Schroders, the secretive British investment bank, has scored a coup by taking on Jim Walker, one of Asia's most highly respected bankers to work on its Asian equity capital markets business. Mr Walker, who was one of the founding fathers of Crosby Securities, which was last year taken over by Societe Generale, was also seen as being largely responsible for developing Credit Lyonnais enviable Asian business as its chief executive during the 1980s. Schroders lured Mr Walker back to investment banking after he had returned to his native Australia in 1993. He will be based in Singapore, replacing Hugh Gootenhuis who will return to London's equity capital markets desk. Mr Walker will report to Stefan Kosciuszko, head of Asian equity capital markets based in Hong Kong.