Financial Services

The Barrington Hibbert Associates Financial Services team has a rich and diverse background within Financial Services executive search and consulting.

In recent years, the emergence of hybrid working as the new normal, and the mass migration of talent into the EU as banks began to set up their EMEA HQs outside of the City have deeply impacted the talent race. London is no longer the sole centre of EMEA for banking, and we are instead witnessing a large-scale transition. No area of the financial services sector is unaffected. Meanwhile, emerging tech firms are increasingly taking on large established firms in the battle for the best talent, as the more traditional firms struggle to retain their executive level talent in the face of the innovative new FinTech organisations.

Working alongside our client partners we deliver product and corporate executive search alongside due diligence, market mapping and leadership development services.

Our network casts a wide and diverse net, focusing not only on leaders currently within the sector, but also on those in the wider corporate landscape.

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Sector Specialisms

We are experienced across financial and professional services.

An unprecedented disruptive digitisation significantly drives innovative business models in the Financial Services sector today.

Our long-standing global expertise and experience worldwide has won us a reputation as forward-thinking, expert advisors in talent strategy covering the Asset and Wealth Management, Private Banking, Trust and Fund Services industries.

We have a strong track record with the most renowned family enterprises - single and larger global multi-family offices and have long assisted owners and leadership with board advisory services, talent and leadership recruiting, intervention, and succession planning.

We are well acclimatised to the rapidly evolving markets our clients face, and the challenges that this brings. Since the crisis and the subsequent regulatory restructure of the sector, both retail and corporate banks have been forced to address a fast-changing landscape, largely driven by customer opinion and technology.

Leaders must not only cultivate positive and trustworthy cultures, they must also do so while delivering value and transparency across service lines. Traditional firms struggle with adapting legacy platforms and operations while the challengers of the last decade struggle to scale. All these conditions reinforce a need for multi-skilled and reliable leaders both from within and outside of the sector.

Through many marker cycles, our Investment Banking practice has been at our clients’ sides. Now more than ever, we are working with our Corporate Finance and Capital Market partners to build the leadership teams that can navigate the tumultuous economic climate.

Alongside our front office teams our Risk, Security and Compliance specialists help clients deliver best-in-class regional and global leadership teams.

With technological breakthroughs sweeping through financial services, innovation has propelled a new wave for FinTech firms to the forefront of the sector. The way we save, invest, and spend is also rapidly changing, and firms must remain abreast of these innovations to remain competitive. We work closely with a dynamic range of disruptive global consultancy firms, financial software solutions and services providers and technology start-ups. Our experience across financial services and technology secures a thorough understanding of the relationship between both industries and allows us to identify the leaders ready to embrace the future of the sector.

Threats to business growth are becoming increasingly complex, as clients’ needs, and expectations have also evolved. Our global insurance consultants help our clients to find, develop, and retain the leaders, who will shape the future and bring growth and innovation across life, property and casualty, brokerage, and reinsurance businesses.

Industry access, gravitas, and deep sector knowledge and expertise in the critical issues allow us to commit to excellence.