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Santander's Strategic Expansion Signals Growth and Global Investment Banking Ambitions


Santander boosts investment banking with key hires from Moelis, targeting tech sector growth in U.S. and Europe.

By Bill Bullington

4/4, 10:16 EDT
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Key Takeaway

  • Santander hires senior software bankers Ankush Gupta and Abhinav Gattani from Moelis & Co., signaling a strategic U.S. and global investment banking expansion.
  • The bank aims to bridge markets across Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., focusing on technology, health care, and energy sectors.
  • Following a year of growth and record profits, Santander raises dealmaker bonuses by 10%, showcasing its commitment to attracting top talent.

Santander's Strategic Expansion

Banco Santander SA is making significant strides in its U.S. investment banking expansion, demonstrating a clear vision for growth and a strategic approach to strengthening its global operations. The Spanish banking giant has recently made a notable move by hiring two senior software bankers from Moelis & Co., Ankush Gupta and Abhinav Gattani. This decision underscores Santander's commitment to enhancing its mergers and acquisitions capabilities and further diversifying its service offerings.

Experienced Hires

Gupta, based in San Francisco, and Gattani, from London, bring a wealth of experience to Santander, with 11 and almost 15 years at Moelis & Co., respectively. Their expertise in managing director roles, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions, positions Santander to capitalize on opportunities within the technology sector and beyond. These appointments, though not yet officially announced, signal Santander's proactive approach to leveraging talent that can drive the bank's ambitions forward.

A Bridge Between Markets

Santander's recent recruitment efforts are part of a broader strategy to serve as a bridge between its corporate clients across Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. By prioritizing sectors such as health care, energy, and technology, Santander is not only diversifying its portfolio but also aligning its services with the evolving needs of its global clientele. This strategic positioning is expected to bolster the bank's dealmaking operations and enhance its competitive edge in the international banking landscape.

A Year of Growth

Over the past year, Santander has been actively poaching bankers from Wall Street rivals, a testament to its aggressive expansion strategy and focus on attracting top talent. The bank's efforts have not gone unnoticed, with a series of high-profile hires that include veterans from Truist, Credit Suisse, and more. Furthermore, Santander's decision to raise dealmaker bonuses by 10% following a record profit year reflects its commitment to recognizing and rewarding the contributions of its team.