Credit Suisse has appointed Mark Burrows, as vice chairman of its Investment Banking Department for Asia Pacific region.

As vice chairman, Burrows will take a senior advisory role, focusing on developing Credit Suisse’s client relationships in Australia and throughout the region. He will be based in Sydney.

Burrows’ career in investment banking spans 40 years, commencing with Baring Brothers in London. From the mid-1980s to 1999, he was executive chairman of Baring Brothers Burrows in Sydney, after which he relocated to London as deputy chairman and managing director of ING Barings.

In 2004, he joined Lazard as a managing partner in London, before returning to the role of chairman in Australia.

Burrows has been a non-executive chairman, deputy chairman and director of a number of major Australian, British and New Zealand public companies.

Burrows has also heavily influenced the development of Australian public policy over many years. In the 1990s, he led the development of Australia’s national uniform corporate law and financial market regulation, which led to the creation of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Credit Suisse co-Head of Investment Banking Department for Asia Pacific Helman Sitohang said Burrows’ appointment at a time of strong momentum for Credit Suisse in Australia and the region.

"Mark’s depth of experience both locally and globally will be extremely valuable to our clients as we continue to build on our strong market position in the Asia Pacific region," Sitohang said.