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CAPITAL MARKETS

Samir Assaf: Quality over quantity

As part of Euromoney's 50th anniversary coverage, we profile some of the biggest names that we interviewed for our April capital markets focus.

Samir Assaf, chief executive of global banking and markets at HSBC, is a relative latecomer to the business.

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Samir Assaf, HSBC

He is, however, the great survivor of his peer group: the list of investment bank chiefs at the time he took on the role now reads like ancient history: Anshu Jain, Carsten Kengeter, Jerry del Missier, Rich Ricci. They have all moved on long ago while Assaf, who took over the global banking and markets role from Stuart Gulliver when he became CEO, has gone from strength to strength.

“I came late to the capital markets in 2000 because, before moving into banking in 1994 to work in treasury and FX, I had been treasurer of an oil company,” he tells Euromoney in his office overlooking Canary Wharf in London.