Nomura Greentech is pleased to announce two Managing Director hires, Richard Hawwa and Alex Bleck, who together will lead the Mobility and Automotive Technology Investment Banking practice.
Richard Hawwa has joined as a Managing Director to lead the Mobility and Automotive Technology practice in the Americas, based in San Francisco. Alex Bleck will join as a Managing Director based in Frankfurt to lead the Mobility and Automotive Technology practice in EMEA and as Head of Banking in Germany to further build out Nomura Greentech Industrials and Infrastructure coverage.
Richard brings 18 years of investment banking and operational experience, having advised on M&A and capital markets transactions with an aggregate value of more than $125 billion. Richard most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer at Embark Trucks, a NASDAQ-listed developer of self-driving software. He was instrumental in helping Embark go public. Prior to joining Embark in 2021, Richard served as a Managing Director at Citigroup, responsible for coverage of companies in the global mobility and automotive sector, advising and executing on strategic M&A and capital markets transactions.
Alex was previously a Managing Director and Head of EMEA Industrials Mergers & Acquisitions at Deutsche Bank. In his 15 years in investment banking, he has spent a significant amount of time covering the Mobility, EV Charging, Automotive Technology and broader Industrials sectors and advised numerous financial sponsors and blue chip corporate clients. Alex has deep strategic M&A and corporate finance advisory expertise, including public takeovers, joint ventures, spin-offs, IPOs and deSPACs.
Duncan Williams, Global Co-Head of Nomura Greentech said, “Mobility and Automotive Technology is in an exciting growth phase and is a key priority for Nomura Greentech. Richard and Alex are well-respected bankers with deep experience advising both emerging growth and established companies and we are excited to welcome them to the firm.”
Alex Stein, Co-Head of Nomura Greentech, EMEA added, “We are thrilled to welcome Alex and Richard to Nomura Greentech. They will help drive continued growth in this critical sector for the firm as large incumbents and startups navigate the significant opportunities presented by the net zero transition.”
Nomura Greentech recently marked three years since it was acquired by Nomura and has accelerated its growth over that short period. The firm now has 25 Managing Directors and over 150 bankers leading a global effort to decarbonize our core infrastructure systems and create a more sustainable planet.
Richard Hawwa said, “I am excited to join the leading investment banking franchise focused on sustainability, particularly in a rapidly changing market environment where companies in Mobility and Automotive Technology are seeking advice and support from advisors with real transactional and operational experience. I look forward to partnering with Alex Bleck and the team.”
Alex Bleck said, “Nomura Greentech’s focus on disruption of industries and business models is an excellent match for the transformational challenges in Mobility and Automotive Technology as well as the broader Industrials sector. I am very excited to help deliver that deep expertise to our clients in Germany and EMEA.”
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