Ken Poon, Citigroup

  • 22 Jun 2005
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Name: Kenneth Poon
Institution: Citigroup
Date hired: June 2004
Title: Head of Asia equity capital markets
Previous job before hire: Head of Asia equity capital markets, Merrill Lynch
Years in capital markets: 15
First job in capital markets: Citicorp Investment Bank
Favourite deal worked on: $3bn Vodafone exchangeable bond by Hutchison Whampoa
Family: Married with one daughter and baby due in August
Lives in: Hong Kong
Heroes: Zhu Rongji, Warren Buffet, George Soros, Tiger Woods


Kenneth Poon, managing director and regional head of equity capital markets for Citigroup in Asia, joined the firm in June last year from Merrill Lynch where he was a managing director and the regional head of equity capital markets for Asia.

Poon has over 15 years of experience in Asian capital markets and has completed transactions in every market in the region and in every conceivable type of equity instrument, including some highly innovative and breakthrough transactions.

Poon joined Merrill Lynch in August 1998, hired as director in charge of equity-linked transactions for the region.

"We were not even top 10 in the equity-linked league tables at that time and as a team we rose by 2000 to be the number one arranger and the dominant force in the equity-linked arena in the region," he says.

Poon says Citigroup considers it has the broadest marketing platform across more countries in Asia and globally, and more product capability than any other investment bank.

"This year we have concluded IPOs, equity blocks trades and equity-linked deals in China, India, Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore having completed 19 transactions year to date in Asia ex-Japan and Australia. We believe that the more diverse the range of business, the more sustainable the dealflow."

Notable transactions completed at Citigroup since Poon joined the bank include the first common share block trade from India in Bharti Televentures on behalf of Warburg Pincus, the IPO of China Netcom in Hong Kong, the IPO of Suntec Reit in Singapore, a convertible bond for LG Philips in Korea, and the Satyam Computer reverse ADR offer.

"We think we are punching our weight in the region, but there is always room for improvement," says Poon.

Poon enjoys the challenges of life in the fast lane, but sometimes his wife (and mother of their 19 month old daughter) pulls his leg: "You can go to sleep with either the Blackberry, or me," she says, "but certainly not both."

  • 22 Jun 2005

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