Brian Wirtz must have been a fish out of water at Credit Suisse Group AG. The investment banker for the bank’s tech, media and telecom group was more interested in evangelizing cryptocurrencies than he was traditional deals, and most likely that made him the odd man out at a firm as traditional as Credit Suisse.
Wirtz is leaving the Swiss bank where he was employed for nearly five years to start his own venture advising ICO companies with a focus on those issuing security tokens, according to Bloomberg.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Wirtz in his role at Credit Suisse was an “investment banker focused on helping crypto core teams achieve their strategic missions.” Wirtz previously described himself as the head of blockchain advisory at the bank, which should serve him well when advising ICO startups. He further calls himself a “director blockchain, cryptoasset, investment banking,” but the bank couldn’t contain his ambitions.