VTB Capital has hired a head of Asia high yield trading as it continues the build out of its Asian operations.
Hong Kong-based Daren Wong started on September 3. Before joining the VTB Capital team, he was the head of credit trading at the Bank of China in Hong Kong and prior to that was responsible for Asia high yield trading at Morgan Stanley.
Wong will report functionally to Ugo Calcagnini, global head of credit trading at VTB Capital and regionally to Damian Chunilal, chief executive officer (CEO) Asia for VTB Capital.
Citi bags Barclays staffer
The bank has named Alex Schrantz as managing director and head of corporate finance for Asia Pacific, starting in November.
Based in Hong Kong, he will be a senior member of the Asia Pacific corporate and investment banking (CIB) management team and will oversee transaction resourcing and execution and assist with the origination of capital markets transactions.
Schrantz joins Citi from Barclays where he was head of corporate finance advisory and execution for Asia Pacific.
Sotorp returns to UBS Global AM
UBS Global Asset Management (GAM) has named Kai Sotorp as head of Asia Pacific, according to Dow Jones Newswires on August 30.
Sotorp, who will be based in Hong Kong and start with UBS GAM on September 3, will report to John Fraser, chairman and chief executive of UBS Global Asset Management.
Sotorp has prior experience with UBS GAM having held a number of senior roles between 2000 and 2011. He was previously head of Asia Pacific between 2002 and 2004, and head of Americas between 2004 and 2010.
Coutts names head of credit risk for Asia
Coutts has appointed Phillip Reade as executive director, head of credit risk, Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he reports to Errol D’Souza, chief risk officer, Asia.
Reade will be responsible for the overall credit risk framework in Asia, covering sanctioning processes, portfolio management, policy and management information, risk assessment and controls. He previously spent the last 14 years of his career at UBS holding various credit roles, including corporate credit risk, leveraged finance, risk review and wealth credit risk.
ANZ hires Sen from Citi
ANZ has appointed Sanjoy Sen as managing director, retail banking Asia Pacific, and will be reporting to Gilles Planté, ANZ Asia CEO. Sen will join ANZ on October 1.
Based in Singapore, Sen will be responsible for expanding on ANZ’s retail business momentum in Asia and the Pacific.
J.P. Morgan expands Thailand business
The bank has appointed senior executives to lead its treasury services and global corporate banking business in Thailand.
J.P. Morgan has named Kamoltas Nalinthrangkurn head of treasury services and Sunti Ninsuvannakul as head of the global corporate bank in Thailand.
Nalinthrangkurn will report regionally to Abdul Raof Latiff, J.P. Morgan’s head of treasury services for Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and in-country to Chayotid Kridakon, senior country officer (SCO) for Thailand. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Nalinthrangkurn headed the financial institutions and international business at Siam Commercial Bank.
Meanwhile, Ninsuvannakul will report regionally to Muhammad (Auri) Aurangzeb, CEO of the global corporate bank in Asia Pacific and in-country to Kridakon. Ninsuvannakul joins the firm from Crédit Agricole, where he was head of corporate banking for Thailand.
Nomura cuts US$1 billion costs, launches Thailand equity research team
Nomura has said it had plans to cut another US$1 billion of costs by March 2014 in Asia. The reductions will centre on wholesale operations, which include investment banking, equities and fixed income operations, said spokesman Eiji Miura at a briefing on August 31.
The bank has been building its Southeast Asia business, launching Thailand equity research coverage in cooperation with Capital Nomura Securities (CNS).
Nithi Wanikpun has joined as director and head of research from BNP Paribas. Wanikpun will be responsible for producing Thai equity strategy and energy sector research, reporting to Jit Soon Lim, head of equity research, Southeast Asia.
Other new team members are James Moss covering banks, Piyathida Vongvivathchai covering property, Ploenjai Jirajarus covering agri-food, Samanan Polsomboonchok covering small-caps, Piyachat Ratanasuvan covering telecommunications and Nuchjarin Panarode covering macroeconomics.
RBS appoints Japan TSO head, expands prime services
Takayoshi Takeshita has joined RBS’ Tokyo branch as head of transaction services origination (TSO).
In his new role, Takeshita will be responsible for the trade finance and cash management business for both corporate and financial institution clients in Japan. Prior to joining RBS, Takeshita was head of corporate sales, transaction banking at Standard Chartered, Tokyo.
On the prime services side, RBS has appointed William (Bill) Egan as head of mandate sales for prime services in Asia Pacific. In this newly created role based in Singapore, Egan will be responsible for originating and delivering the bank’s prime services platforms to clients in the region.
Prior to joining RBS, Egan had spent the past six years with Barclays’ where he was part of the prime services team in New York and most recently as head of foreign exchange (FX) prime brokerage and over-the-counter (OTC) clearing in Singapore.
HSBC expands equities and prime services business
HSBC’s global banking and markets division has made nine senior appointments in its Asia Pacific equities and prime services units.
Five new hires will join the equities team, all of whom will be based in Hong Kong except for Edward Yen, who will be based in Taipei.
Tim Franks joins the team as head of hedge fund sales. Franks was formerly a managing director and head of hedge fund sales of Bank of China International. Jeffrey Tan joins as a director in equity sales. Tan joins from Nomura International in Hong Kong, where he was an executive director in Hong Kong and China sales.
Eric Ang joins as a director in equity sales trading, while Russell Jacobson joins as director in equity sales trading. Both of them were previously at Samsung Securities.
Taipei-based Yen joins as director in Taiwan equity sales. Yen was previously an equity analyst at Goldman Sachs also in Taipei, covering the upstream technology sector.
In prime services, Jean-Paul Linschoten joins as a director in prime services sales from UBS in New York. David Streatfield also joins the team as a director in equity finance delta one sales, while Adrian Harrison joins as a director in prime services sales. All three are based in Hong Kong.
Mayer Brown JSM hires Dodd from Linklaters
Nathan Dodd has joined Mayer Brown JSM as a partner in Singapore. The role was effective September 3.
Dodd has more than 13 years of experience in the Asian legal market, with a particular emphasis on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sector. His experience includes major project development transactions in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa.
Dodd joins Mayer Brown from Linklaters, where he worked in London from 1997 until March 1999, when he transferred to Singapore.