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UBP's AM division reinforces global sales network with three key hires

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) announced today three key hires within its Asset Management division, as part of the expansion of its sales activities in Europe and Asia.

UBP believes that there is significant potential in European markets and has appointed a new Head of Sales – Europe to focus on augmenting the service it provides to both private and institutional clients in the region. Nicolas Faller joins UBP on 1 November to take up this new role; he also joins the Asset Management Executive Committee. Nicolas was previously Global Head of Distribution Sales and a member of the Executive Committee at BNP Paribas Investment Partners. Prior to BNP, he held a number of senior positions at Fortis Investments and Paribas Asset Management.

The European activities are being strengthened further by the creation of a new team to focus on the Benelux region. The team will be headed by Frédéric Peemans, who joins UBP from Robeco, where he was Head of Sales for Belgium and Luxembourg.

UBP is also boosting its presence in Japan, with the appointment of Kazuhito Yoshihara as CEO of its Tokyo office. After beginning his career at Daiwa Securities, Kazuhito held senior management positions at several leading asset managers in Japan, including Deutsche Morgan Grenfell Asset Management, WestLB Asset Management and Fortis Investments. He joins UBP from BNP Paribas Investment Partners Japan.

Richard Wohanka, CEO of UBP Asset Management, underlined the strategic importance of these hires. “The asset management team has achieved considerable success this year in terms of broadening our product range and taking new services to our clients. This means that we are well positioned to expand our efforts in Europe and across the world, and these latest hires demonstrate that we are building a first-class team. Nicolas, Kazuhito and Frédéric bring with them enormous experience and knowledge of their markets.”

(press release)

About Union Bancaire Privée
Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA (UBP) is based in Geneva and is one of Switzerland’s leading private banks. Active in the field of asset management for both private and institutional clients and with a very solid balance sheet, the Bank had some CHF 72 billion (USD 66.5 billion) in assets under management as at 30 June 2010. UBP employs some 1,200 people in over 20 locations worldwide and provides a complete range of innovative investment products and services, both in traditional and alternative asset management, with the aim of achieving a high performance and protecting clients’ capital. Corporate website:

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