Standard Chartered to double London M&A team

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Standard Chartered, the UK-listed bank, is looking to double its London-based mergers and acquisitions advisory team.

A spokesman said the bank was looking to hire a further five to seven bankers in the coming months to its five-strong team.

Standard Chartered has M&A teams in Hong Kong, Singapore and Mumbai reporting to Viswanathan Shankar, global head of corporate finance.

It hopes to win advisory mandates from western businesses looking to buy into emerging markets or emerging market companies which want to expand in the US or Europe.

Standard Chartered is ranked 23rd in Thomson Financial's Asia (excluding Japan) M&A league table by number of deals this year.

In January, it advised Sunningdale Precision Industries, a Singaporean plastics manufacturer, on its $195m (€162m) sale to Tech Group, a local industrial rival.

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