Bank of Tokyo–Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) Headquarters for the Americas and Union Bank are pleased to announce the hiring of Jeffrey Knowles as head of syndicated loan markets for the Americas. Jeff will report to both Koji Asada, head of the investment banking division for the Americas, BTMU, and Bradley Shairson, executive vice president of global capital markets at Union Bank.
Jeff Knowles (Photo: Business Wire)
Knowles will function as the single leader for a combined loan syndications group for the Americas. He will be responsible for the group’s revenue and market status in the Americas, and for promoting organizational integration toward the creation of a single platform. “Jeff joins us with a solid track record of achievement and the experience to manage our unified efforts,” said Asada and Shairson. “Under his guidance, we will integrate existing functions and pursue market best practices while coordinating among BTMU, Union Bank, and our Tokyo Head Office to maintain consistency with our global business strategy.” Previously, Knowles was Managing Director of Debt Capital Markets and head of Global Loan Syndications at Natixis Capital Markets. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of Global Fixed Income Credit Markets at Citigroup Global Markets Limited in both London and New York. He also held executive positions in loan syndications and in leveraged capital at Citigroup. Earlier experience includes positions with Chase Manhattan Bank. Knowles holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Business from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a member of the Honors Society in Economics, and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Southern California. About The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU) is Japan’s premier bank, with a global network spanning more than 40 countries. BTMU offers an extensive scope of commercial and investment banking products and services to businesses, governments, and individuals worldwide. In the Americas, BTMU has offices throughout the United States and in Canada, Mexico, and Central and South America serving mainly corporate clients. BTMU’s parent, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. (MUFG), is one of the world’s leading financial groups, with total assets of more than JPY 222 trillion (approximately US$2.8 trillion) as of June 30, 2012. MUFG’s services include commercial banking, trust banking, securities, credit cards, consumer finance, asset management, and leasing. The Group’s operating companies include BTMU, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (Japan’s leading trust bank), and Mitsubishi UFJ Securities Holdings Co., Ltd., one of Japan’s largest securities firms. MUFG’s shares trade on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and New York (NYSE: MTU) stock exchanges.