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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
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

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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
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
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Despite the growing threat of cybercrime on businesses around the world, most companies in Asia are confident about their resilience against online security breaches. According to a recent report by Marsh and Microsoft on cyber preparedness of organizations, 69% of surveyed companies in the region believe their cyber risk management programme is adequate to protect them from cyberattacks.
1 Jul 2022
Despite big aspirations – and big investment – China has struggled to catch up with the US in an economically and strategically vital industry, and will continue to face significant barriers to progress. But a number of factors – from rising US inflation to fast-growing scientific capabilities – could work in its favour
1 Jul 2022
Digital solution allows firms to easily determine KYC, CLM credentials for clients, supply chains
29 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
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
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
Treasury & Capital Markets
Despite the growing threat of cybercrime on businesses around the world, most companies in Asia are confident about their resilience against online security breaches. According to a recent report by Marsh and Microsoft on cyber preparedness of organizations, 69% of surveyed companies in the region believe their cyber risk management programme is adequate to protect them from cyberattacks.
1 Jul 2022
The Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) on June 30 launched the Sustainable and Responsible Investment-linked (SRI-linked) Sukuk Framework to facilitate fund raising by companies in addressing sustainability concerns such as climate change or social agenda, with features that relate to the issuer’s sustainability performance commitments.
30 Jun 2022
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
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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
Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7), who met in Elmau, Germany, on June 26-28, endorsed the Emerging Market Climate Action (EMCA) strategy as an example of a concrete innovative and market-led approach to mobilize private investments for climate-relevant infrastructure and to enhance multilateral finance and collaboration. Germany pledged to increase its investment in the vehicle.
29 Jun 2022
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
Wealth
Hong Kong-listed asset manager Value Partners Group has appointed June Wong as chief executive officer, effective July 1. She joined the group in October 2021, and served most recently as its president. She was appointed as an executive director of the board on January 24 2022 and is currently a member of the leadership committee and the risk management committee of the group.
30 Jun 2022
Investor interest in Asia’s high-yield bond market has remained strong despite challenges faced by the Chinese economy. Tabula Investment Management says its Asia ex-Japan High Yield Corporate USD Bond ESG UCITS ETF saw about US$75 million in new inflows in May alone. The ETF, which only launched in September last year, now has over US$250 million in assets under management.
30 Jun 2022
BNP Paribas Wealth Management has launched a new digital solution for investments in private assets such as private equity, real estate, and infrastructure. The Private Assets Portal offers clients real-time access to all information regarding their investments in private asset funds to which they subscribed via electronic signature.
30 Jun 2022

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German asset manager DWS has launched a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) that provides exposure to mid- and large-cap US equities aligned with the objective of transforming economies to net zero. Listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Xtrackers Net Zero Pathway Paris Aligned US Equity ETF tracks the Solactive ISS ESG United States Net Zero Pathway Enhanced Index.
30 Jun 2022
Munich Re has appointed Tobias Frenz as chief executive officer of its Singapore branch, effective July 1. He succeeds James Park, who is leaving to pursue a new opportunity outside of the group. Frenz takes on the role of CEO Singapore in addition to his existing responsibility as head of digital solutions, life and health, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
30 Jun 2022
New York-based asset manager VanEck has listed a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) that aims to support sustainable food production and development, on the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse Xetra.
29 Jun 2022
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
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
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
Hong Kong-listed asset manager Value Partners Group has appointed June Wong as chief executive officer, effective July 1. She joined the group in October 2021, and served most recently as its president. She was appointed as an executive director of the board on January 24 2022 and is currently a member of the leadership committee and the risk management committee of the group.
30 Jun 2022

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Munich Re has appointed Tobias Frenz as chief executive officer of its Singapore branch, effective July 1. He succeeds James Park, who is leaving to pursue a new opportunity outside of the group. Frenz takes on the role of CEO Singapore in addition to his existing responsibility as head of digital solutions, life and health, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
30 Jun 2022
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Jen-Thai Ewe has 20 years of experience working with clients across multiple sectors
29 Jun 2022
Terence Lim, Janelle Yeo have strong backgrounds, extensive experience
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
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