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London Overview

A top global financial centre, London is home to global financial titans and UK-grown institutions, as well as over a million professionals working in its financial district. As challenges brought about by Brexit continue, employers in the London market must remain competitive in order to attract value-add talent. at Coopman, our extensive network, combined with our market intelligence, enables us to deliver recruitment solutions with hiring advice to ensure our clients remain competitive.

London’s financial services industry is characterised by a multitude of sector trends, reflecting its status as a global financial hub.

In the alternative investment sector, private equity and venture capital activities are booming. London attracts substantial capital, driving funding for promising startups and high-growth companies. Hedge funds and alternative investment managers further contribute to the alternative investment sector’s vitality in London. These firms employ diverse strategies, including long/short equity, global macro, event-driven, and systematic trading, to generate alpha and manage risk.

A noteworthy trend in London’s alternative investment sector is the rise of impact investing and the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into investment decision-making. Investors seek to achieve positive social and environmental impacts alongside financial returns.

Furthermore, London’s alternative investment landscape encompasses cryptocurrencies and digital assets. The city hosts crypto-focused investment funds, trading platforms, and custodial services, attracting institutional investors exploring this emerging asset class.

Other notable trends across financial services is seeing Sustainable finance and ESG initiatives flourish, positioning the city as a global leader in responsible investing. Open banking and PSD2 have driven increased competition, transparency, and innovation in the sector, fostering the growth of fintech solutions and services. The industry has also adapted to remote work transformation, embracing flexible work arrangements and digital collaboration tools.

As the industry continues to grow, candidate attraction strategy and talent retention is critical for long-term performance success. Developing emerging talent entering the workforce is vital for succession considerations. Moreover, opportunities and challenges arise for prospective international talent who can fulfil skill gaps that exist in the UK market. A crucial consideration is also transition talent; individuals that are either reskilling within financial services, or move from other sectors who possess transferable skills to add value to prospective employers. ESG, gender representation and automation/AI are also key factors for safeguarding competitiveness in today’s market.


Key Contact

William McCoppin


William began his career in London in 2010, working with global recruitment multinationals, specialising within the regulatory compliance, financial crime and fraud markets. William is skilled in providing interim, mid-to-senior and executive resourcing strategies, partnering with leading financial institutions across the UK and European markets.

William now delivers Compliance & Risk recruitment solutions, partnering individuals and clients in London.


Accounting & Finance Team


Ian Parker


Following redundancy from Lloyds as a medical malpractice broker, Ian changed careers and developed himself in the recruitment world, working on mid to senior level accounting & finance search, with a focus on Private Equity.

Ian now delivers Accounting & Finance recruitment solutions, partnering individuals and clients in private equity and alternatives in London.


Compliance & Risk Team


Chris Wood

Principal Consultant

Chris started his recruitment career in Australia, supporting asset managers across front-office, middle-office and back-office hires, before specialising in partnering Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Real Estate & Venture Capital organisations globally with key Regulatory Compliance professionals. He has an in-depth understanding of the market and prides himself on matching an individual’s needs, motivations & career aspirations with an organisation.

Chris now delivers Compliance & Risk recruitment solutions, partnering individuals and clients in London.


Front Office Team


Gareth Connellan

Principal Consultant

Gareth is professionally qualified in the field of financial planning in both Ireland and South Africa, having acquired 30 years’ experience in both the insurance and asset management industry.

He has performed a broad palette of roles and brings deep insights as an investment professional across all asset classes and as a distribution expert across institutional, wholesale and retail domains, as well as cross-functional coverage insights across legal, risk, compliance, and marketing.

Gareth now delivers Front Office recruitment solutions, partnering individuals and clients in Asset Management in Dublin & London.


Orla Louden

Senior Consultant

Orla began her career working in fixed income and FX middle office for a leading multinational investment bank, before progressing internally to front office via their EMEA capital markets programme. Subsequently, in her role in FX institutional sales, Orla’s client base included asset managers, hedge funds and insurance companies based across the EMEA region.

Orla now delivers Front Office recruitment solutions, partnering individuals and clients in hedge funds in London & New York.


Zelda Li

Executive Researcher

Zelda began her recruitment experience 5 years ago and has technical recruitment experience in areas including computer engineering and programming.

Zelda now sources Front Office Hedge Fund professionals for opportunities in London.

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