BNP Paribas' ex-head of CEEMEA FICC trading joined a hedge fund

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Remember Simon Birch? He's the former head of central and eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) fixed income trading at BNP Paribas. He's just turned up at hedge fund Highbridge Capital Management.

Birch joined Highbridge this February according to his LinkedIn profile. He left BNP Paribas after nearly three and a half years in October 2017. Birch has been around: prior to BNP, he worked for Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, Bank of American Merrill Lynch, and Barclays.

Birch's migration to the buy-side comes as Eisler Capital and Citadel have also been hiring in London.

Highbridge Capital has 14 registered employees in the UK according to the FCA register, down from 24 at its peak in March 2016.

Birch left BNP despite the French bank's emphasis on expanding revenues in its corporate and investment bank by an average rate of 4.5% over the three year period from 2017. His exit also follows cuts at the investment bank last year, although it's thought that Birch left of his own accord.

Highbridge Capital Management has a strategic partnership with J.P. Morgan and is based out of New York. It operates a variety of funds, including multi and single strategy products, and has around $5bn in assets under management.

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