WestLB bulks up structured finance capabilities

The German firm names four executives in Hong Kong.
WestLB has announced the appointment of four senior executives in its Hong Kong offices. The new appointments come to the firmÆs structured finance practice in Asia, which has recently been reorganised under the capital markets banner.

Katherine Lau arrives at WestLB as the head of loan syndications for Asia-Pacific. In her new role she will be working closely with Charles Regan, head of originations, to further develop the bank's structured loan syndication business regionally. For WestLB, Lau reports to Richard Hill, head of debt syndicate EMEA/APAC, and to Neil Colverd, head of APAC at WestLB.

Lau shifts from Societe Generale where she was a director of originations and syndicate with responsibility for the structuring and execution of debt financings.

Before SG, Lau was employed by Fitch IBCA Hong Kong as an associate director. Her experience extends to JPMorgan Securities (Asia) where she was associate/assistant vice president for global syndicated finance. Lau began her career at SG as an assistant manager for project finance.

Also joining WestLB from SG is Angus Davidson, who comes on board as director. In his new role, Davidson will be charged with developing and originating opportunities in the energy, metals and mining and infrastructure sectors.

At SG Australia, he was a director for project finance, corporate and investment banking. He held this role since 1996 and has also worked for Bank of Tokyo and Bank of Scotland.

Also joining WestLB as associate director in energy, metals and mining and infrastructure sectors is Adolfo Abueg. He crosses from Deutsche Bank where he spent six years as a vice president responsible for structured trade and export finance operations in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Korea. Abueg has also worked for BNP Paribas, Generation Venture Associates and Johnson Controls.

In the German firmÆs Hong Kong office, Edmund Wong will report for duty as associate director in telecom/leverage finance. In this position, he will assist the originators in the origination and execution of leveraged finance transactions in Asia. Prior to WestLB, Wong worked for DBS Bank for seven years.

The new appointments follow an extremely proactive hiring strategy by WestLB in Hong Kong. So far in 2006, the firm has brought in Colverd, has named Hui Wen Shiau as general manager in Hong Kong, managing director and head of sales and structuring for Asia Pacific, and Bodo H÷rnemann as general manager in Hong Kong to lead the bank's back-office operations.
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