About Us

VARO Partners was established in 2012 by a group of industry leading consultants from several search firms to provide recruitment solutions to clients within financial markets and the legal sector.

By pooling our market intelligence from these two sectors, we are able to offer clients and candidates expert advice and share wider market trends.

Our mission is to provide our clients with an honest assessment of the market while maintaining discretion and integrity.

Financial Markets

Our management team has over 30 years of experience in providing consultancy services to leading Investment Banks, Hedge Funds, Asset Managers, Private Banks, Wealth Managers, Family Offices and Brokerage firms. The team currently operates across all asset classes within the global cash and derivative markets with a focus on the following areas:


  • Equities
    • Flow Equity Derivatives Trading
    • Exotic Equity Derivatives Trading
    • Delta 1
    • Convertible Bond Trading
    • Emerging Markets Equity Derivatives Trading
    • Fund Derivatives Trading
    • Equity Volatility Proprietary Trading
  • Interest Rates
    • Vanilla IR Options Trading
    • Exotic IR Derivatives Trading
    • Inflation Trading
    • Linear Rates Trading (Bonds & Swaps)
    • IR Hybrids Trading
    • STIR Derivatives Trading
  • Credit
    • Corporate Derivatives Trading
    • Investment Grade Credit Trading
    • High Yield, Loans and Distressed Debt
    • Structured Credit Trading
  • FX
    • Vanilla, Flow Exotic & Complex Exotic FX Options Trading
    • FX Correlation Trading
    • FX Spot Trading
    • FX Forwards Trading
    • Long Dated FX & FX/IR Hybrids Trading
    • FX Structuring
  • Emerging Markets Fixed Income (CEEMEA, LatAm & Local Asian markets)
    • FX Spot & FX Forwards/Swaps Trading
    • FX Options Trading
    • Linear Rates Trading
    • Credit Trading
    • Structured Rates & Structured Credit Trading

For more information on Trading, please contact d.anders@varopartners.com


Investment Management, Private Banking & Wealth Management

  • Portfolio Management
  • Investment Research
  • Distribution
  • Client Services, Sales Support & Marketing
  • Risk & Compliance
  • Board Level Hires
  • Non-Execs

For more information on Investment Management, Private Banking & Wealth Management, please contact d.robertson@varopartners.com


 Corporate Advisory

  • Capital Introductions
  • M&A Introductions

For more information on Corporate Advisory, please contact d.robertson@varopartners.com


 Derivatives Structuring and Solutions:

  • Interest Rate Derivatives
  • FX Options
  • Credit Derivatives
  • Emerging Markets
  • Commodity Derivatives
  • Equity Derivatives

For more information on Derivatives Structuring and Solutions, please contact a.oyegbite@varopartners.com


 Quantitative Finance and Algorithmic Trading

  • Quantitative Analytics (Derivatives Pricing and Hedging)
    • Interest Rate Derivatives
    • FX Options
    • Credit Derivatives
    • Commodity Derivatives
    • Emerging Markets
    • Equity Derivatives
    • CVA/Counterparty Risk Modeling
    • Model Validation/Review
  • Systematic and Quantitative Prop Trading (Medium to High Frequency)
    • Equities (Cash/Futures)
    • FX (Spot/Futures)
    • Interest Rates Futures
    • Commodity Futures
  • Electronic Trading Quants (Franchise Business)
    • Listed Equity Options Market Making
    • Interest Rates /Govie Bond Swaps and Futures E-Trading
    • FX Spot E-Trading
    • Cash Equity Algo Trading

For more information on Quantitative Finance and Algorithmic Trading, please contact a.oyegbite@varopartners.com


 Research and Strategy

  • Global Emerging Markets Research
  • Global Macroeconomics
  • Global FX Strategy
  • Global Interest Rate Strategy
  • Global Credit Research & Strategy
  • Global Equity Research & Strategy
  • Global Asset Allocation
  • Quantitative Strategy
  • Cross Asset Research
  • Index Research and Strategy
  • Technical Analysis

