Monday, December 10, 2007

UBS India Investment Banking is stepping on the gas

UBS will nearly double its investment banking staff in India to up to 180 (from 100 now) in the next year as it prepares to offer more services and retain its share of the increasingly competitive business, the head of UBS in India said.

UBS tops the merger and advisory table so far this year, up from seventh spot last year, data from Thomson Financial showed, leapfrogging rivals including Morgan Stanley , Citigroup , JPMorgan and Merrill Lynch.

Our challenge and our desire is to remain among the top three investment banks in India," Manisha Girotra, managing director and chairperson for UBS India, told the Reuters India Investment Summit on Thursday. The competition extended to staffing. Hiring and retention of talent were the biggest challenges, Girotra said, and took up 30-40 percent of her time.

UBS, the world's largest wealth manager, is also awaiting regulatory approval to offer additional services including fixed income, wealth management and high-end retail banking in India.
Globally, UBS has had a turbulent year. It closed Dillon Read Capital Management in May and in October announced its first group quarterly loss in five years. But it has said its wealth management business was poised for strong growth.

Source: Reuters

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