Richard Johnson was a key figure in the 1990s, securing a reputation as the best syndicate manager in the market. His ability to price deals was legendary and his knowledge of the business made his advice essential for borrowers defining new funding strategies and launching bonds.
Even competitors sought his advice as he was renowned for knowing the business down to the last basis point.
Johnson joined Swiss Bank from Nomura in 1990 as a new issue trader and, having taken the firm through the acquisition of SG Warburg and the merger with UBS, became global head of syndicate of UBS Warburg, before retiring earlier this year at the age of 39.
He was a well known innovator at the firm, having initiated emerging market trading at Swiss Bank in early 1991, and he developed the bank's new issue business, taking it from a top lead manager of retail bonds in the early 1990s to the top bracket of bookrunners of international institutional bonds later in the decade.