Oppenheimer Europe has opened a new office in Geneva as part of the firm’s continued international expansion. The Geneva office will be led by Emmanuel Geiser, who, along with a team of seasoned professionals, has a long and established track record serving institutional clients in Switzerland, France and Benelux markets.
The new office, which will focus on Institutional Sales across Europe, will strengthen Oppenheimer Europe’s institutional client coverage, access to middle market clients across Continental Europe, and ability to place securities into European institutional buyers. This will be the Firm’s second European office in addition to its London headquarters. In March 2012, Oppenheimer Europe opened an office in Jersey, Channel Islands.
Max Lami, Chief Executive Officer of Oppenheimer Europe, said: 'Despite difficult market conditions the Company has performed exceptionally well and our expansion into Switzerland offers a tremendous opportunity for us to continue to build our presence in the European market. While many other firms are scaling back, we believe now is the time to grow'.
Emmanuel Geiser joins Oppenheimer Europe as a Managing Director and Branch Manager from National Bank of Canada, where he was the General Manager of their Swiss subsidiary, NBF International SA. Emmanuel worked for National Bank of Canada for 23 years.
Julie Chirouze joins Oppenheimer Europe as an Executive Director from National Bank of Canada, where she was a Vice President of Institutional Sales.
Florian Parvulesco joins Oppenheimer Europe as an Executive Director from National Bank of Canada, where he was a Director of Institutional Sales for 13 years.
Luisa Puglia Giongo joins Oppenheimer Europe as an Executive Director from National Bank of Canada, where she was Middle Office Manager.
Philippa Parisi, Co-Head of Institutional Equities in Europe commented: 'Emmanuel and the team have an incredible network of relationships across institutional clients in Europe, both in the tier 1 and middle market segments, and will be a terrific complement to our Firm'.
John Hellier, Head of Global Equities at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., added: 'We are very pleased to have Emmanuel, Julie, Florian and Luisa join the Oppenheimer platform in Europe. Our already strong presence in Europe is significantly bolstered by this capability to service the needs of institutional clients throughout Switzerland, France and the Benelux countries'.
'We see competitors scaling back in Europe, including those that have been very successful in the past, so what we are doing may be seen as standing apart and moving in a different direction. Larger international banks do have a similar global footprint to us, but they really only mobilise that infrastructure and resource for the very largest institutional clients', added Lami.