Goudge to head HSBC Asia-Pac debt syndicate

HSBC has named Carla Goudge to replace Matthias Knobloch as head of debt syndicate Asia Pacific, with Alison Chan joining the desk full-time in October.

HSBC has named Carla Goudge to replace Matthias Knobloch as head of debt syndicate for the Asia-Pacific region, according to an internal bank memo seen by FinanceAsia.

Knobloch will leave HSBC for a career break, said the memo, which was electronically co-signed by Adam Bothamley, the bank's global head of debt syndicate, and Alexi Chan and Jean-Marc Mercier, global co-heads of debt capital markets.

Goudge, who has also worked in Geneva and London since joining HSBC in 2003, will continue to be based in Hong Kong once she assumes her new position on August 1. She will report functionally to Bothamley and locally to Chan, the memo said.

HSBC described Goudge as a seasoned debt syndicate manager who has executed "several hundred transactions across the G3 and Asian local currency bond markets" since joining the Asia-Pacific desk in 2008.

Alison Chan, currently on short-term assignment with the HSBC debt syndicate in Hong Kong, will relocate to Asia from London to join the desk on a longer-term basis from October. She will report to Goudge after a stint on HSBC's European debt syndicate desk, working on corporate and structured finance transactions.

Knobloch became head of debt syndicate Asia Pacific in 2011. During his tenure HSBC's regional debt syndicate desk has sustained a lead position in Asian G3 and local currency bonds, the memo said.

By deal value, Dealogic data covering the year-to-date period shows HSBC in second place behind CITIC Securities in the bookrunner rankings for Asia-Pacific ex-Japan debt capital markets activity, after topping the table in 2012 and 2013. For Asia ex-Japan G3 DCM activity it has consistently been No.1 for the last five straight years, the data also shows.  


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