GLOBAL - Ernst & Young, Hiberno Saxon, Longbow Real Estate Capital, Threadmark, Skadden

Ernst & Young LLP - Mike McNamara has rejoined the firm's North American Transaction Real Estate Group as a principal responsible for the real estate capital markets business. He will be based in Washington, DC. McNamara has come from the role of managing director of the investment banking division of the Royal Bank of Scotland, where he headed real estate products across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before then, he was a London-based partner at Ernst & Young in the UK, managing the real estate corporate finance advisory practice.

Hiberno Saxon - the property company has appointed Richard Huntingford and Simon Cooke to the board of its first property fund as non-executive directors. Huntingford will be chairman of the board. He has previously been chief executive at Chrysalis Group and chairman at Virgin Radio. He has spent 12 years at KPMG. Cook was managing director of Close Brothers property investment division from 2006 to 2009. The new fund will invest in UK commercial real estate.

Longbow Real Estate Capital - David Hunter has been appointed chairman of the UK commercial property debt provider. Hunter is currently a consultant with non-executive roles in the UK, the Nordic region, South Africa and India. Until 2004, he was managing director of Aberdeen Asset Management's property fund business. He has also been president of the British Property Federation and chairman of the Scottish Property Federation.

Threadmark LLP - Arnab Bhattasali has been appointed as vice-president in the firm's London office to focus on marketing and sourcing private equity, infrastructure and real estate funds in Europe and the Middle East. He was vice-president on the Alternative Capital Raising team at Goldman Sachs in London. Threadmark also announced that Paul Murphy, who joined the firm in 2010, has been promoted to vice-president.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom - Stephen Sims has been hired as partner at the firm to head up a new investment management practice in London. Sims joins from an unnamed international law firm, where Skadden says he has advised fund managers and investors on the structuring, establishment and operation of investment funds, especially private equity and real estate funds.