The death of a junior investment banker in Hong Kong comes after a number of recent finance industry deaths. Photo: Tamara VoninskiThe death of a junior investment banker in Hong Kong is expected to raise fresh concerns about the pressures of working in global finance, following a number of recent incidents.
In a statement, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s Asia headquarters said a 33-year-old man with the last name Li jumped to his death from the skyscraper roof of the US investment bank on Tuesday.
“A sad and tragic incident occurred in Chater House, Hong Kong … which is currently being investigated by the police. Out of respect for those involved, we cannot yet comment further,” JPMorgan Chase & Co said in a statement reported by the Financial Post.
Witnesses say police tried to stop Li, a junior investment banker, from jumping from the 30-storey building, to no avail.
The circumstances surrounding his death are not clear at this stage.
Co-workers in neighbouring offices circulated pictures on social media of him standing above the company logo on top of the building in central Hong Kong.
The death of Li comes after a number of recent finance industry deaths.
In January, a 39-year-old JPMorgan vice-president died after falling from the roof of the bank’s European headquarters in London.
Later that month, London police also found William Broeksmit, a 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, dead in his home after an apparent suicide.
And in early February, an investigation was launched in the US into the death of 37-year-old Ryan Crane, a JPMorgan Chase & Co employee.
Crane worked at the New York-based bank as executive director of a unit that trades blocks of stocks for clients. He is understood to have died from unknown causes in his Stamford, Connecticut, home.