|Name: Valentin Ehmer|
Date joined or resigned from previous shop: March 1, 2005
Title: Head of fixed income capital market products, Europe and Asia Pacific
Years worked in capital markets: 14 years
First job in capital markets: Swaps trader, HVB
Previous job before hire/promotion: Head of European derivative sales, marketing and structuring, Citigroup
Favourite deal worked on: £1.9bn whole business securitisation of Southern Water in 2003
Family: Married with four children
Lives: Wentworth Estate, Surrey
Heroes: Lance Armstrong, Bill Gates, Konrad Adenauer (former German chancellor)
When Citigroup consolidated its fixed income product origination for corporate and financial institutions in the US, it was only a matter of time before the strategy would be implemented internationally.
In March, Citigroup aligned all investment grade fixed income product origination for corporates, financial institutions, sovereigns, agencies and supranationals under the combined leadership of Charlie Berman (qv) and Eirik Winter (qv) in Europe. As a result, a new position was created within the bank's fixed income capital market business for Valentin Ehmer as head of fixed income capital market products, Europe and Asia Pacific.
His 14 years of experience at Citigroup selling and marketing fixed income products across the whole spectrum made him a solid choice to develop and refine the bank's investment and non-investment grade debt offerings.
Moving over from head of European derivatives sales, marketing and structuring, Ehmer's remit is identical to that of his counterpart in the US, Nazareth Festekjian.
His job entails providing clients with tailored liability management, new products, private placements and derivative solutions.
His fixed income capital product teams work in partnership with the non-investment grade capital market businesses such as high yield, leveraged finance, securitisation and structured project finance. The aim of the consolidation, says Ehmer, is to make the business structure simpler and more accountable to clients and internal banking constituencies.
"It's simply a case of devising a structure that allows any one client to make an approach with a variety of needs, financing, risk and capital management and then come away with a solution provided by one team who understands the whole package," says Ehmer.