Monday, February 5, 2007

Deutsche names Sanjay Sharma head of India equity capital markets

Investment banking in India is bearing witness to many high-profile people movements of late. After Citigroup’s investment banking head Surojit Shome’s move to Lehman Brothers India, we now hear of Merrill Lynch old hand Sanjay Sharma quitting Merrill to lead Deutsche Bank’s Indian equity capital markets operations. Sharma’s vacancy is being filled by Sumeet Puri, who will be moving from his post as Asian equity syndicate head from Hong Kong (See Related Post).

Indian equity capital markets volume jumped 22% to more than $19 bn last year, as total investment banking revenue hit a record $413 mn. Indian stocks rose more than 45% in 2006. Deutsche ranked second in investment banking revenues behind Citigroup, with $42 mn in revenues from underwriting stock and bond deals and advising on mergers.

Investment banks like Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs and UBS are expanding their
India teams as the country’s companies become bigger global players. Lehman last month poached Citigroup’s Surojit Shome as head of investment banking for India. Bankers, particularly non-resident Indians, are keen to move to Mumbai and New Delhi as top salaries approach the same levels as those in Singapore and Hong Kong, and the market yields increasingly large and interesting transactions. However, intense competition between banks has taken a bite out of fees, with equity deals only paying an average of 1.6%, compared with 2.3% for Hong Kong offerings and up to 7% for initial public offerings in the United States.

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