Couturier heads Hudson Europe

Philippe Couturier joined Hudson Advisors this month as president for Europe, replacing Ron Coggle, who has left. Couturier spent 16 years at Goldman Sachs’ servicing and debt business Archon Group. Hudson manages and services investments by Lone Star funds.

Mercury rises for Gaffney

Domhnall Gaffney,  previously with Lloyds Capital Markets, has established credit risk service company Mercury Analysis. It provides independ-ent credit assessment of loans and portfolios for property lenders and seeks to help clients manage regulatory pressures.

Pfandbriefbank goes for growth

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank announced further German expansion at the EXPO Real exhibition earlier this month. It has opened Berlin and Hamburg offices and will open in Dusseldorf early in 2013. In September the bank opened a Stockholm office. Bernhard Scholz, the bank’s real estate board member, said the second half of 2012 had been much stronger than the first in terms of new origination.

Verheijden answers Clarion call

US fund manager Clarion Partners has opened a London office and has appointed Jeroen Verheijden to manage it. Verheijden, who joins from Aviva Investors’ multi manager business, will focus initially on European clients who invest or want to invest in the US, but Clarion may invest in Europe in the future. Clarion was formerly part of ING REIM, before that business was sold to CBRE Global Investors.