Olson and Lee leave BoA-Merrill for StanChart
Ken Olson has left Bank of America Merrill Lynch to join Standard Chartered. He will become global head of equity linked solutions for the British bank and will be based in Hong Kong.
He will be responsible for the origination of convertible bonds and corporate equity derivatives. At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Olson was based in Japan and worked under Andrew Cooper, focusing on equity linked issuance and corporate derivatives across Asia.
Cooper resigned in August and Olson left the following month. Olson’s new role was previously held by Nathan McMurtray, who left Standard Chartered last June to join Deutsche Bank. The role was left empty until now.
Olson will report to David Douglas, global head of equity capital markets at the bank.
Lee will join as managing director for equity corporate finance and will be based in Hong Kong. He will report to James Pak, head of equity corporate finance for Northeast Asia.
He also joins from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he spent over 12 years. His most recent role was managing director of corporate finance for China.
ANZ appoints Touati head of institutional banking
Philippe Touati has been appointed head of institutional banking for Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, and head of corporate and institutional relationships, Singapore, for ANZ.
The position will take effect from April 23 and Touati will be based in Singapore. He will report jointly to Sameer Sawhney, managing director of institutional banking for Asia Pacific, Europe and America, and Vishnu Shahaney, the CEO of Singapore.
Touati comes to ANZ from Standard Chartered, where he was most recently managing director for origination and client coverage and co-head of wholesale banking in Singapore.
Wallace leaves, Crowley joins J.P. Morgan
Adam Wallace has left J.P. Morgan, where he was head of Asia Pacific hedge fund services. He will take up a new position as chief operating officer at Hong Kong hedge fund Factorial Management. In the interim before a replacement is found, Matthew Goldblatt will cover for him.
Goldblatt is J.P. Morgan’s Asia Pacific regional product manager for private equity and real estate services. A spokesperson for the bank declined to comment on the departure.
This week, it was also announced the Damian Crowley is to become head of cash and trade sales for J.P. Morgan treasure services (TS) in Australia and New Zealand. His appointment follows five recent hires to the treasury services business in Australia and New Zealand.
These include Dennis Grogan as head of client service and delivery, Abhijit Guha as cash product delivery manager, Karen Gilbert as cash product manager, Edwin Lee as cash services technology manager and David Goode as product manager for escrow and liquidity management.
Crowley comes to the role from an 18 year career at Citi, where he was most recently senior relationship manager.
Leow named general manager of BNY Mellon Singapore
Chong Jin Leow has been appointed country executive and general manager of BNY Mellon’s Singapore branch. He succeeds Jai Arya who remains with BNY Mellon as head of global sovereign institutions.
Leow will continue to report to Tim Keaney, vice chairman of BNY Mellon and CEO of BNY Mellon asset servicing, in his position as head of Asia Pacific for BNY Mellon’s asset servicing business.
In his new role he will report to Steve Lackey, chairman of Asia Pacific.
Credit Suisse bolsters private banking team
Credit Suisse has appointed three senior bankers to join its private banking Asia Pacific business. Song Kun has joined the Hong Kong team as a managing director and senior client partner for greater China. She will report to Anna Wong, market area head of greater China.
Kun joins Credit Suisse from Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific) where she was managing director of investments for the private banking and investment group. Before that, she was an executive director of investments at Goldman Sachs Asia.
Jimmy Lee has rejoined the bank as managing director, following the legal merger between Credit Suisse and Clariden Leu on April 2. Lee will be responsible for the integration of Clariden Leu’s business. He will report to Francesco de Ferrari, head of private banking Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse. Lee comes to the role from his position as CEO Asia Pacific at Clariden Leu.
Yee Chin Lit also returns to the bank as a managing direction and senior head in the Indonesia market. He will report to Johanes Oeni, market leader for Indonesia.
Three senior hires and new South Asia head at Coutts
Ranjit Khanna is to step up from his current role as leader of Coutts’ global non-resident Indian (NRI) business, to take the lead as head of South Asia for the bank.
Khanna is based in Singapore. His appointment follows the recent hires of Timothy Chia as Asia chairman and Paul Davies as vice-chairman for Southeast Asia.
Coutts Asia also announced this week that it has made three new hires at director level. Edouard Hoepffner will join as executive director and head of new product development and client solutions.
He will be based in Singapore from April 16, reporting to Coutts’ temporary head of products and services for Asia, Ranjit Khanna.
Elaine Ngim will join the bank as director and head of fixed income. She comes to Coutts from Clariden Leu in Singapore. She will continue to be based in that country and her new role will be effective from April 16.
Kieran Calder will become director and head of equities. He will also be based in Singapore, effective April 23. Calder was formerly head of equities and research for Macquarie Capital Securities in Kuala Lumpur.
Both Calder and Ngim will report to Coutts’ CIO for Asia, Norman Villamin.
Kao third of three strong team to leave Mercer
Iris Kao, the final remaining member of Mercer’s wealth management consulting team in Singapore has left the firm to join a private bank.
She was the principal consultant on the team and reported to Hansi Mehrotra, head of wealth management consulting for Asia Pacific.
Mehrotra left Mercer in December to set up a wealth management venture in India. Desmond Lee, an analyst at the firm, left last August. A spokesperson from Mercer confirmed the departure of Kao.
Dymon Asia Capital appoints Luo president
Jay Luo, former head of SAC Capital Advisors Asia Pacific, has been appointed president and partner at Dymon Asia Capital. Luo will be based in Singapore, effective from June.
The hire comes as Dymon’s founder Danny Yong looks to free up time to focus on investing.
Baring private equity promotes principals
Principals Amit Chander and Keshav Misra have been promoted to partnership roles at Baring private equity partners India.
Chander currently focuses on the healthcare, IT and education sectors, but equally has been involved in some financial services deals.
Misra manages decisions over capital allocation and is in charge of coordinating exit strategies across the board. The firm could not be reached for comment.