Gulliver's Travels

Feb 1, 2007

After building a formidable reputation in Asia, HSBC's global investment banking head Stuart Gulliver aims to replicate his success in Latin America.

Stuart Gulliver is a name to conjure with at HSBC's bustling Manhattan headquarters. Backs straighten, heels click into action and the conversation shifts to tones of hushed reverence at the mere mention of the London-based chief. The chances of him actually taking time out from running the growing investment banking arm of the world's third biggest bank to talk about Latin America, a minor part of the HSBC empire, seem remote indeed.

Colleagues express disbelief tinged with envy at the idea of a private audience with the reputedly pugnacious boss. The atmosphere would suggest that if and when he turns up, he's going to be very annoyed at the imposition. But Gulliver breezes into the glass box overlooking New York and is personable, sharp and almost humble.

A slew of negative news about HSBC and its poor share price performance precede Gulliver's exclusive January interview with LatinFinance. If anything,...

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