Kester Ng leaves investment banking after 20 years

The chairman of Asia-Pacific ECM at J.P. Morgan quits after seven years with the firm to seek new challenges as an entrepreneur.

Kester Ng, J.P. Morgan’s chairman of equity capital markets ECM for Asia-Pacific, is leaving the firm after seven years to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities outside the investment banking industry, according to an internal announcement.

A person familiar with the move said Ng will be putting more time into a life-style-focused real estate business of which he has been a silent partner for some time. He now aims to become more actively involved.

The ECM industry in Asia has seen significant structural changes in the past 12-18 months, including shrinking fees and the use of more bookrunners on every deal, which is making it more and more difficult...

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