Credit Suisse Senior Appointments & New Hires for Investment Banking & Capital Markets in APAC, Christian Deiss as Head of M&A APAC
17th September 2021 | Hong Kong
Credit Suisse, the Swiss banking group with more than $1.75 trillion managed assets (CHF 1.59 trillion), has announced numerous senior appointments and new hires for Investment Banking & Capital Markets in Asia-Pacific (APAC) including the appointment of Christian Deiss as Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) APAC and existing Head of M&A APAC Joe Gallagher to focus on Chairmanship roles. Credit Suisse also announced 3 new hires Angelo (AJ) Coloma, Harish Kumar, Fisher Zhou and 8 new Sectors & Regional Heads in Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Sanjeev Chaurasia, Aaron Tan, Christopher Chua, Kuan-Ern Tan, Zi-Kuan Lim, Angeline Aw, Alex Wong and Jeremy Lane. Pankaj Goel who is the Co-head of Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Southeast Asia and had joined Credit Suisse in 2004, will be embarking on a new career outside of Investment Banking.
“ Credit Suisse Senior Appointments & New Hires for Investment Banking & Capital Markets in APAC “
Credit Suisse New Senior Appointments
Joe Gallagher will step down as Head of M&A APAC, and focus on Chairmanship roles, Credit Suisse Chairman of the APAC Investment Banking Committee (APIBC) and Vice Chairman of Investment Banking & Capital Markets (IBCM). Christian Deiss will takeover the role as Credit Suisse Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) APAC.
Credit Suisse has been investing in new hires and nurturing future leaders All Credit Suisse internal senior appointments announced have been with Credit Suisse for more than 10 years). Credit Suisse is investing heavily on talents to support its growth ambition in Asia-Pacific, and has made 200+ net hires in the first half of 2021 (key business functions including Relationship Managers) and 60+ hires in China since June 2020 and the appointment of Janice Hu as Credit Suisse CEO of China (July 2021).
- Christian Deiss, Head of M&A APAC
- Sanjeev Chaurasia, Head of Industrials and Renewables Coverage APAC
- Aaron Tan, Co-head of Energy and Infrastructure APAC
- Christopher Chua, Deputy Head of M&A, APAC and Head of M&A, Greater China
- Kuan-Ern Tan, Co-head of Investment Banking & Capital Markets Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets and Deputy Singapore CEO
- Zi-Kuan Lim, Head of M&A, Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets
- Angeline Aw, Head of Singapore Coverage, Investment Banking & Capital Markets
- Alex Wong, Head of Mobility and Industrials Technologies, Asia Pacific (APAC)
- Jeremy Lane, Head of Metals and Mining, Asia
- Angelo (AJ) Coloma, Director and Head of Real Estate Coverage, Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets (Rejoins Credit Suisse)
- Harish Kumar, Director of leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) coverage in Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets
- Fisher Zhou, Managing Director & Head of Healthcare Coverage, APAC
Pankaj Goel who is the Co-head of Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Southeast Asia and joined Credit Suisse in 2004, will be embarking on a new career outside of Investment Banking.
Zeth Hung, Co-head of Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific Credit Suisse:
“At Credit Suisse, our human capital strategy is based on investing selectively in new talent as well as nurturing future leaders from within the firm.
As we continue to drive accelerated growth for our business in the region, these appointments will bolster our position to capitalize on the opportunities available.”
Edwin Low, Co-head of Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific Credit Suisse:
“We are delighted to announce these appointments who are the next generation of leaders in our Investment Banking & Capital Markets franchise in Asia.
These internal promotions reflect Credit Suisse’s deep talent bench, which is a successful result of our commitment to train and nurture our junior staff for future leadership roles. In addition, this also helps the bank with an orderly succession plan and creates a team with an inherent long-term control culture.”
Credit Suisse Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Asia-Pacific Senior Appointments and New Hires:
Joe Gallagher to Focus on Chairmanship. After 13 years as Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) Asia-Pacific, Joe Gallagher will step back from this role and focus on his other roles as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking & Capital Markets (IBCM), APAC, working closely with our product and client coverage teams, and as Chairman of the APAC Investment Banking Committee (APIBC).
Under Joe’s leadership, Credit Suisse has been a consistent leader in Asian M&A and we look to continue to build on this success.
Christian Deiss, New Head of M&A Asia-Pacific. Christian Deiss is appointed Head of M&A, APAC. Christian has spent his nearly 23-year investment banking career at Credit Suisse. He has been based in Hong Kong for the last decade after relocating from New York, where he was a Managing Director in M&A covering the Energy industry. During his time in APAC, Christian’s leadership has demonstrated consistent outperformance, especially in M&A where he has a strong track record leading significant transactions, and this positions Christian well to lead our M&A franchise to further heights.
Sanjeev Chaurasia is Head of Industrials and Renewables Coverage, APAC. Sanjeev has spent over 17 years at Credit Suisse in New York and Hong Kong, and was a founding member of the bank’s leading Renewable Energy practice. He will continue to drive our business across APAC as the sectors continue to experience growth and interest from investors globally. Since Sanjeev arrived as a Managing Director in Hong Kong over 10 years ago, Credit Suisse has ranked #1 with over 16% share of wallet in Renewable Energy (Dealogic, APAC ex-Japan since 2011), more than double that of the #2 competitor, a testament to the long-standing leadership this franchise has enjoyed.
Aaron Tan is appointed Co-head of Energy and Infrastructure, APAC. Aaron joined Credit Suisse in Hong Kong before moving to Singapore, and during his over 20 years with the bank he has held various senior coverage roles, spearheading some of Credit Suisse’s largest deals for companies in the Energy and Resources sectors.
