The Global Borrowers & Investors Forum

Spencer Lake

Group General Manager and Vice Chairman, Global Banking and Markets


Spencer Lake was appointed vice chairman of GBM in February 2016. Before that Spencer was global head of capital financing since August 2013. Capital Financing houses HSBC’s investment banking products including DCM, ECM, M&A, leveraged and acquisition finance, lending, project and export finance, and asset finance. Spencer was previously co-head of global markets with effect from 1 January 2011. Global markets housed the bank’s fixed income, commodities and equity activities across sales, trading, origination and research. Spencer was made a group general manager in 2012. He joined HSBC in 2006 as global head of DCM and acquisition finance and from 2007 to 2010 was also jointly responsible for public sector. Spencer has been a board member of the International Capital Markets Association (ICMA) since 26 May 2011, deputy chairman since May 2013, and chairman since June 2015. Before joining HSBC, Spencer had a 17 year career with Merrill Lynch in New York, Hong Kong and London across a number of areas including real estate finance, investment banking and debt capital markets. During his career at Merrill, Spencer ran Asian debt origination, started and managed European public sector origination, managed European emerging markets asset and liability origination, European financing and risk management, and before his departure, ran liability origination in the Pacific Rim (Japan, Asia-Pacific and Australasia). Before Merrill Lynch, Spencer worked for two years at JP Morgan in real estate investment banking. Spencer holds a BA in international finance and marketing from Suffolk University, Massachussetts and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Tue 23 - Wed 24 Jun 2015

The Hilton Park Lane, London