People: Former JP Morgan exec joins TPG; Nomura gets new Asia debt markets head

Private equity major TPG has appointed former JP Morgan executive Jason Mcleod in Australia while Nomura has appointed former Grab executive Guy Smith as head of debt capital markets for Asia ex-Japan.

Former JP Morgan exec joins TPG

Private equity major TPG has appointed former JP Morgan executive Jason Mcleod, a leading deal maker for the latter in Melbourne and one of its senior managers.

Mcleod will report to Joel Thickins, the Head Of Australia and New Zealand. He spent a significant portion of his career making principal investment decisions, especially at GE where he led a number of transformative acquisitions in the FIG space.

With over 25 years in investment banking with JPM, Citi and Goldman Sachs, he has been hired as a senior deal-maker with a focus on new deal origination.

“Jason will be a good cultural fit with the team and was a very obvious choice as he and I have known each other for over 10 years where I’ve had the chance to see his deal craft and the unique perspectives and relationships he brings to any deal,” Thickins said in a statement.

Nomura hires new Asia head of debt capital markets

Nomura has appointed former Grab executive Guy Smith as head of debt capital markets for Asia ex-Japan, according to media reports on Monday.

Smith, who was previously the head of strategic and corporate finance at Singapore-based Southeast Asian ride-hailing application Grab, also worked for Barclays for two decades in Hong Kong.

He spent the last 12 years in regional APAC roles with significant cross-border deal and multi-product exposure through various economic cycles. Smith’s deal experience spans the full spectrum of corporate activity including M&A, inaugural issuance, leveraged and structured finance, private financing and project finance.

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