People Digest: BlackRock, UBS Asset Management rope in senior execs

FILE PHOTO: A sign for BlackRock Inc hangs above their building in New York U.S., July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

In a senior management rejig, BlackRock has roped in a new managing director to spearhead its wealth management business in APAC while seeing its Australasia COO depart to join UBS Asset Management.

BlackRock hires head of wealth for APAC

Global investment manager BlackRock has reportedly roped in Guilherme Lima from Australian bank Westpac, to be its head of wealth for APAC.

At Westpac, Lima led private banking, commercial banking and SME banking. Prior to Westpac, he was with HSBC in various wealth-related roles. Lima also used to be a partner at McKinsey in New York and Sao Paulo.

BlackRock operates 25 offices throughout Asia Pacific, according to information available on its website. The firm has 287 investment specialists in this region, focused on equities, fixed Income, multi-asset, alternatives and exchange-traded funds.

UBS Asset Management poaches BlackRock exec

UBS Asset Management has appointed Alison Telfer as country head for Australia and New Zealand, according to media reports.

Telfer, who is chief operating officer, general counsel and head of public policy at BlackRock Investment Management Australasia, will assume office in January 2022.

She will take over from John Mowat, who will return to his previous role of head of UBS Asset Management’s real estate business.

Before her stint at Blackrock, Telfer was director of specialised product development and co-investment at Challenger.

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Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.