Chief Operating Officers Leaders Conversations (COOLC)


The Chief Operating Officers Leaders Conversations (COOLC) are the only instances where COO’s from the private banks come together behind closed doors to debate, share and network with each other around the most challenging topic in private banking: technology and digital transformation.

Hosted by Asian Private Banker these unique functions takes the form of a morning of intimate, off-the-record, facilitated conversation between industry peers. Participation in the Leaders Conversation will be strictly restricted to Chief Operating Officers (guest CTOs/CDOs from the larger private banks are also invited). No deputies or line reports are able access this collegial morning which is capped at 30 participants to ensure genuine dialogue and sharing.

The discussion topics will be decided by the industry through the input of the Advisory Council. The knowledge and sharing of the morning will be underpinned by live, real-time, anonymous polling and data sharing that will be facilitated by Asian Private Banker.

The COO Leaders Conversation is held annually for:

  • North Asia – June in Hong Kong (includes on and off-shore China-linked private banks)
  • South Asia – November in Singapore (includes ASEAN-based private banks)


Participant Breakdown

Attended in Hong Kong Attended in Singapore



Highlight Participant

  • Smita Choudhary, Bank of Singapore
  • Eddie Wong, China Merchants Bank
  • Ed Bharucha, Credit Suisse
  • Manoj Bhojwani, Credit Suisse
  • Patrick Dreyfuss, DBS Bank
  • Olivier Crespin, DBS Bank
  • Florence Kui, Goldman Sachs
  • Sriram Srinivasan, HSBC
  • Kai Wing Shiu, Julius Baer
  • Markus Weidmann, LGT
  • Bora Armangil, UBP
  • Ketan Samani, UBS Wealth Management
  • Alex Sim, UOB Private Bank

Previous Year Participating Institutions

  • ABN AMRO Private Bank
  • Bank of China (Hong Kong)
  • Bank of China International
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Bank of Singapore
  • BMO Wealth Management
  • BNP Paribas Wealth Management
  • BSI Bank
  • Citi Private Bank
  • Coutts
  • Credit Agricole
  • Credit Suisse
  • DBS
  • Deutsche AWM
  • EFG Bank
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grace Financial
  • Hang Seng Bank
  • HSBC Private Bank
  • J.P. Morgan Private Bank
  • Julius Baer
  • LGT Bank
  • London and Capital
  • Maybank
  • Nomura
  • Pictet & Cie
  • Prive Financial
  • Standard Chartered
  • Taurus Wealth Advisors
  • UBS Wealth Management
  • UOB


Previous Year Agendas

Previous Partners




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