Daily Dispatches - BNP Paribas unit hiring in Asia after staff departures

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BNP Paribas Investment Partners is planning to hire senior sales staff, says Asian Investor, after a flood of departures in recent months.

The firm has also merged its sales and client servicing teams in response to a near 25% decline in assets under management in Asia between June 2012 and September this year to $56 billion.

Four senior sales staff will be recruited for Hong Kong, and one in Singapore. The ideal candidates will be specialists in insurance, private banking, greater China and institutional.

Spain's Santander makes its next step into Asia with Bank of Shanghai deal  

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A permanent group of Santander staff will be sent to work in China. The FT says the latest transaction builds on a deal signed off by Chinese regulators earlier this year to buy a fifth of Bank of Beijing’s consumer finance arm, alongside an existing car financing joint venture it owns with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile, a Chinese carmaker.

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New Zealand's statistics agency to axe a quarter of senior staff

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The agency currently has a total 1,118 staff based in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Nomura planning 20 top M&A hires to regain market share

Japan's Nomura Holdings plans to hire about 20 bankers in the US  to regain lost share of the world’s largest mergers and acquisitions advisory market, Bloomberg reports.

The company will seek people to work on leveraged lending and building relationships with private-equity firms. Others will be recruited to cover the hotel, real estate, casino and gaming industries.

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