People Digest: Credit Suisse, Savills, Beyond Capital and NEA make senior hires

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The Credit Suisse logo is seen at the headquarters in downtown Milan, Italy, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

Zurich-based bank Credit Suisse announced senior appointments in Southeast Asia, to be based in Singapore, while Savills Investment has named a Senior Manager of Investment in Hong Kong. Outside Asia, impact investment fund Beyond Capital had named a new member of its Board of Directors.

Zurich appoints new Singapore-based unit heads

Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second-largest bank, has announced senior appointments in its Southeast Asia investment banking business based in Singapore.

In a statement, the bank said it has appointed Credit Suisse veteran Yvonne Voon as head of Southeast Asia real estate in investment banking and capital markets. Voon has been with the bank for 12 years in London, Singapore, and Malaysia.

In the same announcement, Credit Suisse said, Felicity Chan, who was previously part of the Southeast Asia corporate finance team, will now head the bank’s equity syndicate for the region. Voon and Chan are both based in Singapore.

Savills appoints Sarah Winbur as Senior Manager of Investment

UK-based real estate specialist Savills Investment Management has appointed Sarah Winbur to the new role of Senior Manager of Investment, to be based in Hong Kong.

Winbur moves from London, where she worked across Savills’ European Retail Funds and Strategic Partnerships as an Assistant Portfolio Manager. Winbur joined property consultancy Savills in London in 2012 and stepped on board the firm’s investment affiliate in 2016 before her move to Asia.

In her new role, Winbur is now responsible for the company’s separately managed accounts involving both inbound and outbound capital, covering transactions, investment underwriting, and asset management.

Impact investment fund Beyond Capital adds PE veteran to board

Beyond Capital, an impact investment fund that invests in seed-stage, for-profit social enterprises in India and East Africa, has appointed private equity veteran Abilash Jaikumar to its Board of Directors.

Jaikumar is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of TresVista Financial Services, that provides offshore support to asset managers, investment banks, research firms, and corporates.

Beyond Capital said, his appointment will enable the investment firm to leverage full-service support from TresVista, including business development, deal execution, portfolio management, fund administration.

Former GGV Capital principal joins NEA

New York-based venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates Inc (NEA) has named former GGV Capital principal Crystal Huang as its new principal of its technology investing team.

In the announcement, NEA said, Huang will focus on investments in software-as-a-service (SaaS), security, infrastructure and fintech.

“Crystal (Huang) is a talented investor with expertise across some of our core areas of focus, from security to fintech. She will be a valuable addition to our New York-based team, and we’re excited to welcome her to the firm,” said general partner and head of NEA’s technology investing practice, Tony Florence.

At China and US-based GGV Capital, Huang has worked with many of the firm’s portfolio companies, including OpenDoor, Slack, Wish, BigCommerce, Tile, HashiCorp, Unravel Data, BrightWheel, NS1 and Wish, and led or sourced the firm’s investments in Bitsight, Headspin and Aptible, among others.

Prior to GGV Capital, Huang worked in technology investment banking at Blackstone and sales and trading at Goldman Sachs.

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