Shanghai Pearson

Veteran investment banker lands top China job for ABN AMRO.

After ABN AMRO's latest reorganization, there were many who wondered what role the exuberant James Pearson might carve for himself. Pearson had rejoined ABN after a several years with Morgan Stanley, and was head of corporate finance in the region.

However, in spite of the fact that the Asian franchise saw successes with some key MA advisory mandates for SABMiller and San Miguel, the corporate finance business was eliminated in a recent, sweeping reorganization that ABN instigated from Amsterdam.

At the beginning of May, Pearson's corporate finance group was folded into a new division that combines equity capital markets and MA execution. It...

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