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In-house: Barclays’ Asia GC set for EME investment bank role following Handling’s departure

Barclays has appointed Simon Croxford as general counsel (GC) for Investment Banking for the Europe and Middle East region (EME) following the departure of Erica Handling.

Croxford, who currently serves as managing director and GC for Asia Pacific, will initially keep his existing responsibilities and continue as a member of the Asia Pacific executive committee until a replacement is found. This will see him split his time between London and Asia though he will relocate to the UK during the summer.

Reporting to Mark Shelton, the newly appointed global GC and the regional GC for the Americas, Croxford will also take over responsibility for the legal coverage of Barclays Non-Core which is currently undertaking an asset disposal programme. He will also remain a member of the group and investment bank legal executive committees and lead on developing the bank legal team’s global colleague agenda.

Croxford joined Barclays’ London office in 2005 from UBS and previously led its legal team across EMEA before being made GC for Asia Pacific in 2012. Before UBS, he worked as a corproate finance lawyer at Linklaters.

Handling’s departure was announced last week, following those of global GC of corporate and investment banking Judith Shepherd and global head of financial crime Jonathan Peddie.