Buscombe to help Mercer in Asia, Australasia push

Toby Buscombe has left Access Capital to help consultant Mercer in its effort to build out its profile in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He is the second former Access official to join Mercer in 2011.

Erstwhile Access Capital Advisers partner Toby Buscombe is joining Mercer to help drive its Asia, Australia and New Zealand infrastructure business, the consultant said.

Buscombe marked the second former Access staffer to join Mercer.

In February, Mercer lured Karen Chester, who had been a long-time director for Access in Sydney, naming her a partner. Mercer called both Chester and Buscombe important to its effort in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, where Mercer has identified “an active appetite” for infrastructure.

Access replaced Buscombe, who headed its Europe and UK office, with Stephen Burns. Buscombe had spent a decade working for Access, a $1.5 billion asset manager.

Buscombe is joining Mercer later in 2011, the consultant said. His appointment put the Mercer infrastructure practice at 18 people.