Enhancing franchises to sharpen business focus
9 May 2019 | The Asset
MUFG Bank has established a sector coverage and acquisition finance team as part of its strategic efforts to sharpen its business focus around key industry sectors and align services with international best practices.
The team, which commenced operation in April, consists of sector bankers, and strategic and acquisition finance specialists. Located across Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, the sector coverage group comprises five sub-teams dedicated to key industries in Asia such as consumer, healthcare, retail and industrials, technology, media and telecom, utilities, infrastructure and transport, energy and resources, and real estate. It will also provide private equity coverage and leveraged finance services across the region.
The newly-formed group is headed by Sanjeev Kumar, who joined MUFG in 2015 to establish its event finance team, subsequently renamed strategic and acquisition finance, in Asia.
The formation of this sector-focused group is an extension of the MUFG re-imagining strategy, a business transformation initiative introduced globally in 2017 aimed at better equipping the bank to thrive in the ever-changing marketplace.
By re-aligning its coverage and product teams along key sectorial lines, MUFG seeks to provide a more holistic, efficient and client-centric servicing experience to its clients in this region.
In another initiative to enhance its franchise, Natixis Investment Managers’ affiliate Ostrum Asset Management is setting up a team of experts based in Hong Kong and Singapore to extend its real assets private debt management range for institutional investors. In doing so, it incorporated a new subsidiary in Hong Kong, called Ostrum Asset Management (Hong Kong), to support its growth goals in the region.
Charles Regan has been appointed managing director and head of Asia-Pacific infrastructure real assets private debt, while Alistair Ho has been named managing director and head of co-lending for Asia-Pacific. Co-lending activity will be done in partnership with Natixis’ corporate and investment banking division.
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