Thiam's Grab for Bigger Slice of Asia Pie Brings Costs, Risks

  • Pursuing Asia goals may mean costly hiring, acquisitions
  • Asia entrepreneurs demand credit to spend, grow businesses

Tidjane Thiam, chief executive officer of Credit Suisse Group.

Photographer: Alessandro Della Bella/Bloomberg

Tidjane Thiam has famously described Asia as a pie that’s growing faster than you can eat it. But grabbing a bigger slice is costly and carries risks, raising doubts the head of Credit Suisse Group AG will meet ambitious goals for the region.

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