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Hanoi leader target climate-change finance of women-owned and -led businesses, SMEs
22 Jun 2022
Although US President Joe Biden has now identified inflation as his top economic-policy priority, his administration’s efforts to ameliorate the problem have been ineffective and even counterproductive. As if that weren’t bad enough, most of its recent actions run counter to its professed environmental and climate goals
22 Jun 2022
Renewable energy was a key issue that led to a change of government in the recent Australian election. And the groundswell of public opinion in support of climate action is sweeping other parts of Asia-Pacific as well, according to Ben Arnott, head of energy finance and advisory, Southeast Asia, at Société Générale.
20 Jun 2022
Focus on tech- and nature-based solutions, carbon ecosystem enablers
17 Jun 2022
Carbon credit exchange Climate Impact X (CIX) is collaborating with Respira International, a carbon finance business, to hold a major auction of nature-based carbon credits. The auction will offer access to 600,000 tonnes of voluntary carbon credits from three key projects in Respira’s portfolio via an interactive and transparent bidding process supporting competitive price discovery.
15 Jun 2022

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Untapped market holds significant potential to meet nation’s growing power needs
14 Jun 2022
Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah Nasional has launched a sustainability framework and announced a series of medium-term targets to deliver sustainable value for itself and its investee companies by integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their core business.
13 Jun 2022
Game-changing ban on fossil fuel financing, phase-out of coal from power grids, electricity sector
10 Jun 2022
Scope 4 measurement serves as positive reinforcement, fostering innovation in low-emission products and encouraging big emitters to scale up their transition efforts. It is different from the punitive nature of Scope 1 to 3 measurements where at-risk entities are red-flagged for their high emissions.
10 Jun 2022
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While neobanks are sprouting up across North and Southeast Asia, one of Australia’s online-only banking pioneers is set to return its banking licence. Citing a failure to raise funding from investors, Volt says it is closing its deposit-taking business and will return the funds to account holders as soon as possible.
29 Jun 2022
BetterData part of pair’s incubator programme for early-stage fintechs
28 Jun 2022
Even as China’s slowing economy and tightened Covid-19 restrictions continued to dampen consumer sentiment, e-commerce platforms and consumers came out in full force for this year’s June 18th Shopping Festival, the country’s largest mid-year online shopping event.The B2C affair saw total turnover of 695.9 billion yuan (US$103.7 billion), up 13.5% from last year, according to market data.
24 Jun 2022
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Singapore has granted in-priciple approvals to three more fintech companies to offer digital payment token (DPT) services in the country, highlighting its resolve to become an international financial technology hub amid a crash in the prices of bitcoin and other crypto assets.
23 Jun 2022
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has announced the first use case of NovA!, an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to assist financial institutions (FIs) in evaluating the sustainability performance of the country’s real estate sector.
22 Jun 2022
Paperless solution allows SMEs to access same-day financing by leveraging alternative data
21 Jun 2022
Indonesia, Philippines have highest numbers of outbound remittances from Malaysia, Singapore
21 Jun 2022
Downloads of fintech apps from both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store surpassed 6.1 billion in 2021, up 25.2% from the previous year, with majority of the downloads from Asia.
17 Jun 2022
Focus on tech- and nature-based solutions, carbon ecosystem enablers
17 Jun 2022
As the world continues to recover from the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, companies are exploring new tools to better engage with consumers. One area that is gathering much attention is the metaverse, which enables users to interact in a virtual world by using VR headsets. Meta (formerly Facebook), for example, has seen its virtual world platform Horizon Worlds grow its monthly user base 10-fold since its launch in December 2021.
17 Jun 2022
Treasury & Capital Markets
While neobanks are sprouting up across North and Southeast Asia, one of Australia’s online-only banking pioneers is set to return its banking licence. Citing a failure to raise funding from investors, Volt says it is closing its deposit-taking business and will return the funds to account holders as soon as possible.
29 Jun 2022
Allianz Asia Pacific (Allianz) and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC) have announced a 15-year extension of their exclusive bancassurance distribution agreement in key markets across the region.
29 Jun 2022
Citi has appointed managing director Rob Jahrling as sole head of equity capital markets (ECM) for Australia and New Zealand. Jahrling has been co-head of ECM since 2021.
29 Jun 2022
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As the world economy struggles to cope with inflation on top of the ongoing pandemic, emerging bond markets in Asia are showing the strain. Against these complex headwinds, investors are attempting to steer a steady course with input from the researchers, salespeople and traders of their counterparties. Here we present the top sellside individuals in the Asian currency bond markets, particularly in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Pan Asia
28 Jun 2022
Growth in emerging East Asia’s local currency (LCY) bond market slowed to 3.1% in the first three months of the year to US$23.5 trillion at the end of March, from 3.6% from the previous three months, amid weakened financial conditions and global economic headwinds. According to the latest issue of Asia Bond Monitor published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on June 27, issuance in the first quarter of 2022 fell 6.5% from the previous quarter to US$2.2 trillion also on the back of heightened downside risks to economic outlook and on fiscal consolidation in some regional economies.
28 Jun 2022
Houlihan Lokey, Inc., a global investment bank based in Los Angeles, California, has appointed Zili Shao as senior adviser as the firm looks to further develop its financial restructuring business in Greater China.
24 Jun 2022
Even as China’s slowing economy and tightened Covid-19 restrictions continued to dampen consumer sentiment, e-commerce platforms and consumers came out in full force for this year’s June 18th Shopping Festival, the country’s largest mid-year online shopping event.The B2C affair saw total turnover of 695.9 billion yuan (US$103.7 billion), up 13.5% from last year, according to market data.
24 Jun 2022
Citi has appointed Tim Monger as head of its North & East Asia (NEA) cluster and Amol Gupte as head of the South Asia & Asean (SAA) cluster, effective immediately.
23 Jun 2022
Singapore has granted in-priciple approvals to three more fintech companies to offer digital payment token (DPT) services in the country, highlighting its resolve to become an international financial technology hub amid a crash in the prices of bitcoin and other crypto assets.
23 Jun 2022
Shui On Centre Co Ltd has raised HK$5.75 billion (US$732. 45 million) in its first asset-backed syndicated sustainability-linked loan.
22 Jun 2022
Wealth
The key to investing for the rest of 2022 and beyond is to build portfolios that can withstand various scenarios in a low-growth environment.
29 Jun 2022
Global investment firm Carlyle will acquire a minority stake in Varmora Granito, a fast-growing tile and bathware brand in India.
28 Jun 2022

