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Argonaut appoints Edward James as COO

Argonaut Capital Partners has appointed Edward James as its chief operating officer.

James was previously head of operations at Octopus Investments. Prior to this, James was at Euroclear, where he was responsible for its expansion into the UK and managed the purchase of EMXCo. He also worked at Gerard Asset Management, where he was part of the management team that restructured the business ahead of its sale to Barclays Wealth.

Last week, Ignis Asset Management confirmed that joint venture Argonaut is to become operationally independent from the firm.

Argonaut Capital Partners is to take management control, owning 60 per cent under the new structure with Ignis reducing its equity stake from 50 per
cent to 40 per cent. Argonaut was the first joint venture launched by Ignis in 2005.

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