Crédit Agricole CIB appoints Laurent Potin to lead Taiwan

Potin has relocated from Tokyo to Taipei, to oversee the firm's corporate and investment banking business.

France-headquartered Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA CIB) has appointed Laurent Potin as chief executive officer for its Taipei branch, effective from the beginning of this week. 

A spokesperson has confirmed with FinanceAsia that Potin (pictured) has relocated from Tokyo to Taipei and has started in the role. He reports to Jean-François Deroche, senior regional officer for Asia Pacific (Apac) at the bank, and is replacing Benjamin Lamberg. 

Potin was most recently head of business development and chief operating officer (COO) of the bank's global markets division in Japan. He joined the Crédit Agricole Group in France in 1999 on the internal audit teams dedicated to capital markets activities. He relocated to Tokyo first in 2007, becoming regional chief operating officer for interest rate derivative activities in Asia, according to an April 8 press release.

“In his new role, Laurent will oversee all operations and business activities in Taiwan, and continue to drive the development of the franchise and deepen client relationships,” it notes.

CA CIB first established its representative office in Taipei in 1981, being one of the first foreign banks entering the Taiwanese market. Its full banking license granted in 1984 has made the bank a market leader in renewable energy, technology and financial institutions segments, serving clientele that spreads across local and international firms based and invest in Taiwan.

“From supporting Taiwan’s world-class technology sector and local financial institutions to contributing to the financing of its energy transition, Crédit Agricole CIB has been a successful business partner for both Taiwanese and overseas players,” Deroche remarks in the release.

“With Laurent’s 20 years of Apac capital markets experience, I'm confident that under his leadership, our Taipei branch will continue to enhance the value we provide to clients through best in-class services and tailor-made solutions, leveraging the bank’s expertise and the strengths of our international network.”

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