LONDON, July 18 Citigroup Inc is moving
its Asia Pacific head of prime brokerage sales and capital
introduction, Martin Visairas, to London, according to a memo
seen by Reuters.
Visairas, who had joined Citigroup in Hong Kong from
financial conglomerate Old Mutual in late 2010, will take a
senior role in the bank's European capital introduction team.
A Citigroup spokesman in London confirmed the contents of
Prime brokers provide services such as clearing trades and
lending money to hedge funds. Capital introduction teams of
prime brokers link hedge funds to potential investors.
Visairas is one of many senior prime brokerage executives
who have recently left Asia to focus on bigger hedge fund
markets such as Europe and the United States of America.
Earlier this year, Deutsche Bank moved its head
of prime finance distribution for Asia Pacific, Harvey Twomey,
to London. Jason Berry, who was part of Goldman Sachs Group's
hedge fund consulting team, also moved to the city this
year to join Bank of America Corp.
In Asia, Carl Davey will take over as the head of
alternatives sales from Visairas, while Rob Baigrie will be the
new head of capital introduction and business advisory,
according to the memo.
(Reporting by Nishant Kumar; Editing by Clare Hutchison)