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Taiwan’s alignment with international sustainability norms make it attractive debt capital raising venue
14 Jan 2022
Initiative aims to provide investors with pricing benchmark, risk management tool
14 Jan 2022
Malaysian investors able to access US$35.3 trillion global sustainable asset market
13 Jan 2022
While ESG investing has yet to become mainstream in China, the country’s green initiatives, especially its pledge to reach carbon emissions peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, have helped the concept to gain traction. Excluding money market funds, total ESG mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) saw AUM more than triple in 2020 to reach US$28.5 billion, while net inflows reached US$10.5 billion.
12 Jan 2022
Asia-Pacific insurance gap high compared with rest of world, greater insurance density a plus
12 Jan 2022
Climate pledge gains ground as asset managers, owners commit assets to action
10 Jan 2022
Green fintechs are becoming key players in ESG investing, buoyed by digital technology, decentralization, thematic investing, and investor demand.
10 Jan 2022
The winners of The Asset Triple A Country Awards 2021 for North Asia.
7 Jan 2022
While the conventional wisdom is that the next financial crash will come from the collapse of the cryptocurrency bubble, climate finance may pose a more serious risk. Mounting evidence suggests that green lending is displaying all the pathologies associated with financial manias
7 Jan 2022
Assets under management in ESG ETFs domiciled in Asia-Pacific soared by 167.7% in 2019 and 108.5% in 2020. By the end of June 2021, AUM grew further, by 33.2%. Australia, China, and Taiwan together accounted for 86.8% of total ESG ETF assets in the region in 2020.
4 Jan 2022
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China’s central bank has issued a development plan for the fintech sector for 2022 to 2025, providing guidance, targets, key tasks, and support for the financial industry’s digital transformation.
14 Jan 2022
Industry, public stakeholders views invited on its ‘risk-based, pragmatic, agile regulatory regime’
13 Jan 2022
Digital finance took centre stage at Hong Kong’s annual Asian Financial Forum as speakers discussed how economies and companies are using technology to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances around the Covid-19 pandemic.
12 Jan 2022
The Asset speaks with Andrew Shirley, the editor of Frank Knight's The Wealth Report, on the 2022 outlook for passion investments such as classic cars, art and wine, and the market for digital art.
10 Jan 2022

Green fintechs are becoming key players in ESG investing, buoyed by digital technology, decentralization, thematic investing, and investor demand.
10 Jan 2022
E-commerce aggregator Rainforest aims to acquire more brands in Asia after raised US$20 million in its latest funding round.
7 Jan 2022
Presenting three scenarios on how various digital assets will develop in the coming years.
7 Jan 2022
India’s largest commercial bank State Bank of India has invested US$20 million in Pine Labs, a merchant commerce platform that is planning to launch an initial public offering in the United States this year.
6 Jan 2022
Chinese 3D printer, ranked No 1 in world by shipment, built a closed-loop software system
6 Jan 2022
As maritime industry undergoes rapid digitalization, ransomware attacks continue to escalate
6 Jan 2022
Singapore-based digital financial services solutions provider SDAX Financial has raised US$24 million in its ongoing Series B funding round, the company announced.
3 Jan 2022
Treasury & Capital Markets
Citi China has established clearing and settlement services for the new Beijing Stock Exchange to support trading under the qualified foreign institutional investor (QFII) programme.
14 Jan 2022
Singapore's United Overseas Bank (UOB) has agreed to acquire Citigroup’s consumer banking businesses in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
14 Jan 2022
China’s central bank has issued a development plan for the fintech sector for 2022 to 2025, providing guidance, targets, key tasks, and support for the financial industry’s digital transformation.
14 Jan 2022
Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) has secured a US$25 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to expand access to funding for women-owned-and-led small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam. The project is also co-financed with another US$25 million by DEG, the German government’s investment corporation.
12 Jan 2022
Digital finance took centre stage at Hong Kong’s annual Asian Financial Forum as speakers discussed how economies and companies are using technology to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances around the Covid-19 pandemic.
12 Jan 2022
Baltic Exchange and TradeFlow Capital Management complete a pilot escrow transaction involving a shipment of agricultural commodities from India to China.
10 Jan 2022
European asset management group Tikehau Capital, along with partner Financière Agache, has lodged a preliminary prospectus to list its special purpose acquisition company (Spac) on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). The Pegasus Asia SPAC, when launched, will be the first Spac in Singapore to be backed by international sponsors.
7 Jan 2022
Citi has appointed Ramachandran A.S. as its country officer in Vietnam. In this role, Ramachandran, known as RamC, will oversee the bank’s operations and be its main regulatory representative in the country.
6 Jan 2022
Wealth
Vietnamese conglomerate TTC Group, digital financing platform Validus, and investment fund Do Ventures have formed a joint venture to drive financial inclusion and the growth of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam.
14 Jan 2022
Index provider MSCI has announced various senior leadership changes, effective immediately.
14 Jan 2022
The year 2022 will be pivotal for active exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as industry participants believe that active ETF opportunity – more so than the strategic beta or passive one – is currently the most significant.
13 Jan 2022

