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ABN Amro announces the latest development in its telecom, media and technology (TMT) client sector in the region with the appointment of Tri Pham as executive director, Asian telecoms, and announcement of three additional appointments in Asia. The bank continues to build on its regional franchise and TMT is a key industry for ABN Amro, where the bank has already a very significant presence regionally and globally.

Neil Galloway, managing director, head of Asian telecoms, says, “The changes in our Asian TMT team will further strengthen our client relationships and support the continuing development of our regional franchise. It also reflects our commitment to a client-led model and will significantly improve ABN Amro’s capabilities in TMT, which is one of the fastest moving industries. ABN Amro will continue to bring together our strengths, and coupled with our in-depth sector expertise and thorough understanding of our clients and their business, we can provide a total, integrated product offering to them.”

Tri Pham, executive director, Asian telecoms, is based in Hong Kong and focuses on further development of client relationships in Southeast Asia, particularly in Singapore and Indonesia. He was previously a director with Merrill Lynch based in Singapore for nine years covering telecoms clients in Southeast Asia, and brings a strong investment banking track record to ABN Amro.

Billy Goquingco, director, Asian telecoms and media, has relocated to ABN in Hong Kong from the Philippines, where he was a relationship banker for the last four years covering the TMT sector. He continues to cover telecoms and media relationships in the Philippines in addition to assuming responsibility regionally for inbound telecom and media multinational clients.

Vijay Chopra, executive director, head of South Asia and Middle East TMT, assumes the principal role for the development of the bank’s telecoms, media and technology business in South Asia and also joins the Indian Coverage Management Committee. He has strong client relationships in the South Asian markets; and continues to develop a strong market position there further across the bank’s TMT client base. In addition, he will spearhead development of selected new markets and clients in the Middle East. He will continue to be based in Singapore.

The bank also announced that Shirley Liu, associate vice-president, Asian TMT, who has relocated from the bank’s technology banking team in San Francisco to TMT coverage in Hong Kong, will help in the development of client business in Greater China. In addition, she will support the development of the bank’s inbound/outbound TMT multinational client business in Asia.

In Asia, the bank has most recently closed a US$115mn convertible bond deal for Bharti Televentures. ABN Amro Rothschild was joint bookrunner for this transaction.