For more information on Research and Strategy, please contact d.robertson@varopartners.com



VARO Legal specialises in building relationships with leading lawyers globally.  Our consultants have experience in placing solicitors at all levels from Newly Qualified Associates up to Senior Partners and General Counsel. Our areas of specialism include:

In house

Recent placements include:

  • Head of Compliance – Private Bank/Asset Manager
  • Associate General Counsel – FX Company
  • Legal Counsel – Leading Sports Body
  • Corporate Counsel – Financial Services Company

Private practice

Areas of specialisation include:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate Finance, Funds, M&A and Private Equity
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • UK and US Capital Markets, including High Yield

Recent placements include:

  • Private Credit Team – US firm
  • Project Finance Partner – US firm
  • Private Equity Partner – US firm
  • Restructuring & Insolvency Partner – Silver Circle firm
  • Private Equity Associate – US firm
  • Real Estate Finance Partner – Silver Circle firm
  • Leverage Finance NQ – US firm
  • Real Estate Finance Senior Associate to Partner – Top 20 UK firm
  • Corporate Finance Counsel – US firm (Abu Dhabi)
  • Leverage Finance Associate – US firm
  • Project Finance Counsel – US firm
  • Project Finance Senior Associate to Partner – Mid-market firm
  • Real Estate Finance Associate – Silver Circle firm
  • Restructuring Associate – Silver Circle firm
  • Banking Associate – (Dubai)
  • Project Finance Associate – (Abu Dhabi)
  • Leverage Finance Senior Associate – US firm
  • EM Associate – International firm
  • Asset Finance NQ – US firm


At VARO, all of our candidates are sourced through headhunting. This ensures that we only provide our clients with exceptional candidates. By headhunting rather than advertising, we are also able to put our clients in touch with individuals who are not actively on the market but who remain open to outstanding opportunities.


Many of the candidates that we work with are not actively seeking a move. However, by engaging with us, they benefit from regular market updates and maintain an open line to any exceptional opportunities that may arise.

Join Us

Flexible Working

At VARO we do things differently. Our employees choose their own working arrangements. Whether this means working 3 days from home or starting your day later because this suits your market better, you get to decide which working hours fit you.


Market-leading Commission Structure and Rewards

Most recruitment businesses adopt a “one size fits all” approach when remunerating and allocating commission to their staff with a take home pay of around one third of their revenue generated. At VARO we are proud of our commission structure that ensures that our consultants are genuinely and generously rewarded for their hard work; and that high performing consultants with a strong client base are able to take home significantly more than a third of what they generate.


We need Partners

As a growing business, we are excited about our progress to date. However, our objectives remain ambitious and we continue to seek to add depth and experience to our management board both from the market and from within. All of our Directors are stakeholders in the business and benefit from VARO’s success from day one.


Interested in having a chat?

Contact Liam l.vandoorne@varopartners.com (Legal) or David d.robertson@varopartners.com (Financial Markets).

Or just call us on +44 (0) 203 935 5000

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    CEO and Co-Founder


    Liam is a founding member of VARO Partners and heads up the Global Legal Practice. He specialises in placing solicitors in Energy & Infrastructure and Banking & Finance. His clients include international and niche law firms, investment banks, hedge funds and energy companies. Prior to launching VARO in 2012, he was responsible for running an international legal headhunting firm. Liam is trilingual and holds a degree from the University of St Andrews


    Director and Co-Founder


    Daniel is a founding member of VARO Partners and is responsible for building the firm’s global Trading Practice. Prior to joining VARO Partners in 2012, he spent six years at a boutique financial markets search firm where he was responsible for the European Trading Business and consistently proved to be the firm’s biggest producer. Daniel specialises in placing traders from Analyst to Managing Director level across all asset classes.


