UBS To Increase Headcount In Its 'Second Home Market'

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UBS plans to increase its Asia corporate advisory and capital markets team by 10% over three years to tap expansion in the world’s fastest-growing region.

Bloomberg reports that the bank may move some staff from Australia to faster- growing parts of Asia, Matthew Grounds, head of the Asia-Pacific corporate client solutions unit for UBS, said in an interview in Sydney Tuesday, without disclosing how many people his group employs in either market.

The goals for Asia contrast with restructuring of UBS’s investment banking business worldwide as it scales back fixed- income operations and cuts 10,000 jobs over three years to focus on money management. Andrea Orcel, CEO of the investment bank, said in November that the Asia-Pacific region is viewed as a 'second home market'.

'We led early with the headcount reductions globally', said Grounds, referring to job cuts that began at the bank in 2011. 'Activity levels are picking up, so for us it’s about investing and redeploying our people'.

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