Morning Coffee Nov 28 2011

UBS Exodus in Asia

By julie steinberg

UBS ducks are following their leaders.

Since Ren Wang left UBS to become Asia president at Jefferies, at least seven Hong Kong UBSers have joined the mid-tier firm. Ronald Tam and Dai Qiang, executive directors at UBS, have become managing directors and will begin work in the first half of December.

Tam may lead Asia corporate finance, while five other executives will assume roles from senior vice president to analyst. Jefferies' team in Hong Kong will now total 12 and will focus on Chinese capital markets and the leveraged finance business.

While Jefferies has come under fire in recent weeks for its purported exposure to European debt, in Asia the bank is expanding its investment bank and equity business. The firm isn't expecting to hire as robustly as it had during the past couple years, but it will still make "selected hires" in those divisions, officials said last quarter.

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List of the Day: Starting a New Job

There's traditionally a lot of hopping between firms toward the end of the year and the beginning of the new. When starting a new gig, keep these tips in mind.

1. Don't be a know-it-all.

2. Don't tout your accomplishments obnoxiously.

3. Don't be too proud to ask for help when you're settling in.

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