Credit Suisse has named Greg Weinberger and Anthony Armstrong as co-heads of Americas mergers & acquisitions. The bank also named Ronnie Behar as co-head of Asia Pacific M&A, who will join current co-head Joseph Gallagher.
Weinberger was a lawyer at Cravath Swaine & Moore before he joined Credit Suisse in 1996. He's the third former Cravath lawyer to become head of M&A at a major bank. The others are Rob Kindler at Morgan Stanley and Jim Woolery at JPMorgan.
Weinberger previously was head of oil and gas M&A in the Americas for Credit Suisse.
Armstrong was head of M&A for Qatar Holding in Doha for two years and will rejoin Credit Suisse in August. He had originally joined Credit Suisse in 2000, after working for Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
Beher was head of Southeast Asia M&A prior to his recent appointment.
The memo announcing the appointments from Boon Sim, global head of M&A, is below.
I am pleased to announce that Greg Weinberger and Anthony Armstrong have been appointed Co-Heads of Americas Mergers & Acquisitions based in New York and Ronnie Behar has been appointed Co-Head of APAC Mergers & Acquisitions based in Singapore along with Joseph Gallagher based in Hong Kong, effective immediately.
Greg Weinberger joined Credit Suisse's Americas M&A Group in 1996 from Cravath, Swaine & Moore where he was a practicing attorney. Prior to his new role, Greg was Head or Co-Head of Americas Oil & Gas since 2008. He worked on notable transactions such as Texaco's merger with Chevron and Anadarko Petroleum's simultaneous acquisition of Kerr-McGee and Western Gas Resources. In addition, he has led important transactions for ConocoPhillips, including the formation of ConocoPhillips' strategic alliance with Lukoil and the sale of ConocoPhillips' interest in the Canadian Syncrude project to Sinopec. Osmar Abib, Global Head of Oil & Gas, will assume Greg's previous position of Head of Americas Oil & Gas.
Anthony Armstrong joined Credit Suisse's Americas M&A Group in 2000 as part of the firm's merger with DLJ. Prior to his new role, Anthony was on a two-year assignment as Head of M&A for Qatar Holding in Doha and will be rejoining Credit Suisse in August 2011. Prior to his secondment to QH, Anthony was Head of M&A MENA based in Dubai and London and Head of M&A Western Region United States based in Los Angeles. He has worked on a number of the largest sovereign wealth fund transactions, including QH's $11 billion investment in Volkswagen/Porsche and the acquisition of Harrods.
Ronnie Behar joined Credit Suisse's EMEA M&A Group in 1994. Since 2005, Ronnie has been Head of M&A Southeast Asia and has worked on some of the region's largest transactions, including Philip Morris' $5 billion acquisition of Sampoerna and Temasek's $8 billion divestiture of its power generation assets. Over the past three years, Credit Suisse ranked #1 in Southeast Asia for completed M&A transactions and share of wallet*.
Greg, Anthony and Ronnie have all spent a substantial part, or all of their careers in the Global M&A Group which reflects on the deep bench of M&A professionals at Credit Suisse. Together with Giuseppe Monarchi, Head of EMEA M&A, Joseph Gallagher, Co-Head of APAC M&A, and Vikas Seth and Marcus Silberman, Co-Heads of Emerging Markets M&A, we now have a highly-experienced leadership team that will be able to work closely with IBD officers around the globe to drive large cap and cross border deal flow and provide our clients with the highest level of M&A service anywhere in the world.
These appointments reflect our continued efforts to build and strengthen our current Global #3 M&A position** and our indisputable leadership in blockbuster mergers, where we are represented in seven out of the top 10 global transactions year to date.
Please join me in congratulating Greg, Anthony and Ronnie and wishing them success in their new roles.
Gina Chon is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where this story originally appeared. Write to her here.