Two Deutsche Bank Asia Veterans Said Poised to Depart

  • Nichol is in talks about a senior role at a financial firm
  • Rodriguez Torres considers setting up an investment fund

Deutsche Bank AG is set to lose two of its most senior investment bankers in Asia as Bill Nichol and Joaquin Rodriguez Torres plan to depart this year, people familiar with the matter said.

Nichol, who runs investment banking for financial institutions in the Asia-Pacific region, plans to leave in May after more than 13 years with Deutsche Bank, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. He’s in talks to join a closely held financial company in a senior Asian role, one of the people said without providing details.

Tan Boon-Kee, Deutsche Bank’s Singapore-based head of client coverage for Southeast Asia, is poised to replace Nichol, the people said. She is expected to retain her Southeast Asian responsibilities in the new role, they added.

Rodriguez Torres, who joined Deutsche Bank a decade ago and is regional head of technology, media and telecom investment banking, is in discussions to leave the firm and is considering setting up his own fund, the people said. Both bankers are based in Hong Kong and worked at Lehman Brothers Inc. before joining the German lender.

Amy Chang, a spokeswoman at Deutsche Bank, declined to comment.

Nichol, 49, and Rodriguez Torres, 44, would join an exodus of senior bankers from an industry weighted down by stricter regulatory scrutiny of deals, intensifying competition from local banks and shrinking profits that have triggered bonus cuts. Deutsche Bank Chief Executive Officer John Cryan plans to slash the bank’s bonus pool by about 15 percent, Handelsblatt reported this week.

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Henry Cai, Deutsche Bank’s former Asia-Pacific chairman of corporate finance, left about a year ago and is now running a private equity fund. Douglas Morton, former co-head of corporate finance in Asia, left the bank in December, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Bhupinder Singh, who was co-head of Asia-Pacific corporate banking and securities, also left the bank last year.

Rodriguez Torres joined Deutsche Bank in 2006 and was part of the team that worked on the $25 billion initial public offering by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in 2014. The record-breaking IPO paid about $300 million of fees to all the banks and brokerages involved, according to a filing from the company that year.

Nichol joined Deutsche Bank in October 2002 as director and head of the financial institutions group in Asia, excluding Japan, after working at the now-defunct Lehman Brothers for nine years. He was named co-head of global insurance in October 2013, in addition to his Asia-Pacific role. Before Lehman, he worked for Barclays de Zoete Wedd, the former name for the Barclays Plc U.K. brokerage subsidiary, in London and Tokyo.

Deutsche Bank last year advised on $11 billion of mergers and acquisitions involving Asian banks and insurance companies, down from a record $20 billion in 2014, data complied by Bloomberg show. Among the deals that Nichol worked on were Anbang Insurance Group Co.’s acquisition of Netherlands’ SNS Reaal NV’s insurance arm, and the $20.5 billion IPO by AIA Group Ltd. in 2010.

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