Bhatia was formerly responsible for key relationships in Hong Kong such as with Hutchison Whampoa (which recently launched a HK$12 billion loan via HSBC) and Swire (which HSBC has just closed a syndication for).

Bhatia replaces PS Gan who left the bank in May. Bhatia has worked for HSBC for almost 14 years and has seen previous stints in India, the Middle East and London.