JPMorgan ramps up hiring to support start-ups after SVB crisis

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  • JPMorgan is hiring globally to support startups and venture capital firms after the SVB crisis.
  • It has recruited dozens of bankers, including former SVB executives, across the UK, Israel, and the US.
  • The bank seeks to fill the gap left by SVB’s collapse, offering diverse financial services to these firms.

JPMorgan is ramping up its commitment to supporting startup enterprises in the wake of the recent Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) crisis.

Capitalizing on the void left by the collapsed SVB, JPMorgan has undertaken a significant recruitment drive globally, specifically targeting talent with experience in catering to startups and venture capital-backed entities.

A strategic maneuver

The leading US bank is amassing an armada of experts in the field, with around 20 newly-appointed bankers in the UK, 10 in Israel, and the recent acquisition of former SVB executive John China.

This surge in personnel forms part of a strategic effort to solidify JPMorgan’s standing within the innovation economy landscape in the US, with future plans hinting at further expansion across Asian offices.

JPMorgan’s CEO of Commercial Banking, Doug Petno, shared his confidence in the bank’s strategy and vision to emerge as a frontrunner in the sector, stating, “We are open for business and we believe we can be the end-game winner.”

Prominent among the new recruits are former SVB executives Rosh Wijayarathna and Folake Shasanya, who will respectively serve as Managing Director and Innovation Economy Lead for the UK and Ireland, and Managing Director leading venture capital coordination in the region.

Until its downfall in March, SVB was the preferred financial institution for startups and venture capitalists, offering a broad range of services including accounts and loans.

Its failure prompted a significant uptick in JPMorgan’s acquisition of new startup and VC clients, so much so that Petno noted, “Our onboarding team is kind of maxed out.”

JPMorgan’s expanding global footprint

In the wake of the crisis, several former SVB UK clients sought to diversify their risk by considering new accounts. However, the inability to find suitable alternatives and the rejection of applications by other banks due to risk-averse stances toward venture capital-backed companies highlighted a critical gap in the market.

Recognizing this opportunity, JPMorgan moved quickly to assert itself in the sector. Despite having expanded its commercial bank globally since 2019, the bank only formalized a structure for its innovation economy unit for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa this year.

The customer base has seen a considerable increase following SVB’s downfall. Petno emphasized the bank’s desire to foster long-term relationships with these startups by providing core financial services, stating, “This is about being relevant to the world’s best companies earlier in their life cycle.”

JPMorgan’s innovation economy teams operate in around 25 countries outside the US, with nearly 175 client-facing employees, including 17 countries in the EMEA region. The unit reported about $847 million in international revenue last year.

Despite the ongoing geopolitical tension between China and the US, JPMorgan remains unwavering in its commitment to servicing startups in China. CEO Jamie Dimon visited the Asian nation a few months back, marking his presence at a JPMorgan conference in Shanghai.

The bank is planning to recruit an additional banker for the innovation economy team in Shanghai in the coming months, underlining its dedication to this strategic expansion.

This aggressive hiring spree is a testament to JPMorgan’s vision of cementing its position as the go-to financial institution for startups and venture capital-backed companies.

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