UOB hires buy-side director and wine-bar owner for senior IB role

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UOB has hired a buy-side director and wine-bar owner into a senior investment banking role.

Elizabeth Lin has left One North Capital to join UOB as a senior director in corporate finance IBD, according to her online public profile.

She spent two years and four months as a research director at One North Capital, the Singapore-based independent investment firm founded by former CIMB-GK Securities CEO Lee Ming San.

UOB hired Lin for both her technical banking expertise and her large network of contacts within the Singapore corporate sector, says a headhunter who has knowledge of the move and who asked not to be named.

The UOB role is not Lin’s first job in investment banking. During her 11-year career she has moved between the buy-side and sell-side several times.

From 2010 to 2014 Lin worked for Standard Chartered, latterly as a director, specialising in corporate finance, corporate advisory and leveraged finance.

She is “experienced in M&A transactions, and acquisition and structured debt financings in Southeast Asia – especially in Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore – across a wide spectrum of industry sectors”, according to her online profile.

Lin began her career as an analyst in global leveraged finance at UBS in Hong Kong in January 2006.

But while most juniors start contemplating shifting to the buy-side after at least three years in banking, Lin managed to move after just 11 months at UBS.

She joined the Hong Kong office of US private equity giant AEA Investors as an associate in November 2009 and worked there for more than two years.

Lin has business interests outside of banking. In 2011, when working for Stan Chart, she set up Praelum Wine Bistro in Singapore’s trendy Duxton enclave.

She opened “Singapore's first specialist wine-themed bistro bar” – which is still operating in the same location – “with a dream to connect people through her love for wine and food”, according to the bar’s website.

UOB has not yet responded to a request to comment on Lin's appointment.

Image credit: Nikada, Getty

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