Hargreaves Lansdown hires new Head of Equity Research and further bolsters research team

Hargreaves Lansdown, the financial services company, has hired Derren Nathan as Head of Equity Research. Hal Cook has also joined as Senior Investment Analyst.

Derren has come from corporate brokers Hybridan, where he was Director of Research. Prior to Hybridan, where he has been for eight years, Derren worked at WH Ireland as an equity analyst. Derren has more than 15 years of experience in investment research, corporate finance, investor relations and M&A transactions – as well as specialist equity analysis experience in tech, leisure, smaller companies and AIM stocks.

Hal joins HL from Mercer where he oversaw fund selection and monitoring for their Private Wealth Discretionary Management Service. He brings expertise across all sectors, including mixed asset and fixed income, which will be his specialisms within the HL Fund Research team. Prior to Mercer, Hal worked at JLT Investment Management for eight years.

As well as being responsible for two mega-sectors, as a member of the Senior Research Team, he will also provide oversight and challenge to fund selection across all sectors on the Wealth Shortlist, and vote on all proposals.

The HL equity research team at HL produce more than 500 pieces of research every year, covering all major sectors as well as featuring regularly in national press, on broadcast, and contributing to the Switch Your Money ON podcast. The HL Fund Research team analyses funds, investment trusts and ETFs, producing more than 300 pieces of research a year. The team is also responsible for making fund selections for solutions that serve HL’s platform, advice and workplace clients, including the flagship fund list the Wealth Shortlist.

Emma Wall, Head of Investment Analysis and Research comments on the hires: “At HL we believe the right mix of homegrown talent and external expertise helps us to deliver the best possible client outcomes, and I am therefore thrilled to share two key appointments within the Investment Analysis and Research team.

-“Joining the equity and fund research functions, Derren and Hal bring a wealth of knowledge and experience – both of their specialisms and the wider market. These are high-calibre hires for HL and will add immediate value to our analysis processes and help us deliver an ever better service to clients.”