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Rabobank appoints food & agri M&A head

The Dutch banking group has hired Donald Meltzer as vice chairman and head of mergers and acquisitions of its North America wholesale banking division, based in New York.

Dutch banking firm Rabobank Group has appointed Donald Meltzer as vice chairman and head of mergers and acquisitions of its North America wholesale banking division, based in New York. The division serves the bank’s food, beverage and agribusiness clientele in North America and Mexico, according to a press release.

Meltzer will sit on the bank’s Global Management Committee of Corporate Finance Advisory as well as its North America Corporate Clients Management Team. Rabobank’s M&A practice advises food and agri companies on public and private transactions, reads the release.

Before joining Rabobank, Meltzer spent 20 years as co-head of global M&A at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York and London. He has also worked as CSFB’s head of European M&A and led various sector teams.

“We are very pleased to appoint Don to head our M&A practice. Don’s experience will help strengthen Rabobank’s position as the go-to bank for expert advisory, innovative thinking and value-adding solutions in the food and agri space,” said Rajiv Singh, chief executive of Rabobank’s North America Wholesale division, in a statement.

Rabobank has around €92.3 billion ($100 billion) outstanding in loans to businesses in agriculture and the food chain, according to its website.