HSBC in Asia senior management changes
HSBC has made a series of changes to senior management in its commercial banking business in Asia Pacific, effective immediately.
Sanjay Prakash will become head of commercial banking, international countries, Asia Pacific. He will be responsible for commercial banking in Brunei, Macau, Maldives, Mauritius, New Zealand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
He moves to the role from his position as regional head of business management for commercial banking in Asia Pacific, a position he has held since January 2012. Before this he was CEO of HSBC Bangladesh. He will continue to report to Noel Quinn, regional head of commercial banking for Asia Pacific.
Terence Chiu will take over from Montgomery Ho as head of commercial banking in China. Ho has been names deputy CEO of HSBC China. Chiu moves to the mainland China team from Hong Kong, where he has been in charge of the global trade and receivables finance (GTRF) business in Hong Kong and Macau since 2011. He will report to Quinn, and to Helen Wong, CEO of HSBC China.
Rachel Wei will replace Terence in his old role. She was most recently managing director for middle market enterprises for commercial banking in Hong Kong. She will report to Albert Chan, head of commercial banking for Hong Kong, and James Emmett, global head of GTRF.
Quang Buu Huynh has been appointed head of commercial banking in Indonesia, succeeding Amanda Murphy who has been transferred to the UK to lead the business banking division. Quang was most recently regional head of GTRF (international). He has been with the group for more than 17 years and will now report to Quinn and Alan Richards, CEO of HSBC Indonesia.
Lim Kok Guan has been appointed head of commercial banking in Brunei and will report to Prakash and Todd Wilcox, CEO of HSBC Brunei. Krisda Phatcharoen has been appointed head of commercial banking in Thailand. He re-joins HSBC from ANZ where he has been working since 2009. He will report to Prakash and Tan Siew Meng, CEO of HSBC Thailand.
UBS China head takes sabbatical
Ju Zhao, joint head of China at UBS , has requested a sabbatical to take up the post of visiting fellow at Harvard, starting in December and concluding at the end of next year, according to an internal memo seen by Asiamoney PLUS.
While he is away, Wei Cai will remain based in Asia as joint head of China. Depending on his obligations at Harvard, Ju will assist in the coverage of select clients.
In September, Honggui Li, previously joint head of the investment banking division at UBS moved to Hong Kong to join the firm’s China managing director group, which includes Tim Cen, Steven Wang and Cheng Wang.
UBS equities banker relocates to NY
Hannah Malter, a director at UBS’ ECM solutions syndicate in Asia, has relocated to join the bank’s ECM Americas syndicate team in New York on November 18.
Based in Hong Kong for the past four years, she now reports to AC Morgan who joins the team on the same day as her.
Prior to her stint in Hong Kong, Malter spent three years in Sydney working as part of UBS’s Australian ECM team. Morgan previously part of the bank’s sales trading team and now heads its ECM Americas syndicate team.
DBS hires supply chain financing head
Nicole Wong has been named regional head of supply chain financing for transaction banking at DBS. She joins from Deutsche Bank where she was Asia business head, financial supply chain.
Before that she worked in the supply chain finance business for Asia at J.P. Morgan. Before working in banking she spent almost 15 years with multinational corporations such as BP Singapore.
ANZ hires senior FX strategist
Daniel Been has been named senior FX strategist at ANZ. He has more than 10 years experience in financial markets, mostly working on the buy-side at Principal Global Investors, most recently as head of research and strategy for Australasian markets, with a focus on currencies.
Before this he worked for Macquarie and the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). In his new role he will focus on the AUD as well as on the full-range of currency market developments. His role is effective from January 6 and he will be based in Sydney.
Higuchi to head M&A for Asia at Nomura
Hajime Higuchi will transfer from London to Hong Kong, where he will become head of M&A for Asia ex-Japan at Nomura. He has been co-head of M&A for Europe, the Middle East and Africa since June 2011.
He has worked for Nomura for ten years. Before his role in London, he was head of Japan M&A for the consumer and healthcare group, and before that he was head of Japan M&A for the automotive, industrials, natural resources and power groups. He has more than 20 years banking experience, according to an internal memo.
A Nomura spokesman confirmed the contents of the memo and said that Higuchi will move to Hong Kong next month.
HSBC hires TMT head for Asia Pacific
Sandeep Singh has been appointed as a managing director to lead the telecoms, media and technology (TMT) franchise within the corporate sector group in banking in Asia Pacific at HSBC, effective immediately.
He joins from Nomura Securities where he was co-head of corporate finance for Asia ex-Japan. Before this he was head of TMT investment banking for the region, also at Nomura. He has also worked as a managing director in the TMT team at Citigroup.
In his new role, he will be based in Hong Kong, and will report to Rajeev Sahney, head of corporate sector group for Asia Pacific, according to a memo seen by Asiamoney PLUS.
Mayer Brown appoints new Asia partners
Five lawyers at Mayer Brown have been promoted to partner, effective January 1, 2014. Marina Fung and Mei Ling Lew specialise in litigation and dispute resolution and will be based in Hong Kong.
Thomas Pugh will focus his practice on restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, based in Hong Kong. Chester Wong will also be based in Hong Kong, with a focus on corporate and securities law – in particular Hong Kong equity offerings. Zhen Han will also become a corporate and securities partner, based in Beijing.
In addition, the firm has appointed Ricky Yiu as partner in its real estate practice. He has more than 20 years experience working on real estate and development matters in Hong Kong, China and Macau. He will work with partner Peter Ho on large scale real estate finance and investment, as well as focusing on private equity real estate transactions. He will join the firm from Baker & McKenzie in early 2014.