Lazard Ltd. has named Peter Kuo a managing director and head of equity capital markets advisory in Asia. He will be based in Hong Kong. Kuo most recently served as a managing director of Cowen and Company, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of its capital raising transactions for Chinese companies, the company said in a release.
Lazard Ltd (NYSE:LAZ) announced today that Peter C. Kuo has joined the firm as a Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets Advisory in Asia, effective immediately. Based in Hong Kong, Mr. Kuo most recently served as a Managing Director of Cowen and Company.
“I am delighted that Peter Kuo has joined us in Hong Kong,” said Yan Lan, Head of Greater China Investment Banking for Lazard. “We expect that his depth of experience in capital raising for Chinese companies will be of tremendous benefit to our clients in the region seeking capital markets and strategic transactions advice.”
“Chinese companies are seeking advice on opportunities to raise capital in China and abroad, while non-Chinese based companies are evaluating capital raising involving the China and Hong Kong markets,” said Tom Tuft, Chairman, Global Capital Markets Advisory. “Peter will be a great resource in Asia both for capital raising as well as capital structure advisory related to mergers and acquisitions in the region.”
Lazard’s Equity Capital Markets business provides advice to corporations with respect to all forms of public and private equity, and equity-linked financings, including initial public offerings, follow-on and convertible financings and private placements.
Mr. Kuo was formerly a Managing Director of the wholly-owned Asia subsidiary of Cowen and Company, where he was responsible for the origination and execution of its capital raising transactions for Chinese companies. He began his career at Davis Polk & Wardwell in 1998. A Fulbright Scholar in Taipei, Mr. Kuo received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Lazard, one of the world’s preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 42 cities across 27 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating back to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals.