Thursday, 23 May 2024

ING appoints head of corporate finance for Asia Pacific

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ING announced that Gautam Saxena has been appointed head of corporate finance for the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

Gautam is a seasoned investment banker with a 25-year career across APAC and North America. He has been a senior trusted advisor to large and medium size corporates, multinationals, family-owned conglomerates and early-stage businesses where he has established long term meaningful relationships and driven stakeholder value creation. He has worked closely with CEOs, company boards, and investment institutions on their strategic priorities driven by his extensive deal experience across mergers, acquisitions and divestments, growth capital investments, equity and debt capital markets, capital structuring, private equity, venture capital and impact investing.

Gautam’s last banking role was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) as the co-head of telecom, media and technology investment banking for APAC. He was with Merrill Lynch/BAML for 15 years and had held investment banking roles at HSBC, ABN AMRO and Lazard. He has worked across Singapore, Hong Kong, New York and India.

He forayed into the investment world (2018-24) and founded Pegasus 7 Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in technology enabled impact businesses in Asia and Africa with a focus on sustainability.

Investment banking is a key area of growth globally for ING. Our Capital Markets and Advisory (CMA) franchise serves as the firm’s global investment banking centre of excellence as we look to provide boardroom advice to our clients across our core focus sectors and support them in their strategic ambitions with M&A advisory, cross-regional opportunities, financing capability, underwriting and capital markets support. With our sector focused approach, we bring deep domain expertise across global industries such as TMT, infrastructure, energy, FI, healthcare, and transport and logistics and are further investing to support our clients across the value chain in our core sectors and products.

Looking ahead, we plan to further build our investment banking capabilities across the APAC region with selected hires which align to ING’s global sector strengths and provide our clients with the strategic advice to meet their aspirations.

Gautam will be responsible for driving ING’s corporate finance strategy across our 11 markets in APAC, covering Australia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Anju Abrol, CEO and head of wholesale banking APAC commented: “Gautam joining us is consistent with our APAC growth strategy and the provision of sector-focused advisory services to our clients in the APAC region and globally.”

Gautam will report functionally to Rob Van Veldhuizen, global head of corporate finance.

Rob said: “Gautam is a senior investment banker and venture capitalist whose depth of experience across Asia and in the US along with his focus on sustainability makes him a strong addition to our global investment banking team, a key growth area for us.”

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