Robert Cormie has had a distinguished career in Asian Wealth Management. Robert has held the positions of Managing Director and Head of the Asia-Pacific Region for BMO Private Bank and Managing Director and Head of the Asia-Pacific Region CIBC World Markets wholesale banking and Vice-President Retail Distribution for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in Asia. He was also Chief Executive of CIBC’s Hong Kong Branch and Bank of Montreal’s Hong Kong branch.
Robert began his career in law in 1991, working for a Toronto-based law firm where he practised corporate and commercial law. He joined CIBC in Hong Kong in 1996 where he worked in various roles related to CIBC’s Private Wealth and Asset Management businesses in the Asia region. During Robert’s tenure, Euromoney ranked CIBC as one of the top 10 Private Banks in Asia for three years in a row.
In 2010, in addition to his role as Vice President, Asia Retail Distribution and Managing Director, Asia Private Wealth Management, Robert was made CIBC Managing Director and Head of the Asia Pacific Region expanded his role to encompass wholesale banking. In 2013, Robert spearheaded the marketing and sale of CIBC’s Private Banking business in Asia to Bank of Montreal. He moved to BMO where he continued to oversee Private Banking and was Chief Executive of BMO’s Hong Kong branch until his retirement in May 2015.
Robert Cormie earned a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada. He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Wales, and as a past barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada.
Robert is a member of Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, the Hong Kong Taxation Institute and Hong Kong Private Wealth Management Association.
Robert has written and been quoted in many articles and has presented at numerous conferences in regards to Wealth Management in Asia. He has also acted as an expert witness on banking matters.
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