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Freepoint Commodities has hired Alex Claude as head of coal in London.
Claude joined from Vattenfall Energy Trading, where he was head of coal and freight trading.
Before joining Vattenfall in 2006, he was a grains and oilseeds trader and a biofuel strategist at Louis Dreyfus for several years.
Freepoint, a merchant trading firm formed last year by the founders of Sempra Energy Trading, launched a London-based European commodities business last October.
The unit’s European power, gas, coal and emissions desks are led by Michael Walter.
Other recent hires include Daniel Mulder, a carbon trader; Friederike Brandt, head of European operations; Renata Frankova, director and head of central and eastern European power trading; Thomas Nilsson, head of Nordic power trading; and Monika Halasa, responsible for short-term power trading and scheduling.