Matthew Westerman: A midwife to ECM
As part of Euromoney's 50th anniversary coverage, we profile some of the biggest names that we interviewed for our April capital markets focus.
Since starting his career in the mid 1980s, Matthew Westerman has worked at some of the biggest houses in equity capital markets, including Credit Suisse First Boston, Rothschild and Goldman Sachs.
His last senior role was as co-head of global banking at HSBC, which he left in late 2017. He now works on London’s King’s Road at investment firm MW&L Capital Partners, which he set up with two other partners in 2018.
But 33 years ago, he was doing the rounds of interviews – mostly with success.
“I had 14 offers but two rejections, one from Rothschild and one from Goldman Sachs, so my career has been something of a story of revenge,” he says.
Choosing CSFB for his first job over Salomon Brothers, which had been offering more money, turned out to be a good idea.