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Citigroup creates tech, media and telco role for South-east Asia dealmaking

Published Thu, Jul 8, 2021 · 11:48 AM

[HONG KONG] Citigroup hired Varun Matta from CIMB as head of technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) investment banking for the Asean region to lead a push in dealmaking.

Mr Matta, who will join the US bank in a few months in Singapore, will be a manging director and also cover some sponsor clients for the region, the bank said in an email. The area includes countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Singapore.

"Asean is home to some of the fastest growing TMT companies globally and we are further intensifying our focus on this sector with this key hire to support our client led growth across South-east Asia," Jan Metzger, head of Asia Pacific banking, capital markets and advisory, said in an email.

In the past two months, Citigroup advised Tokopedia on a US$18 billion merger with GoJek in Indonesia to create the country's largest Internet company. It also advised Norway's Telenor on the merger of its Malaysian mobile operations with those of Axiata Group to create a US$12 billion entity, the biggest telecommunications transaction in the South-east Asian country.

Mr Matta will report to Jim Perry and Ho-Yin Lee, co-heads of TMT for Asia Pacific and David Biller, head of Asean banking, capital markets and advisory. He was most recently head of mergers and acquisitions, financial sponsors and TMT at CIMB. Before that he was a director in investment banking for South-east Asia at Credit Suisse Group from 2010 to 2016.

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