2020 has forced global organisations to think differently about how they run their businesses effectively. Across Asia-Pacific, some of the ‘suppress and lift’ tactics provided an opportunity for domiciled businesses in the region to move more quickly to business as usual whilst their counterparts around the globe were in the early stages of dealing with the crisis and the economic consequences.
How has this led to Private Banks in Asia-Pacific benefiting from more localised thinking and regionalised decision making and how has performance compared to other regional hubs of those banks in Europe or North America? What have banks in this region been able to do differently compared to their peers around the globe? Has this experience changed the structural fabric of private banking institutions, in turn shaping what the Asia Pacific based Private Banks of the future will look like?
About the speakers
Marc Van de Walle
Global Head, Wealth Management, Standard Chartered Bank
Marc joined Standard Chartered Bank in July 2020 and is responsible for driving the wealth management proposition to fuel the growth of the affluent business.
Marc has over 25 years of experience in Retail Banking, Private Banking and Wealth Management in Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Marc was the Global Head of Products at Bank of Singapore and concurrently Head of Wealth Management for OCBC. Marc started his banking career in Europe where he worked in retail and private banking roles in ING Bank and also spent some time during his early career building out an online equities trading platform.
Marc holds an MBA from University of California, Berkeley and is a Certified Financial Analyst. He has also completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. He is married and has a daughter.
Managing Director, Head of Private Banking South Asia and Singapore CEO, Credit Suisse
Benjamin Cavalli is a Managing Director, and was appointed to the role of Head of Private Banking South Asia in August 2018, based in Singapore. In addition, he took on the role of Singapore Chief Executive Officer from January 2017.
In his senior leadership role, Mr. Cavalli leads the Private Banking business in South Asia. He also focuses on collaboration opportunities within Credit Suisse to capitalize on the synergies and business opportunities in the region, drive profitable business growth and advance market share.
In his role as Singapore CEO, Mr. Cavalli works closely with the business heads in Singapore to support the bank’s business and client strategy. He also works with the Corporate Functions to ensure that the requisite governance and control framework is in place for the bank’s business in Singapore.
Mr. Cavalli joined Credit Suisse in November 2009 from UBS Wealth Management, where he was a Managing Director and the Head of Key Clients Singapore. He started his career in the Export Finance department at UBS in Switzerland in 1992 and headed the Commodities, Structured Trade and Export Finance at UBS Investment Bank in Hong Kong from 1997 to 2000, before beginning his career in wealth management.
He has over 20 years’ experience in both Investment Banking and Wealth Management across Switzerland and Asia, 14 of which were focused on the Singapore market and in senior management capacity. Mr. Cavalli is accredited under Financial Industry Certified Professionals (FICP) by the Institute of Banking and Finance (IBF) in Singapore.
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