Sionic admits Charles Bokman and Manoj Rane to partnership

12 August 2019 4 min. read

Sionic has expanded its partner team in Asia with two senior financial services industry experts: Charles Bokman and Manoj Rane.

On the back of the recent merger between UK financial services specialist Catalyst Development and US-based consultancy Sionic Advisors, the rebranded Sionic has added a number of partners across the globe, including Charles Bokman and Manoj Rane in Asia. Bokman joins as a Partner in the firm’s Wealth Management & Private Banking Practice based out of Singapore, while Rane will head up the firm’s India team as a Partner in its Group Risk & Capital Practice.

Charles Bokman

After a brief stint heading up Synechron in the Asia Pacific until the end of last year, former Accenture managing director and PwC and Capco partner Charles Bokman has been recruited into the ranks of Sionic as a Partner in the firm’s Wealth Management & Private Banking Practice based out of Singapore – the firm’s primary outlet in Asia (alongside its Mumbai office) together with a longstanding presence in Tokyo and a new outlet planned for Hong Kong.

Joining Coopers & Lybrand in 1992 following a MBA with Carnegie Mellon University, Bokman later spent five years as a director at PwC in Switzerland before in 2002 crossing to IBM. Six years later, he rejoined PwC, made a partner in 2011, before again departing to establish financial services management consultancy Capco’s office in Singapore. Later he spent a year at Accenture as its Head of Management Consulting for ASEAN, then joining Synechron.Charles Bokman and Manoj Rane - Partner at Sionic

Manoj Rane

Meanwhile in India, former Head of Global Markets in India for BNP Paribas, Manoj Rane, has been made a partner in Sionic’s Group Risk & Capital Practice, based out of Mumbai, responsible for heading up the firm’s India team. Prior to his fifteen years with BNP, Rane held senior roles with Standard Chartered, Bank of America and IndusInd Bank, altogether amassing three decades of local experience covering foreign exchange, rates, bonds and derivatives.

Bokman and Rane join capital markets expert Robert Cranmer in Toronto, along with Paddy Lewis in the UK and Philip Biber in Switzerland among Sionic’s new partnership additions – in what the firm describes as five internationally-known ‘five-star talent’ recruits to help accelerate its global growth. These latest hires come just a month and a half after the firm rebranded as Sionic following the merger of Catalyst Development with Sionic Advisors in June.

“This is a dynamic time for Sionic, with a stellar set of senior hires and further geographic expansion fuelled by growing global demand for our services,” said CEO Craig Sher, who was appointed to the role following the merger. “We only hire the best in the business, and I am delighted to welcome Philip, Chuck, Manoj, Paddy and Robert as five of financial services’ finest. I also look forward to announcing more new arrivals and new bases in the US, Europe and Asia shortly.”

A specialist in business and people performance for the financial services industry with expertise in financial crime, compliance and cyber security, risk, and regulatory consulting among other areas, Sionic altogether has a team of 300 professionals worldwide, serving clients such as corporate, investment and private banks, insurers, clearing houses and exchanges, and asset, wealth and private equity mangers from its nine worldwide locations in Asia, Europe and North America.