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) (SCBHK) has agreed to acquire RBC Investor Services Trust Hong Kong, allowing it to expand into the MPF and ORSO schemes trusteeship business in the city.
13 Jan 2022
Regulatory reforms and credit defaults in the property sector are pushing Chinese trust companies to look for new ways to survive in the harsh business environment.
12 Jan 2022
PineBridge Investments appoints Nicolas Kopitsis as head of wealth management for Asia.
12 Jan 2022
While ESG investing has yet to become mainstream in China, the country’s green initiatives, especially its pledge to reach carbon emissions peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, have helped the concept to gain traction. Excluding money market funds, total ESG mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) saw AUM more than triple in 2020 to reach US$28.5 billion, while net inflows reached US$10.5 billion.
12 Jan 2022
The global hedge fund business returned +1.58% in December 2021, bringing the aggregate return for the industry for the year to +10.00%, data from eVestment show.
12 Jan 2022
Gold and commodity investors are urged to hedge their risk in 2022 as volatility continues to grip the market in the wake of interest rate hikes and resurgent demand coupled with supply chain issues.
12 Jan 2022
Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) has appointed Robert Phua as head of wealth planning for South Asia.
10 Jan 2022
HSBC Asset Management (HSBC AM) has launched a fund that will invest in a diversified portfolio of global assets under its sustainable investment strategy: the HSBC Global Sustainable Multi-Asset Income Fund.
10 Jan 2022
Asia Connect
Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola has secured an agreement that gives it an option to enter five offshore wind projects in the Philippines at very early stages of development.
14 Jan 2022
Construction has been progressing on the Agra Metro Mass Rapid Transit System in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, after the European Investment Bank (EIB) formally signed off on a €450 million (US$510.4 million) loan for the project in December.
12 Jan 2022
PT Lotte Chemical Indonesia (LCI), a subsidiary of Kuala Lumpur-based Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Berhad, has signed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for an integrated petrochemical facility in Indonesia.
12 Jan 2022
Norway's Hoegh LNG Holdings has signed an agreement for a 10-year floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) charter with Terminal de Regaseificacao de GNL de Sao Paulo (TSRP).
12 Jan 2022
South Korean construction company DL E&C has signed a contract for designing and procuring equipment for a major gas and chemical plant in Russia. The contract, signed with the Russian Baltic Complex Project, is valued at 1.6 trillion won (US$1.33 billion).
12 Jan 2022
Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) has signed an agreement with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to supply 4,667 megawatts of green power.
5 Jan 2022
Saudi developer Acwa Power has finalized the project agreements for the 100-megawatt Nukus wind project in the northwestern Karakalpakstan region of Uzbekistan.
5 Jan 2022
SMBC Bank EU and Société Générale have provided a sustainability-linked loan to Emerald Blue Maritime, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), to finance the acquisition of one of the world’s largest LNG bunkering vessels.
5 Jan 2022
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a US$522 million buyer's credit (export finance) agreement with Irkutsk Oil Company (INK) of Russia for the construction of a new petrochemicals plant in East Siberia.
5 Jan 2022
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) has signed a loan with Mitsubishi Corporation for additional development of a copper mine in Peru. The loan is co-financed with MUFG Bank providing US$21 million alongside JBIC's US$30 million. The loan is intended to provide part of the funds that Mitsubishi will provide for introducing a coarse particle flotation process, which enables copper recovery from coarse copper ores, to the Quellaveco Copper Mine Development Project undertaken by Anglo American Quellaveco (AAQ), a Peruvian affiliate of Mitsubishi.
29 Dec 2021
Seaspan Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE-listed Atlas Corp, has announced the closing of an innovative US$838 million financing for new container ships. The transaction combines a Japanese operating lease with call option (Jolco) with a 12-year syndicated loan backed by China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure).
29 Dec 2021
On The Move
Index provider MSCI has announced various senior leadership changes, effective immediately.
14 Jan 2022

PineBridge Investments appoints Nicolas Kopitsis as head of wealth management for Asia.
12 Jan 2022
Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) has appointed Robert Phua as head of wealth planning for South Asia.
10 Jan 2022
Deutsche Bank has appointed Mathew Kathayanat as Asia-Pacific head of securities services product management.
7 Jan 2022
Industry veteran Sophia Chong will oversee international trade fairs and digital business
5 Jan 2022
PGIM Real Estate says it has further strengthened its commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing with the addition of Julie Townsend as ESG lead for Europe and Asia-Pacific. Based in London, she will report to Christina Hill, global head of ESG and head of Americas asset management.
5 Jan 2022
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) has appointed Kerry Rooks as its chief people officer, effective January 10. She will be responsible for the group’s human resources function.
4 Jan 2022
Ray Chan brings over 20 years of experience in the asset management, ETF investment advisory
28 Dec 2021
Julius Baer Group will nominate Tomas Varela Muiña to the board of directors at its annual general meeting on 12 April 12 2022. Muiña will succeed Claire Giraut, who is not standing for re-election as she is about to reach her term limit of 12 years. All other current members of the board will stand for re-election.
23 Dec 2021
Singaporean lender UOB has hired Khoo Lin Wein as managing director and regional market head for Southeast Asia under its private bank arm, which is dedicated to serving high-net-worth (HNW) clients across Asia.
22 Dec 2021
Alan Keating has 20 years of experience in fund management industry
22 Dec 2021