Singapore, 23 Aug 2016

Bank of Singapore expands Philippines team with hire of two seasoned bankers

Bank of Singapore today announced that it has added two senior bankers with extensive experience to its Philippines team.

Mr Arthur Ooi (黄佑权) joined Bank of Singapore as Managing Director and Team Head on 1 August 2016, reporting to Mr Robin Heng, Global Market Head of Indonesia and Philippines. Mr Brandon Ho ( 何萶吉 ) was appointed Executive Director and Senior Relationship Manager on 12 July 2016, reporting to Mr Ooi. Both gentlemen, who are based in Singapore, have legal and investment banking experience, reflecting the evolving role of the private banker.

Mr Robin Heng, Bank of Singapore’s Global Head of Indonesia and the Philippines (邢增良, 环球市场主管(印度尼西亚, 菲律宾), 新加坡银行) shared, “Today, clients no longer expect their private bank to merely handle their investments or advise them on products.

“They increasingly expect their private bank to help in all aspects of their lives – from ensuring liquidity in their private wealth portfolio, offering assistance in setting up trusts and family offices, customising solutions for wealth transfer, structuring financial solutions for business expansion, to having comprehensive understanding of tax regimes across geographies to help clients manage their property portfolios.”

This is especially true in the Asia Pacific region, where the majority of HNWIs are successful entrepreneurs who have grown their own wealth and have their own views about investments.

Said Mr Heng, “We are very happy to have Arthur and Brandon join us. Besides having extensive banking experience and knowledge of the Philippine market, they are also familiar with areas of law, institutional wealth, family office and wealth planning.

“Their expertise and acute knowledge of the nuances and sensitivities of Asian families, will significantly enhance the quality of services and solutions we can offer to our clients.”

Over the last 19 years, Mr Arthur Ooi has been advising ultra-high net worth (UHNW) private clients, family offices and institutional clients both as a lawyer and as a banker. Prior to joining Bank of Singapore, Mr Ooi worked at UBS AG and Citigroup and was most recently a Team Head with the Philippines business of Credit Suisse Private Bank in Asia. Mr Ooi holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Mr Brandon Ho has over 19 years of experience in financial services, both in investment banking and wealth management. He has worked previously in senior roles both as a Relationship Manager and as an Investment Consultant. Mr Ho has advised UHNW private clients, family offices and institutional wealth managers across Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern markets including Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Mr Ho’s last appointment was Team Lead for the Emerging Asia Investment Consulting Business at Credit Suisse. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering with Honours from the Florida Institute of Technology, USA

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