JPMorgan bolsters Korean investment banking team

The bank makes two senior hires from Deutsche and Credit Suisse.
In what senior country officer and head of investment banking in Korea, Steve Lim, said would likely be the final two senior hires of the year, JPMorgan has hired Hee-Jae Lee and David Han from Deutsche Banks and Credit Suisse, respectively.

Steve Lim said:ôIf you look at the M&A market in Korea, several key transactions were postponed until after the presidential elections in December 2007 so we'd expect volumes to increase next year. David and Hee-Jae are important additions to the team as we continue to build on our strong market position in Korea where we see dynamic growth opportunities.ö

Both will report to Lim.

Lee will prioritise investment banking execution across debt, equity and M&A, and serve as a link between Korea and regional hubs in Singapore and Hong Kong. He will have a secondary coverage role as well.

Han, in contrast, will be a pure coverage banker, looking after chaebol clients such as SK and LG. He replaces William Choi.

Han has a background in private equity, and he also has expertise as a lawyer. Han got his JD from Duke University, and his BA from Columbia. Lee got his BA from Yale.

Hee-Jae has 11 years of experience in the region with Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Immediately prior to joining JPMorgan, he was with Deutsche Bank for over three years, most recently as Director of M&A Group based in Hong Kong. Before that he worked at Goldman Sachs for eight years mostly at its M&A and advisory group.

David Han joins JPMorgan from Credit Suisse where he worked as Director for Korea since 2002, responsible for its investment banking operations in Korea. He brings a broad range of corporate finance experience in both investment banking coverage and M&A, as well as private equity client coverage experience and equity derivatives expertise. In addition to his seven years in investment banking, David has 10 years of experience as a lawyer.

Han will be based in Seoul, while Lee will be based in Hong Kong.
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