Mohammad Kamal Syed

Interim CEO, Coutts and Wealth Businesses


Mohammad's career spans over 35 years in many senior leadership positions across investment banking, wealth management and fund management, covering UHNW and corporate and Institutional relationships. Mo joined Coutts in 2012 as Head of Asset Management and has a breadth of international experience spanning investment banking, fund management and UHNW client management.

Prior to Coutts, Mo was CEO at MaxCap Partners (UK Multi-Family Office) and founder of Axiom Funds Group. He began his career in Investment Banking in London. Mo specialised in Fixed Income and Derivatives sales and trading at the Bank of Tokyo in London in 1986 and moved to Japan in 1990, where he was responsible for building the South East Asia capital markets and derivatives business.

Mo subsequently joined Barclays (1992), where he held senior positions in Investment banking and his responsibilities included Deputy Head of the Global Derivatives and capital Markets, Head of Asia- Pacific and was a member of several of the bank’s senior Executive Management Committees.

Subsequently, he was Global Head of Investment Banking at Sanwa International PLC and Sanwa Financial Products (now Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Group), where he was also Chairman of the Global Executive Committee and member of the Executive Board.

Mohammad Kamal Syed was appointed Interim CEO of Coutts and Wealth Businesses in July 2023.