles we have presented has been impressive.”

Global Head of Equities,  Global Asset Management House

“Most search firms can find candidates, several can get the candidate to entertain an offer, but Sainty Hird is really good at closing the hire.”

HEAD OF RESEARCH,  GLOBAL INVESTMENT AND ADVISORY FINANCIAL SERVICES FIRM

“The Sainty Hird team always finds candidates with the right cultural fit as well as the ability to do the role.”

FOUNDER & CEO,  INDEPENDENT EQUITY EXCHANGE
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