After four months gardening leave, Nick George has taken up a new challenge as head of corporate broking at HSBC. It is a high profile hire for the investment bank, which has traditionally lagged Asia's premier league of brokers by some margin.

George brings with him an impressive list of blue chip clients. Having started his equities career at WI Carr in 1981, he moved to BZW in 1985 and then Jardine Fleming in 1992. At JF, he spent much of the early 1990's building up the firm's highly ranked sales team before it was subsumed by JPMorgan.

The upstanding British banker is also a well-known face in Hong Kong and operates across a small triangle in the Central business district spanning the Ritz Carlton (home), Vong (favourite watering hole) and now right across the road, HSBC (work).