Executive Search

We have an outstanding ability to identify, reference and “close” the right person for the role, which isn’t always the same as the best individual on paper. As our partners all have very specific market so we are able to give extensive advice on potential candidate onboarding issues. As our partners all have very specific market knowledge.

Succession Planning

We provide advice to boards and business leaders on the quality of their existing staff, to help determine whether or not to pursue an external hire – or simply to provide objective information to assist with appraisal talent management to assist leaders in assessing whether their own teams are right-sized versus the market.

Market Intelligence

We provide information on the structure and size of competitors, to assist leaders in assessing whether their own teams are right-sized versus the market. As our partners all have very specific market knowledge we are able to give extensive advice on potential candidate on boarding issues.

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We specialise in finding and attracting top talent across the Equities spectrum from cash to exotic covering the following functions:

Cash Equities -/+


Generalist & sector specialist sales

Execution Services

Sales trading & Portfolio Trading (Risk & Agency)

Electronic Execution (Algos & DMA)

Flow Derivatives & D1 -/+

Flow OTC and Exchange Traded Products

Equity financing sales and trading

Prime Services -/+

Prime Brokerage sales

Capital introductions

Client services

Global Research -/+

Equity large cap sector research

Macro – Strategy & Economics

Asset Allocation

Structured Equity Solutions -/+

Structuring (Cross asset)

Solution Sales to institutional

Solution Sales to Private Banks/Retail clients

Exotic/hybrid trading


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Investment Banks

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Asset Managers

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Hedge Funds


We provide the Graian Update, a weekly European synopsis of relevant people moves and industry perspectives across the sell and buy side. Starting this e letter in 2012, we are passionate about insight and driven to become one of the industry’s leading search practices for the Equities metier.

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Following an early career with a UK investment bank, James brings 18 years’ experience in senior front office executive search.

Having worked with leading international search firms such as Norman Broadbent, Sheffield Haworth and Correlate Search James subsequently managed the Global Markets business at New Millennium Group. James has completed searches for Board, management and leading producers for US, European and UK investment banks.

His own focus remains on Equities across global research, sales and execution services and leads the team covering Derivatives, Prime Services and the Alternatives industry. Graian launched in 2015 and provides a high touch advisory partnership with select banking and alternatives clients. A graduate of Loughborough University and UCC, James has an MSc in Sport & Performance Psychology and Honours degree in Politics and French.

james.gardner@graian.com  |  Direct:+44 (0) 203 805 5718 | Mobile:+44 (0) 7747 600 669

Tom has over 15+ years’ executive search experience in roles spanning research, consultancy and operations. His experience spans C suite and senior management opportunities predominantly within Financial Services. Throughout his career he has worked at leading search brands including Norman Broadbent, Correlate Search, CTPartners, Alexander Mann and Sheffield Haworth where he has built and ran research and executive teams. Before moving into executive search Tom worked as a consultant in the recruitment industry after a successful career in the British Army as an infantry officer.

research@graian.com  |  +44 (0) 203 805 5718