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From Russia’s war on Ukraine to the Sino-American rivalry, the world order is increasingly contested, and when value chains are global, a single disruption can reverberate across the planet. But retreating from interconnectedness is both unworkable and unnecessary
25 Nov 2022
Southeast Asian parliaments have resolved to promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches for both the public and private sectors while urging their governments to develop ESG performance indicators. Members of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) adopted an ESG resolution on Wednesday, the fourth day of a five-day meeting in Phnom Penh – the first face-to-face gathering of Asean lawmakers since 2019.
24 Nov 2022
By putting climate action at the heart of their efforts to rebuild consensus and reinvigorate multilateralism, Asian countries can prop open the world’s window of opportunity to prevent climate disaster. They would also catalyze their own ability to benefit from the massive economic opportunities created by the green transition
15 Nov 2022
A spotlight has been cast on the world’s wealthiest at the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where there have been renewed calls for their investments to be regulated. A wealth tax on the world’s super-rich could raise as much as US$1.4 trillion a year, an amount that could deployed towards supporting countries worst hit by the climate crisis, enabling them to adapt, address losses and damages, and transition to renewable energy.
11 Nov 2022
Pension, superannuation funds acting on climate solutions, stewardship, fossil fuels
10 Nov 2022
Governments huge tailwind driving impact investing conversation, together with banks
9 Nov 2022
Despite complicated market environment, ESG key feature of marketing and sales efforts
9 Nov 2022
Firms aim for effective, digital way to improve visibility of third-party assurances, underlying assets
4 Nov 2022
4 Nov 2022
The Asset Talk
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TechTalk
Immediately after taking over Twitter and pronouncing himself “chief twit”, Elon Musk affirmed his commitment to safeguarding the platform as the “public square” where anything and everything is debated. It was a smart tactic, because it successfully diverted the public’s attention from what Musk is really up to
27 Nov 2022
OTB Ventures, an Amsterdam-based venture capital firm investing in early-growth technology businesses, has launched OTB Fund II. The European Investment Fund (EIF) has committed €45 million to the new fund, which seeks to raise €150 million.
24 Nov 2022
Firm’s US and UK expertise key to providing services in line with city-state’s code of conduct
24 Nov 2022
Amid the current woes of the cryptocurrency market, Hong Kong regulators licensed another fintech firm to operate a virtual assets trading platform (VATP) in the territory. Hash Blockchain Limited, a member of HashKey Group, secured a licence from Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) to operate a VATP on November 9, just as the Bahamas-based crypto exchange FTX started to unravel and collapse days later, leaving investors with billions of dollars in losses.
23 Nov 2022
Munich Re has established a research and development centre in Shanghai to foster nnovative initiatives by facilitating networks with technology providers and industry leaders.
23 Nov 2022
Quantifeed, a Hong Kong-headquartered provider of digital wealth management solutions, has acquired Alpima, a portfolio construction, visualization and analytics fintech firm based in London.
22 Nov 2022
Support allows broader base of financial institutions to participate in network’s growth
22 Nov 2022
Semiconductors are certainly essential to a modern economy, and it makes sense to diversify sources. But it is doubtful that large subsidies and government management will keep US chip makers on top, much less that the new law should be used as a model for similar support to other industries
22 Nov 2022
Blockchain suffered a series of setbacks as the collapse of FTX and ASX’s move to suspend its post-trade project based on the technology bring out the blues
18 Nov 2022
Global Disruptive Innovation Fund aims to tame and profit from data overload
17 Nov 2022
Standard Chartered has focused on the concept of data co-creation or more effective sharing of information between parties across the value chain to speed up post-trade processing.
15 Nov 2022
Treasury & Capital Markets
Citi Philippines has extended a US$20 million loan to ASA Philippines Foundation to provide financial assistance to low-income women for entrepreneurial ventures in the country. Nearly 70,000 women micro-entrepreneurs are expected to benefit from the programme.
25 Nov 2022
DHL Supply Chain has appointed Mihaela Isac as chief information officer for Asia-Pacific.
25 Nov 2022
Southeast Asian parliaments have resolved to promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches for both the public and private sectors while urging their governments to develop ESG performance indicators. Members of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) adopted an ESG resolution on Wednesday, the fourth day of a five-day meeting in Phnom Penh – the first face-to-face gathering of Asean lawmakers since 2019.
24 Nov 2022
Barings has expanded its real estate debt activities to Asia-Pacific with three new loans in Australia and New Zealand amounting to over A$320.4 million (US$212 million).
24 Nov 2022
White & Case has promoted 26 lawyers to local partner and 14 lawyers to counsel. In addition to the internal promotions, the law firm has hired 11 local partners and 13 counsels this year.
24 Nov 2022
Link Asset Management Limited (Link), the manager of Link Real Estate Investment Trust (Link REIT), has priced its five-year convertible bonds, raising HK$3.3 billion (US$422 million).
23 Nov 2022
Support allows broader base of financial institutions to participate in network’s growth
22 Nov 2022
The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) has launched a service enabling sellside firms to assist their buyside clients with regulatory reporting obligations around the world.
22 Nov 2022
Despite intensifying currency fluctuations in the current interest rate environment, treasury management professionals actively engaged with China are keeping their faith in the renminbi. That’s according to research by Asset Benchmark Research (ABR) which finds that 75% of respondents based or doing business in mainland China are unlikely to change their policy towards the Chinese currency when it comes to trade settlement.
22 Nov 2022
Wealth
DWS Group has announced that Stefan Kreuzkamp is stepping down as head of the investment division at the end of this year.
