William Oswald started this week in his new role as global head of fixed-income research for Standard Chartered. This is a newly created role in the firm and Oswald is based in Singapore. In this function he will report directly to Alex Barrett who is the global head of client research.
Oswald’s responsibilities include driving global initiatives in foreign exchange rates as well as credit and quantitative research. As this is a new role in the fixed-income structure, it has not been confirmed whether Oswald will be bringing on a team to support him in his role.
Oswald had been brought over from J.P. Morgan where he worked as the global head of emerging markets quantitative strategy and head of strategy, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EEMEA). He served these roles out of J.P. Morgan’s London office.
Prior to that he worked with Deutsche Bank as head of EEMEA rates strategy and external debt relative value.
Oswald’s appointment “demonstrates the bank’s commitment to expand the fixed-income platform”, Barrett said in a press release.
During the last three years, Standard Chartered has been one of the quieter players in the debt capital G3 markets within Asia ex-Japan.
Last year it helped arrange nine deals with a total size of $579 million. This year it has been more active, having worked on 17 deals to date. From these deals it has drummed up an accumulative book size of $1.76 billion, which has raised the bank to 11th place on the Dealogic league tables. This is a significant improvement from last year's 20th ranking and 23rd place in 2008.