Merrill bulks up Asian equity finance expertise

New heads for prime brokerage sales and Japan stock lending business announced.

In a move to step up its commitment to servicing Asian hedge strategies, Merrill Lynch yesterday announced the addition of two senior hires to its Asian equity finance team.

Joining Merrill to lead its prime brokerage sales and marketing effort in the region is Harvey Twomey, who will be based in Hong Kong. Twomey joins from HSBC Bank of Bermuda's global fund services group where he was regional director of sales based in London. Prior to that he was with the Misys group in Hong Kong, building up the firm's securities and trading platform. Twomey will report regionally to Craig Mason, head of Pacific Rim prime brokerage.

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