25 Nov 2022
Despite the downturn in China’s property market, GLP has raised 5.4 billion yuan (US$743 million) for a fund focusing on the country’s logistics sector. The GLP China Income Fund VII (GLP CIF VII) is the second in its onshore income fund series to close this quarter. It is seeded with 13 modern logistics assets from the firm’s balance sheet, which are located across logistics hubs such as Shanghai, Qingdao, Wuhan and Changsha.
25 Nov 2022
HSBC Global Private Banking (GPB) has launched a digital platform for discretionary portfolio management, saying that it is the first in Asia to offer the service on a mobile app. The new feature enables private banking clients to subscribe and reallocate their discretionary portfolio via the HSBC GPB’s mobile app, giving them 24/7 access to portfolio holdings and manager updates.
24 Nov 2022
City’s unique advantages, high concentration of foreign asset managers help stake claim
23 Nov 2022
China’s recent moves to relax some regulations pertaining to its mutual funds industry will benefit market players, promote cross-border connectivity with more markets, and open up more areas of the country’s financial markets to foreign investors, according to a new report.
23 Nov 2022
SC Capital Partners secured commitments for the new mandate from ADIA, which can be scaled up to US$2 billion of equity. The programme targets data centre investments across the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Australia. In addition, ADIA is investing into SC Capital Partners’ pan-Asian opportunistic investment strategy.
23 Nov 2022
Quantifeed, a Hong Kong-headquartered provider of digital wealth management solutions, has acquired Alpima, a portfolio construction, visualization and analytics fintech firm based in London.
22 Nov 2022
Esther Wong has extensive experience focused on UHNW, family office clients
22 Nov 2022
Hong Kong-listed ESR Group, through its wholly owned subsidiary ARA Asset Management, has entered into a partnership with Export–Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) for the closing of a US$1 billion infrastructure fund – the China-Asean Investment Cooperation Fund II (CAF II). The fund will invest in Asean countries across various infrastructure, energy resources including renewables, and ICT (information and communications) sectors, with a strong focus on sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards.
21 Nov 2022
Asia Connect
Saudi Aramco will invest US$7 billion in its South Korean affiliate S-Oil for the construction of a refinery-steam cracker plant that will convert crude oil into high-value petrochemical products.
23 Nov 2022
The US division of oil trading giant Gunvor has closed a US$1.45 billion uncommitted syndicated borrowing base facility with a group of 16 international banks.
23 Nov 2022
China’s Sinopec and Sonatrach of Algeria have signed a memorandum of understanding on expanding their existing collaboration.
23 Nov 2022
Acwa Power has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE) to explore a joint investment in 1.1-gigawatt wind energy project in the Gulf of Suez in Egypt.
23 Nov 2022
Trumbull Energy Center’s gas-fired power plant in Ohio, whose sponsors include Korea Southern Power (Kospo), has reached financial close, and construction will begin in weeks.
16 Nov 2022
The first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Area 4 Coral gas field offshore Mozambique recently departed from the Coral Sul floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility.
16 Nov 2022
Senior lenders to Polish pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals operator Gaz-System have agreed to amend intercreditor arrangements and existing finance documentation in connection with a new 1 billion zloty (US$220 million) subordinated loan made available to it by the Polish Development Fund.
16 Nov 2022
Seaspan Corporation has returned to the Japanese Operating Lease with Call Option (Jolco) market with a US$1.17 billion financing for fifteen 7,000 TEU dual-fuel newbuild container vessels, backed by China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure).
16 Nov 2022
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a US$40 million financing package with GreenCell Express Private Limited (GEPL) to develop 255 electric buses (e-buses) for the Indian market.
9 Nov 2022
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and GAIL (India) Limited have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore collaboration opportunities in liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply and decarbonization, including short- and long-term LNG sales agreements.
9 Nov 2022
Natixis Corporate and Investment Banking has approved a US$95.5 billion facility to finance three concessions fully owned by VGMobility for the supply of clean transportation and clean charging solutions within the TransMilenio transit system in Bogota, Colombia.
9 Nov 2022
On The Move
DWS Group has announced that Stefan Kreuzkamp is stepping down as head of the investment division at the end of this year.
25 Nov 2022
DHL Supply Chain has appointed Mihaela Isac as chief information officer for Asia-Pacific.
25 Nov 2022
White & Case has promoted 26 lawyers to local partner and 14 lawyers to counsel. In addition to the internal promotions, the law firm has hired 11 local partners and 13 counsels this year.
24 Nov 2022
Jackie Choy has extensive research experience in passive investment strategies
22 Nov 2022
Esther Wong has extensive experience focused on UHNW, family office clients
22 Nov 2022
Rupa Balsekar, Shreeram Sethuraman bring extensive client experience and product expertise to franchise
22 Nov 2022
DWS has appointed George Anastasiou as head of real estate, Australia. Based in Sydney, Anastasiou has overall responsibility for the direct real estate business in the country. He reports to Christopher Kimm, head of real estate, Asia-Pacific.
21 Nov 2022
Young Ju Hong, Jessica Choong extensively experienced in working with asset owners
17 Nov 2022
Noel Gerald DCruz veteran OCBC banker takes on expanded role
17 Nov 2022
Allianz Trade has appointed Domenico Lup as chief executive officer in the Asean region, with effect from December 1.
15 Nov 2022
BNY Mellon Investment Management has appointed Sharon Ko as head of intermediary business, Hong Kong retail distribution.
15 Nov 2022