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ZEDRA Appoints New Global Head Of Legal

Editorial Staff 16 March 2023

ZEDRA Appoints New Global Head Of Legal

With nearly two decades of experience gained working internationally in a variety of legal, risk, and management roles within the sector, the firm is confident that the new global head of legal will be an invaluable asset to the team.

ZEDRA, a global specialist in corporate and global expansion, active wealth, pensions and incentives services, and fund solutions, has appoointed Jon McKay as global head of legal.

McKay, who will be responsible for leading ZEDRA’s internal legal team and providing legal support to the business across all its service lines and offices, will report to ZEDRA CEO, Ivo Hemelraad. In addition, he will have overall responsibility for ensuring that ZEDRA adheres to changes in law affecting the group’s service offering and identifying and remedying complex legal issues.

McKay will join the senior management committee, where he will bring nearly two decades of experience gained working internationally in a variety of legal, risk, and management roles within the sector. Most recently, he served as managing director and head of business solutions of TrustQore in Switzerland, a role in which he was responsible for the oversight and management of the Swiss office and the establishment of the TrustQore brand in both Switzerland and Western Europe.

McKay will be based in ZEDRA’s Manchester office, working in close collaboration with Stuart Esslemont, who will continue in his role as global head of compliance and risk, the firm said in a statement.

McKay holds a first class honours degree in modern European languages (Spanish, Italian and Catalan) from Durham University, a GDL and LPC from Nottingham Law School, an MBA from Durham Business School and the STEP post-graduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advising. He was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2008 and is an affiliate member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Commenting on the appointment, Hemelraad said: “We are delighted to welcome Jon to our team as we continue to expand rapidly and service our clients to the highest standards. As a firm operating across specialist global markets and with a very dynamic merger and acquisition activity, it is of paramount importance that we receive the best legal guidance, and we are confident Jon’s leadership skills and expertise will be an invaluable asset to our team.”

McKay added: “I am thrilled to be tasked to lead ZEDRA’s legal team and look forward to using my knowledge and skillset to provide the legal support necessary to drive the next phase of strategic sustainable growth.”

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