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The controversy over the recent presentation by HSBC Asset Management's Stuart Kirk on climate risk.
25 May 2022
Proceeds to fund refinancing of existing borrowings, working capital requirements
24 May 2022
Fully integrated investment approach and talent supply are key
24 May 2022
Hong Kong-based Intensel is leading the race to find solutions in a region where the participation of businesses in a bid to meet the Paris targets and SDGs is crucial as governments move to tighten policy with the aim of meeting these targets.
23 May 2022
A task force convened by the Monetary Authority of Singapore has published the second version of its green and transition taxonomy. The document, which builds on the earlier taxonomy proposed by the Green Finance Industry Taskforce (GFIT) in January 2021, details threshol
20 May 2022

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Nearly two-thirds (63%) of investors globally prefer to use active funds to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles into their portfolios, with equities (80%) over bonds (58%) being the most popular asset classes to gain ESG exposure, according to a new study. ESG adoption is now widespread, with the proportion of ESG users jumping to 89%, from 84% in 2021, Capital Group says in its ESG Global Study 2022. Asia-Pacific (APAC) saw the largest increase in ESG users of any region (to 88% from 81% in 2021).
18 May 2022
Ellie Tang hire part of move to embed ESG across firm’s entire capabilities
18 May 2022
Asian fixed-income market plays crucial role in financing transition to sustainable future
18 May 2022
Industrial Bank (Hong Kong) on May 11 priced a US$650 million green bond offering, with the use of proceeds intended to be aligned with the Common Ground Taxonomy (CGT).
14 May 2022
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TechTalk
According to a recent survey of AI firms in Asia by the Fintech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK), around 75% of respondents cited Hong Kong as their headquarters while 70% regarded Hong Kong as their top market. However, many of these firms cite the lack of quality talent familiar with AI and big data processes as a major issue facing Hong Kong as an AI and big data financial services hub.
27 May 2022
Grab Financial Group (GFG), the fintech arm of Southeast Asian superapp Grab, has rolled out a new financial brand for digital payments, insurance, lending and wealth management. GrabFin will offer a single entry point to access payment, investment and insurance services on the Grab app. Along with the GrabFin launch, GFG is also introducing Earn+, an investment product for Singapore-based Grab users.
26 May 2022
Singapore-based fintech firm Hashstacs (STACS) has launched ESGpedia, a registry platform which will power the ESG Registry of the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Project Greenprint.
25 May 2022
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Strategic investors include SET, UOB, with proceeds to target expansion, product innovation
24 May 2022
Singapore-based robo-adviser and digital wealth manager Syfe has launched operations in Hong Kong, marking its first foray outside its home market.
23 May 2022
The recent collapse of the Terra stablecoin and its associated token Luna highlights the risks of investing in cryptocurrency. Investments worth billions of dollars were wiped out almost overnight after the algorithmic system supporting the crypto pair crumbled. For PGIM, the investment management business of Prudential Financial, the latest blow to crypto investing supports its view that cryptocurrency is a “portfolio kryptonite” that offers little benefit to an institutional investor while adding considerable volatility and risk.
19 May 2022
Facility aims to support CREI in improving local community connectivity, meeting data traffic needs
19 May 2022
Asean leaders in US for summit pitch EV maker for partnerships, investment
18 May 2022
Shift to Covid co-existence will allow foreigners to fill booming tech sector vacancies
16 May 2022
Terraform Labs, the Korean-managed and Singapore-headquartered company, shuttered its Terra blockchain platform after the price of its Terra USD stablecoin and cryptocurrency Luna lost almost all their value, wiping out billions of dollars of wealth and rattling the global crypto market.
16 May 2022
Treasury & Capital Markets
According to a recent survey of AI firms in Asia by the Fintech Association of Hong Kong (FTAHK), around 75% of respondents cited Hong Kong as their headquarters while 70% regarded Hong Kong as their top market. However, many of these firms cite the lack of quality talent familiar with AI and big data processes as a major issue facing Hong Kong as an AI and big data financial services hub.
27 May 2022
Singapore’s financial regulator has slapped OCBC Bank, the country’s second largest lender, with an additional capital requirement of S$330 million (US$240 million) following a series of phishing activities that victimized its customers in December 2021.
26 May 2022
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Ping An Bank has launched a personal carbon account platform in a bid to encourage a green a low-carbon lifestyle for consumers.
25 May 2022
The Asset reveals the North Asia winners of the Triple A Treasury, Trade, SSC and Risk Management Awards 2022, highlights key trends in the region.
25 May 2022
One of South Korea’s policy banks, Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim), on May 17 priced a dual-tranche euro bond offering totalling €1.5 billion (US$1.58 billion) in the largest-ever senior unsecured public euro bond issuance out of Korea. The deal comprises a two-year green floating rate note and a 3.5-year fixed rate note.
22 May 2022
Wealth
Amundi has appointed Alfred Lee as managing director, head of institutional business, North Asia ex-China.
26 May 2022
Hangzhou and Chengdu targeted, household investable assets to top US$44.89 trillion by 2025
26 May 2022
Carlyle, through two of its buyout funds, has agreed to acquire cosmetics packaging firm HCP Packaging from Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA). The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
26 May 2022