    COO and Co-Founder

    Investment Management, Research & Strategy and Corporate Advisory

    David is a founding member of VARO Partners and is responsible for the firm’s Investment Management, Corporate Advisory and Global Research & Strategy businesses. Prior to joining VARO Partners, David spent five years with a boutique financial markets search firm, where he developed their offering in Research & Strategy across Europe, the US, Asia and Global Emerging Markets before taking joint responsibility for the firm’s European business. David’s clients include top asset managers, hedge funds, family offices, investment banks and private investors.


    • "Best for Investment Research 2016, UK" - Wealth & Money Management Awards
    • "Leading Investment & Wealth Management Expert, UK" – 2016 Investment & Wealth Management Awards


    Director and Co-Founder

    Quantitative Finance and Systematic Portfolio Management

    Ade is a founding member of VARO Partners with responsibility for building the firm’s Quantitative Finance and Systematic Portfolio Management practice (across all major asset classes). Prior to joining VARO, Ade worked for a boutique financial markets search firm for over five years, where he developed their European Quantitative Finance offering and jointly ran the European Sales floor.

  • Neil Leslie



    Neil is a Team Director within the Global Legal Practice. He specialises in recruiting partners and associates on behalf of both law firms and private equity houses in Private Equity, Public and Private M&A, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets (including High Yield). Prior to joining VARO Partners in 2015, Neil worked for two other leading legal recruitment firms and spent a year working for a foreign policy think tank in Washington, DC. Neil holds a degree from the University of St Andrews.


    Senior Consultant

    Systematic Portfolio Management and Quantitative Trading

    Henry is a Senior Consultant focused on Systematic Portfolio Management and Quantitative Trading. He specialises in placing Portfolio Managers, Quant Researchers and Data Scientists on the buy side, as well as covering Algo Execution Quants and Central Risk Traders on the sell side. Prior to joining VARO, Henry spent 7 years leading the systematic trading practice at another search firm in London.


    Senior Consultant


    Kumal is a Senior Consultant within the Global Legal Practice. He specialises in recruiting associates and partners in Banking and Finance. Prior to joining VARO, Kumal worked at another leading Legal Recruitment Consultancy, where he completed both contingent and retained lateral hire initiatives at associate and partner level, on behalf of UK and US private practices.




    Deenum is a Senior Consultant within the Global Legal Practice. She specialises in recruiting associates through to partner level within International Arbitration, Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Crime & Government defence. Prior to joining VARO, Deenum worked at another leading Legal Consultancy Firm, where she worked on both contingent and retained hiring initiatives at associate and partner level, on behalf of UK and US law firms in the UK (London), Continental Europe, Middle East & US (New York). Deenum is also an active supporter and sits on the Committee for the Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL).




    James is a Senior Consultant within the Global Legal Practice. He primarily works on searches at partner level for UK, US and international law firms. At VARO, James focuses on Capital Markets (including High Yield), Corporate Finance and Private Equity but also has significant experience with Energy/Projects mandates. In addition, he undertakes consultancy work including the production of due diligence reports, market maps and organograms for clients. Prior to joining VARO, James spent over 7 years at two other leading search consultancies in London.


    Senior Researcher


    Claire is a Senior Researcher within the Global Legal Practice, specialising in Banking & Finance, Energy & Infrastructure and Corporate Finance. With over a decade’s experience in legal recruitment, she has been involved in the placement of lawyers in private practice and in-house positions around the world. Before joining VARO, Claire built and led the research function at a global legal headhunting firm.



    Quantitative Finance

    Dinesh joined VARO Partners in 2018 as a Quantitative Analytics consultant, covering senior placements across the sell side and buy side. Prior to joining VARO, he worked at GQR Global Markets as a Quant specialist head hunter placing individuals within Investment Banks. He holds an MSc Economics degree from Warwick University.



    Charlotte joined VARO in 2018 to support the partners in the day to day operations of the business and the growth of the business by ensuring the team has the tools and skills they need to continue to grow and deliver for clients. Charlotte previously held senior HR & operational roles at a number of growing financial and professional services SMEs. Charlotte has a BA in Modern Languages (Spanish, Portuguese & French) from Newcastle University and a CIPD qualification (level 5) in HR Management.