UBS Securities Japan has announced the appointments of Andrew Hunter and Taichi Takahashi as its co-heads of Japan equities. In the firmÆs Tokyo offices, they take over the role from Richard Samuelson, who has accepted a new role within UBS.

Hunter, who has been with UBS since 1997, was previously global head of Japanese equity distribution. Prior to taking on this role in 2002, Hunter was the head of Pan-Asian equity sales. When he first joined UBS in 1997, he was head of Japanese equities sales, based in Tokyo. In total, Hunter brings 18 years of experience to his new role.

Takahashi takes on the new role after rising up the trading ranks at UBS. Most recently, he was the firmÆs head of Japanese equities trading. He started his career with UBS in 1994.

Both appointees will report to John Wall and Daniel Coleman, joint global heads of equities. Locally, Hunter and Takahashi will report to Mark Branson, CEO of UBS Securities Japan.