ING Barings has appointed two senior members to its Japanese equity sales teams in its New York and Tokyo offices.

Bill Healey has stepped into the New York-based position to lead ING Baring’s sales offerings to institutional investors and develop its Japanese equity franchise in US.

Healey has 14 years of experience in Japanese equity sales and research. Prior to ING Barings, he was the acting head of Japanese equity for HSBC Securities in New York. He began his career at Goldman Sachs, then Merrill Lynch before holding down the position head of Japanese equity sales at both Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.

Another member from HSBC Securities in New York, Nick Cant has joined ING Baring’s Tokyo office as head of foreign institutional sales, Japan. He will focus on upgrading the firm’s equity sales capability and coverage.

Cant has spent 16 years in Japanese equity sales. At HBSC Securities, Cant spent two years selling Japanese equities to institutional clients in the US. Before that, he worked for Schroder Japan in Tokyo and Prospect Asset Management, a small Japanese companies investor.

"We are extremely pleased to have successfully recruited such experienced professionals at a time when client interest in Japanese equities is steadily building," says Richard Hoskin, global product head for ING Barings in Japan. "Bill and Nick will add considerable strength to our worldwide Japanese equity product and their hires represent a vital step forward in strengthening our franchise."