PARIS, July 21 David Azema, a top French civil
servant and manager of the French government's holdings in
strategic companies, is to join Bank of America Merrill Lynch's
investment banking team in London, according to a
statement issued by PR consultants Burson-Marsteller on behalf
of the U.S. bank.
Azema, who heads the government's Agence des Participations
de l'Etat (APE), will be charged with building relationships
with some of the U.S. bank's top international clients and
building up the bank's infrastructure activities worldwide.
The APE was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Andrew Callus and Matthieu Protard)