|Name: Chris Jones|
Date joined: September 1, 2004
Title: Managing Director, Global head of EMTNs & structured notes
Previous job before appointment:: Global head of EMTNs & structured notes, Deutsche Bank
Years in capital markets: 11 years
First job in capital markets: Investment analyst, JP Morgan Investment Management in London
Favourite deal worked on: European Investment Bank's Eu300m 15 year CMS-linked note that pays 5.50%, issued May this year
Lives: Clapham Common, south London.
Heroes: Lance Armstrong, Yoda
Among the more high profile of a spate of appointments at the time, Jones' hiring was considered a coup for HSBC as it had managed to lure away one of the MTN market's most highly regarded bankers — a chief architect of the strength and success of Deutsche Bank's structured EMTN business.
After seven years working on Deutsche's EMTN desk, with the last three years running the business, Jones resigned at the end of May 2004 and took up his new challenge at HSBC in September. He is charged with running the origination, structuring, execution and distribution of structured debt and private placements for bank, corporate and agency borrowers throughout Europe, the US and Asia.
"EMTNs are becoming an increasingly important product within corporate, investment banking and debt capital markets," says Jones. "And if HSBC has the goal to be a top financial institution in key markets then our performance in this product must be that of a top tier house."
HSBC's EMTN and structured note business is part of the new issue syndicate within the debt finance and advisory group in London. Jones reports to Bryan Pascoe, global head of syndicate.
EMTNs and structured notes are a lucrative product and a house's performance for clients often begets larger bond mandates which can lead to ancillary business in other equally lucrative areas such as swap and liability management.
Since joining, Jones and his team have been building the bank's franchise to some reward. By the end of January this year, the UK house had propelled itself up the league tables. The ascension is a clear signal of HSBC's intent to build market share.
He has a girlfriend of four years and lives near Clapham Common, south London.