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With environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors becoming pivotal for business growth, the next generation of family business leaders need to take a lead in building an ESG strategy and reimagining their family business’ success, according to a new study. NextGens should prepare themselves to be the future leaders who will fortify and develop the family legacy and support responsible business growth, PwC’s NextGen Survey 2022 – Asia-Pacific and Asean says.
27 Jun 2022
Private market exchange ADDX is teaming up with China Construction Bank (CCB) for the custody and distribution of a US$200 million quota allocation under the Qualified Domestic Limited Partnership (QDLP) scheme.
23 Jun 2022
New hires Thomas Roland-Guyot, William Shi, Nikki Yeung all industry veterans
23 Jun 2022
Asia Connect
A unit of Samsung Electronics has received approval to invest another US$841 million in Vietnam, raising its capital in the country to US$2.84 billion. Samsung Electronics HCMC CE Complex (SEHC) in Ho Chi Minh City’s Saigon Hi-Tech Park is the Korean giant's second-largest manufacturing site worldwide for TV screens and home electronics, after the largest in Mexico. All in all, Samsung has channelled more than US$20 billion into Vietnam, 28 times higher than its initial commitment.
29 Jun 2022

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Macquarie’s Corio Generation is partnering with Vietnamese construction company Fecon to develop and operate a 500-megawatt offshore wind farm in Ba Ria, Vung Tau province in southern Vietnam.
29 Jun 2022
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British oil and gas major BP and Malaysia’s Petronas have signed production sharing contracts (PSCs) for three oil and gas exploration blocks in Indonesia.
29 Jun 2022
Saudi developer ACWA Power has signed an agreement to develop a 1.1 gigawatt wind project in Egypt, which will be one of the world’s largest onshore wind projects.
29 Jun 2022
With most of the world reeling from energy shortages and high energy prices, hydrogen is gaining wider acceptance as a clean and reliable energy source that could play a crucial role in the transition to net zero.
27 Jun 2022
A new study has identified 54 markets globally, including eight in Asia-Pacific, that show huge potential for floating offshore wind (FOW) development. According to the report, Floating Offshore Wind International Market Opportunities, prepared for the Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence (FOW CoE) in collaboration with Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC), FOW can play a significant role in helping countries achieve their net-zero targets, with emerging players such as China and India potentially sharing in the 250 gigawatts of projected generation capacity by 2050.
22 Jun 2022
ConocoPhillips and Eni are the two latest international oil and gas companies to sign deals with QatarEnergy for its North Field East LNG expansion project. The US$30 billion project has already signed up TotalEnergies as a partner.
22 Jun 2022
The OPEC Fund for International Development is providing a US$72 million loan in support of a major hydropower project in Pakistan.
22 Jun 2022
China Three Gorges Spain (CTGS) will acquire 619 megawatts of solar photovoltaic assets across the regions including Andalucia, Castilla-La Mancha, Comunidad Valenciana and Extremadura.
22 Jun 2022
London-based sustainable infrastructure investor Actis has agreed to acquire a portfolio of six in-operation toll road projects in India. Welspun Enterprises Limited (WEL) is disposing of the assets for an aggregate enterprise value of US$775 million.
22 Jun 2022
On The Move
Citi has appointed managing director Rob Jahrling as sole head of equity capital markets (ECM) for Australia and New Zealand. Jahrling has been co-head of ECM since 2021.
29 Jun 2022

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Jen-Thai Ewe has 20 years of experience working with clients across multiple sectors
29 Jun 2022
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Houlihan Lokey, Inc., a global investment bank based in Los Angeles, California, has appointed Zili Shao as senior adviser as the firm looks to further develop its financial restructuring business in Greater China.
24 Jun 2022
New hires Thomas Roland-Guyot, William Shi, Nikki Yeung all industry veterans
23 Jun 2022
Citi has appointed Tim Monger as head of its North & East Asia (NEA) cluster and Amol Gupte as head of the South Asia & Asean (SAA) cluster, effective immediately.
23 Jun 2022
Daleep Singh is a former deputy US national security adviser, treasury official, Goldman Sachs employee
22 Jun 2022
Felicity Chan and Adrian Lee have extensive capital markets experience in region
20 Jun 2022
Fullerton Fund Management has appointed Angus Hui as head of fixed income, effective June 20. He will report to chief investment officer Ken Goh.
17 Jun 2022
ING Bank has appointed Anand Sachdev as country manager of Singapore, effective June 21. He will report to Anju Abrol, head of wholesale banking for Asia-Pacific. Sachdev succeeds Erwin Maspolim, who will take on the responsibility of covering Indonesia and Vietnam as head of Southeast Asia – representative offices
16 Jun 2022
Matthew Harrison, Tariq Ahmad have extensive investment management experience
15 Jun 2022