City & Corporate: The Week in the City

Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Ed Petter as head of corporate comms, reporting to Brigitte Trafford, group comms director. He will join on 4 January from McDonald's, where he is senior director of corporate relations.

Maitland has boosted its presence in Hong Kong and China with the acquisition of a controlling stake in Porda International Finance PR though parent company Havas. Maitland has agreed a strategic alliance with Porda, which will join the financial comms network AMO.

MHP Communications has recruited Tavistock Communications' Paul Young as a senior account manager in its asset management and technology & telecoms sectors.

FundLab, the London, South Africa and New Zealand-based provider of outsourced IT department and strategic services, has brought in Hume Brophy to manage its media relations.

Key Asset Management has called in Par Excellence PR to strategically handle the firm's external comms and media relations.

CB Ellis, the commercial property firm, has hired Rachel Drysdale from FD as a comms manager for the company's EMEA Real Estate Finance division.

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