Bank Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, announced that it continues to strengthen its Investment Solutions Group ('ISG') in Asia with the appointments of Mark Matthews as Head Research, Asia and Dr Lee Boon Keng as sole Head Investment Solutions Group, Singapore. Reporting to Dr Lee, Mark, who is a specialist with more than 18 years experience in financial and investment sector, will be based in Singapore with a regional mandate.

“Mark comes with a wealth of experience with the regional markets, having worked across Asia for the past 18 years. His expertise extends beyond borders. With Mark on board and Dr Lee helming the ISG Singapore division we have a formidable ISG team in Asia. This reinforces Julius Baer’s position to deliver premium advisory services to our clients, backed by a sound research team with in-depth market knowledge,” said Kenneth Ho, Deputy Global Head ISG and Head Products, Asia Pacific, and a member of the Asia Executive Committee.

“In his previous role as Co-Head of ISG Singapore, Dr Lee has proven to be a remarkable leader and one of the key contributors to the team. With his extensive understanding of the market, we are confident that as Head ISG Singapore, he will continue to build the momentum of the team and deliver excellence in investing in Asia,” Kenneth Ho, who is based in Hong Kong, added.

Bank Julius Baer continues its ambitious growth strategy to make Asia its second home market. Its Hong Kong operation was promoted into a full bank branch late last year. The Bank is also set to open its Shanghai representative office within the year, subjected to regulatory approval, and is the only private bank to hold a QFII licence by the China Banking Regulatory Commission. In addition, an application for a Singapore trust business licence has been submitted to the authorities earlier this year.