LONDON (HedgeWorld.com)–Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein hired a number of executives as directors in the hedge fund sales department, according to a statement from the firm.

Hired in the firm’s liquid markets sales group were Ville Niiranen, who previously was with BNP Paribas, and Shailen Popat, who previously was with Societe Generale. They report to Angela Osborne, global hedge fund sales coordinator, and Charles Matterson, European head of liquid product sales.

In foreign exchange, Roger Allen joined DrKW as head of FX hedge fund sales. He previously was with AIG. He reports to Christian Exshaw, European head of FX sales.

Matthew Tricks and Clive Emery were hired in the equities absolute return group. Mr. Tricks previously was with Credit Suisse First Boston, and Mr. Clive was with Merrill Lynch, according to the statement. The two report to David Cooke, head of hedge fund sales for equities.

Sophie Granchi was hired in the equity derivatives flow sales group. She previously was head of the listed equity derivative sales desk at BNP Paribas with a focus on hedge funds and reports to Zach Tuckwell, managing director in European flow derivatives sales, according to the statement.

DrKW is the investment banking unit of Dresdner Bank AG, Frankfurt, Germany.

PBarr@HedgeWorld.com