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As Web IPOs Heat Up, Prominent Internet Analyst Khan Jumps From J.P. Morgan to Banking at Credit Suisse

In yet another sign that the Internet market is getting very interesting to Wall Street, well-known analyst Imran Khan (pictured here) is jumping from his perch as managing director at J.P. Morgan to become a banker at Credit Suisse, according to sources close to the situation.

In this new role, the high-profile Khan–well known for his reports on digital companies–will be running investment banking for Internet markets, including IPOs and M&A.

Khan, who will leave Morgan in several months, is making a big shift from analyst to banker, designed to give Credit Suisse more credibility in the arena as more Web companies come to market.

He also has a strong focus internationally, especially in China, where there has been huge growth of late.

Khan did not return an email and phone call seeking comment, and Credit Suisse has also not responded.

But one industry veteran noted that Khan had the profile and potential–mixing analysis with banking–to be the next investment star, especially as initial public offerings ramp up again.

“In my mind, Imran is certainly as good as Frank Quattrone, said the person, referring to the well-known Silicon Valley banking legend of Web 1.0, who remains active still in dealmaking. “And even stronger in some ways, because of his international and China domain expertise.”

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