ABN AMRO names new FI head for Southeast Asia

Vincent Lien, a veteran investment banker and chairman of Hong Kong-listed eSun, assumes leadership of the financial institutions team.
ABN AMRO has appointed Vincent Lien as head of financial institutions in Southeast Asia as it plans to leverage its business in the region.

Lien is currently an executive director and chairman of Hong Kong-listed entertainment and TV production company eSun Holdings, but has a background as an investment banker with Swiss Bank Corporation, Bankers Trust and Merrill Lynch.

He will remain on the board of eSun as a non-executive chairman after assuming this newly created position at the Dutch bank. Lien is also a director of Wah Hin & Company, a private Singapore investment holding company.

At ABN AMRO, Lien will act as a senior relationship banker to financial and public sector institutions in Southeast Asia and will help extend the bankÆs coverage in the financial sector. He will be based in Singapore and report to James Pearson, the bankÆs Asia head of financial institutions, and David Wong, the bankÆs Southeast Asia managing director and Singapore chief executive.

ôVincentÆs distinguished career in investment banking, as well as his wide network of relationships in the financial sector, makes him a valuable addition to the team. His recognised expertise and talent will strengthen our product capabilities and franchise in Southeast Asia to the benefit of our clients,ö says Pearson in a written statement.

Lien, who has 16 years of experience in the financial and private sector, first joined eSun as an independent non-executive director in 1998 and was appointed an executive director and elected chairman of the company in 1999.

He started to work at Swiss Bank CorpÆs corporate finance advisory team for Southeast Asia and China in 1991 as an associate director of investment banking. Two years later he was poached by Bankers Trust, where he worked as a primary relationship manager to financial institutions, state-owned enterprises and government ministries and helped the bank to establish its operations in Mainland China.
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