Christopher Chua is appointed Deputy Head of M&A, APAC, in addition to his existing role as Head of M&A, Greater China. Christopher has been with Credit Suisse for over 17 years, working in the bank’s offices in Hong Kong and Singapore. As one of our most experienced M&A bankers in APAC, Christopher has been a strong contributor to the success of our M&A franchise through his role originating and advising on some of the most complex and significant strategic transactions in the region.
Credit Suisse Investment Banking & Capital Markets, Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets:
Pankaj Goel is leaving Credit Suisse after a long and distinguished career with the bank, pursuing opportunities outside of Investment Banking. Since joining the bank in 2004, Pankaj has been integral to our market-leading Investment Banking & Capital Markets (IBCM) franchise in his current roles as Co-head of IBCM, Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets, as well as Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Southeast Asia. He has been a trusted advisor to many of our strategic clients, leading numerous transformative deals in the region, and has been an inspiring leader and a valued mentor to his teams. Pankaj is working closely with colleagues on client and management transition, and will leave the bank by the end of 2021.
With Pankaj’s departure, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Kuan-Ern Tan as Co-head of IBCM, Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets. Having been with Credit Suisse for over a decade, Kuan-Ern will work alongside Rehan Anwer to leverage his strong track record of leadership within the bank and deep expertise in origination and execution to drive the further growth of our leading IBCM franchises in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Frontier Markets. Under Kuan-Ern’s leadership, Credit Suisse has consistently been #1 or 2 in share of wallet in Singapore in the last four years* and has won FinanceAsia’s award for Best International Investment Bank in Singapore for four consecutive years. (Kuan-Ern will maintain existing role as Deputy Singapore CEO)
Zi-Kuan Lim is appointed Head of M&A, Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets. Zi-Kuan started his career with Credit Suisse in Singapore in 2003 and joined the M&A team in 2005. He was the Co-Head of Corporate Finance for Southeast Asia for six years from 2013 and was promoted to Managing Director in 2018. During his 18 years with the bank, Zi-Kuan has been instrumental in establishing Credit Suisse’s leading Southeast Asia M&A franchise and has advised numerous Asian clients on various landmark mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and divestitures in a broad range of industries.
Angeline Aw is appointed Head of Singapore Coverage, IBCM. Throughout her successful career at Credit Suisse, having joined the bank in 2004 as an analyst and promoted to Managing Director in 2019, Angeline has advised on landmark M&A, capital markets and financing transactions for clients in Singapore and across Southeast Asia, spanning the Energy, TMT, Real Estate, Consumer, Retail, Healthcare and Agribusiness sectors.
Credit Suisse is consistently the #1 franchise by share of wallet (Dealogic) in Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets, and the appointments of Kuan-Ern, Zi-Kuan and Angeline are a testament to our deep bench of talented professionals within the bank to support our growth ambitions.
Angelo (AJ) Coloma has re-joined Credit Suisse as a Director and Head of Real Estate Coverage, Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of SC Health Corp, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC), where he executed the SPAC IPO in 2019 and successfully guided the company through a DeSPAC combination with Rockley Photonics. AJ spent over eight years at Credit Suisse commencing in 2008, covering Asian companies in the Real Estate, Gaming, Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure sectors. During his career, he has executed over 50 transactions in excess of USD 25bn billion in total value.
Harish Kumar joins the bank as a Director, to lead coverage of clients in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) sector in Southeast Asia and Frontier Markets. TMT is emerging as a major growth segment in this region, especially in the digital economy space with many recently minted unicorns and an increasing number of companies of scale seeking private placements and public market listings. Harish previously spent a cumulative 14 years with UBS, spanning Investment Banking, where he was Head of Corporate Finance for Southeast Asia, as well as Wealth Management. He also worked for the venture capital firm Alto Partners, leading multiple investments in Technology and adjacent sectors in ASEAN.
Alex Wong is appointed Head of Mobility and Industrials Technologies, Asia Pacific (APAC). Alex has been with Credit Suisse for over a decade in both the US and Hong Kong, and has been at the forefront of the large-cap client relationships in this critically important sector in China over the past several years. Alex has also been, and will continue to be, very active advising on private transactions for fast growing pre-IPO clients in these sectors. As we expect the growth trend to continue across APAC in the coming years, Alex’s appointment will have him working closely with our coverage team across the region to solidify Credit Suisse’s position as the leading franchise in this segment.
Fisher Zhou joins Credit Suisse as a Managing Director and Head of Healthcare Coverage, APAC. He previously spent 14 years at CITIC/CLSA where he was a Managing Director and ran the firm’s Healthcare Investment Banking business for the last eight years, focusing on the Medical Services, Medical Devices, Biotech, Pharmaceutical and Digital Healthcare segments. During his career, he has led key transactions in the sector, including the Hong Kong IPOs of Joinn Labs, TigerMed, Jinxin Fertility and Pharmaron, and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Peking University. Fisher’s appointment reflects the importance of healthcare as a growth sector for Credit Suisse and a critical pillar of our IBCM coverage strategy in Greater China and across APAC.
Jeremy Lane is appointed Head of Metals and Mining, Asia, a coverage area within our APAC Industrials franchise. Jeremy joined Credit Suisse as an Analyst in Hong Kong 11 years ago and has participated in many landmark transactions across the Mining, Industrials and New Energy Materials sectors in Greater China, Korea and Southeast Asia, as well as coordinating our overall business in Mongolia. Jeremy brings extensive cross-border M&A expertise. As demand accelerates in the Energy Transition Materials vertical, which is adjacent to Mobility and Electric Vehicles, Jeremy will collaborate closely with our teams regionally and globally to further cement our leading franchise in this emerging space.
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