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Bank of America Merrill Lynch has promoted Sydney-based managing director David Wood to the role of head of Australia investment banking, according to an internal memo seen by The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Wood, who was named deputy head of Australia investment banking in February, succeeds Kevin Skelton, who was appointed Australian country head for the Wall Street bank earlier this week.

In the meantime, Bloomberg reports that Barclays hired three commodities directors from JPMorgan Chase & Co. last month and an oil trader from Citadel LLC.

Crude oil trader Thomas Wiktorowski-Schweitz joined from Citadel and is based in London, the bank said. Rebecca Lee joined as director in commodities sales in New York, Phil Hardwick is London-based director in energy sales, and Thomas Horn was hired as director in commodity-linked finance in Hong Kong. They all worked at JPMorgan.

And Bloomberg also reports that Barclays has hired Nomura’s Ulrich Boeckmann to head relations with private-equity firms operating in German-speaking territories in Europe, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Boeckmann becomes managing director at the investment banking division in Frankfurt and will develop business with clients in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.

Finally, BlueCrest Capital Management LLP, the $36 billion hedge-fund firm run by former JPMorgan trader Michael Platt, hired Nomura’s head of emerging markets credit trading, Marcel Kfoury.

Kfoury, who joined Nomura in July 2009, resigned on October 1st to become credit-portfolio manager for the hedge fund, he said today in a phone call from London. He’ll be based in the U.K. capital and will start his new post in January.

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