French financial services company Natixis has hired Miranda Zhao as Asia Pacific head of mergers and acquisitions in corporate and investment banking.
She succeeds Meriem Smida, who relocated in late 2019 from Hong Kong to Natixis’s London branch as a senior banker.
Ms. Zhao was formerly head of M&As at Chinese financial conglomerate China Everbright Capital.
At Natixis, she will lead the development of M&A activities in Asia Pacific, working closely with the company’s in-house team and its network of boutique M&A advisory firms in the region and globally, Natixis says in a statement on January 6.
She is based in Hong Kong and reports to Raghu Narain, the head of investment banking for Asia Pacific.
“I have great confidence that her well-established investment banking career, combined with her origination capabilities, knowledge, and leadership experience, position her well to take our M&A business in Asia Pacific to the next level,” Mr. Narain says in the statement.
Natixis had 921 billion euros (US$1.03 trillion) of assets under management as of September 2019.