JP Morgan appoints Southeast Asian ECM leader

Sophie Qian will relocate from New York to Singapore later this year.

JP Morgan has appointed Sophie Qian to lead its Equity Capital Markets (ECM) activity for Southeast Asia, according to a memo circulated internally and confirmed by a bank spokesperson.

Effective immediately, Qian takes on the new leadership role after her most recent post serving in the US ECM team, where she focussed on US-Asia cross-border opportunities and Spacs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies). The memo highlighted her support of Asian clients seeking equity financing in the US and Hong Kong markets – particularly those active in the consumer and technology sectors.

In her new post, Qian reports to Sunil Dhupelia and Peihao Huang, the bank’s Hong Kong-based co-heads of ECM for Asia ex Japan. The memo was distributed by Murli Maiya, who since January, has overseen the regional ECM effort following Francesco Lavetelli’s promotion to global head of Corporate Equity Derivatives Marketing.

Active in investment banking for the past 14 years, Qian first joined JP Morgan nine years ago as a member of the Hong Kong-based China Corporate Finance team, during which period she helped cover Chinese technology firms.

“Sophie’s wide-ranging experience has allowed her to build strong relationships across global ECM, the investor community and her IB coverage partners. I look forward to her leadership as we further build our ECM franchise across the Southeast Asian region, where we see significant opportunities for growth,” Maiya said in the announcement.

Qian will relocate from New York to Singapore later this year.

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