Suntera Global has appointed James Harries as head of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as the firm continues to pursue its global growth strategy.

In his new role, based in London, he will be responsible for driving Suntera’s M&A activity, taking a lead on identifying potential acquisition targets, in line with the firm’s international growth ambitions and ensuring transactions are completed smoothly and efficiently.

Before joining Suntera, Harris worked at a private equity backed payments and software business, in its corporate development function, where he worked across M&A and post-merger integration.

Prior to this, he spent seven years working in investment banking in London.

His appointment comes after a busy period of acquisitions for Suntera Global.

Last year the firm acquired Guernsey-based boutique fund, corporate and private wealth services provider Carey Commercial Limited, while the previous year it acquired Socium Fund Services in the US and Nedgroup Trust in Guernsey and Jersey, following the acquisition of NeoTrust in Luxembourg.

Suntera Global Chief Financial Officer Alex Noel said: “Suntera Global remains absolutely committed to continuing to develop and enhance its offering, and in turn that means pursuing an ambitious strategy of global growth in key locations, responding to the demands of clients.

“With that in mind, I’m pleased to welcome James to the team. His experience will be vital as we maintain our focus on building a high-quality business that can support the global and increasingly sophisticated needs of clients across the funds, corporate and private wealth space.”