Cleveland & Co, the financial services focused law firm, has appointed Alejandro Alemany as a director.

Prior to his appointment, Alejandro had been a solicitor at Legal & General Investment Management, one of Europe’s largest asset managers, where he worked for four years. He has previously worked at financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs and Société Générale.

Alejandro, a dual qualified lawyer, brings over 13 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He has a thorough understanding of compliance and legal cultures in different jurisdictions having advised on multiple cross-border transactions.

At Legal & General Investment Management, Alejandro advised on securities lending, repurchase transactions, and pension and investment funds (UCITS and non-UCITS). Previously, Alejandro has worked on trading agreements, pension schemes, and investment funds for Goldman Sachs, and was also the ’Responsible Derivatives Advisor’ for the global equity flow desk at Société Générale.

Alejandro speaks four languages including Spanish and Russian, and has considerable experience of training both clients and colleagues

Emma Cleveland, managing director of Cleveland & Co, comments: ’I am delighted to be able to bring someone of Alejandro’s experience into our firm.

’He has worked for some of the biggest financial services firms and his expertise will be of great value to our clients as well as our own staff.

‘We are also proud of the high-quality training we provide both our clients and staff internally – Alejandro will be able to contribute greatly to that side of the firm and further better our service.’

Cleveland & Co is the first of its kind to provide outsourced ‘in-house’ legal services to firms in the investment management and wider financial services sector and acts for more than 70 clients, including Royal London, Credit Suisse, and Canada Life.