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Swiss private bank Lombard Odier and Australian wealth manager JBWere have signed a strategic alliance agreement, formalizing a partnership established in 2011.
26 May 2022
Grab Financial Group (GFG), the fintech arm of Southeast Asian superapp Grab, has rolled out a new financial brand for digital payments, insurance, lending and wealth management. GrabFin will offer a single entry point to access payment, investment and insurance services on the Grab app. Along with the GrabFin launch, GFG is also introducing Earn+, an investment product for Singapore-based Grab users.
26 May 2022
Active exchange-traded funds (ETFs) listed globally gathered net inflows of US$10.44 billion in April, bringing year-to-date net inflows to US$43.42 billion. It was the 25th month of consecutive net inflows.
25 May 2022
Key themes beyond wealth preservation – tech upgrades, ubiquitous ESG, crypto creep
25 May 2022
M&G Real Estate has promoted Seiko Ikeda to head of Japan.
25 May 2022
An investment portfolio with substantial allocations in smart-beta ETFs and thematic ETFs may be better positioned to withstand the downward trend in financial markets.
25 May 2022
The controversy over the recent presentation by HSBC Asset Management's Stuart Kirk on climate risk.
25 May 2022
Asia Connect
BOC Aviation has delivered the first of seven new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft for lease to Turkish Airlines. All seven aircraft are part of the company’s existing order book and will be powered by CFM LEAP-1B engines.
25 May 2022

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Nepal has inaugurated its second international airport, the Gautam Buddha International Airport (GBIA), in Siddharthanagar (Bhairahawa), Lumbini Province.
25 May 2022
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Venture Global and Malaysia’s Petronas LNG have signed a 20-year sales and purchase agreement (SPA), covering 1 million metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) of liquefied natural gas from the US supplier’s LNG facility in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
25 May 2022
Many of the 2021 projects honoured in The Asset Triple A Sustainable Infrastructure Awards have an environmental or clean energy focus. However, there was plenty of activity reflecting broader economic development aims, ranging from metro and rail networks and affordable housing to improving internet access and underserved communities. And it is one of these deals with a social and economic development goal that The Asset has chosen as its 2021 Global deal of the year - Indonesia's Satria satellite project.
25 May 2022
Hong Kong-based Solar module maker ET Solar will invest about US$600 million to build a new 5-gigawatt wafer facility in northern Vietnam.
23 May 2022
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the government of Bangladesh have signed a US$200 million on-lending facility to Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) to finance infrastructure projects in the South Asian country.
18 May 2022
Argentine wind farm operator Luz de Tres Picos has raised US$77.5 million in an offering of green bonds to fund the construction of two wind farms.
18 May 2022
Japanese power generation company JERA has concluded a stock purchase agreement with an affiliate of funds managed by investment firm Stonepeak to acquire a 100% interest in two US thermal projects. The two projects have a total capacity of 1.63 gigawatts.
18 May 2022
Chinese wind turbine maker and project developer Xinjiang Goldwin Science & Technology has signed loan facilities totalling US$270 million to refinance a group of wind farms in Argentina.
18 May 2022
Alternative investment firm PAG, through funds managed by its real assets group, has agreed to acquire First Solar’s project development and operations platforms in Japan, which represent one of the largest solar pipelines in the country. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal creates one of the country’s largest renewable energy platforms with over 600MW of capacity.
17 May 2022
On The Move
Amundi has appointed Alfred Lee as managing director, head of institutional business, North Asia ex-China.
26 May 2022

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Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) has appointed Robert Cheeseman as managing director and co-head of asset accumulation in the sales and marketing department, effective June 1.
26 May 2022
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Alex Ng brings close to 15 years of experience in the funds management industry
25 May 2022
Franklin Templeton has appointed Patrick Vizzone as managing director and head of agri-food for its Asia-Pacific alternatives group. He will lead private equity and venture capital investments in the sustainable agri-food sector globally.
24 May 2022
Bank of Singapore, the private banking unit of OCBC Bank, has announced key appointments to strengthen its wealth planning team. Christine Wong has been appointed the new head of wealth planning, Greater China and North Asia, at the Hong Kong branch, effective May 19. Guo Jiawen will join as senior wealth planner on 16 June 16, based in Singapore.
24 May 2022
Citi Australia has named Mark England the new head of its securities services business in Australia and New Zealand.
23 May 2022
VP Bank has reinforced its Asia organization with the appointment of Johnny Heng as head of the Singapore branch and Kenneth Chan as head of intermediaries in Hong Kong.
23 May 2022
ARA Asset Management has appointed David Blight as chief investment officer of its private funds division, ARA Private Funds. The appointment follows ARA’s recent acquisition by ESR Group in a landmark deal creating one of the largest real estate managers with combined assets under management of over US$140 billion.
20 May 2022
Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management and Los Angeles-headquartered Oaktree Capital Management have expanded their global wealth team to meet the growing demand for alternative investment solutions.
20 May 2022
Citi has promoted Seoul-based banker Valentin Valderrabano to chief operating officer of Citi Global Wealth (CGW). Valderrabano was most recently the consumer business manager for Citibank Korea.
19 May 2022