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Social SRI sukuk, bonds for affordable housing assigned highest social benefit rating
8 Aug 2022
After volatile start to 2022, revival in market expected with Q2 25% issuance increase
5 Aug 2022
Corporate, institutional clients in Hong Kong, Singapore can invest in portfolio of green projects
5 Aug 2022
Growing demand by banking customers for sustainable banking services in region
3 Aug 2022
In gatherings this summer and later this year, G20 member states will confront a raft of global issues that require their attention and cooperation. But while inter-governmental cooperation is crucial, so, too, are strategies to leverage the ingenuity and capacity of businesses and the financial industry.
31 Jul 2022
Company on a mission to stop the flow of plastic waste into nature
28 Jul 2022
Activist legal challenges argue the toss about legalistic nuances – immaterial in real world
25 Jul 2022
The Asset announces the winners of the 2022 Asset Management Company Awards, part of The Asset Triple A Sustainable Investing Awards for Institutional Investors, ETFs, and Asset Servicing Providers.
25 Jul 2022
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Tata Communications has enhanced its InstaCC platform with digital features to improve the way global enterprises engage with their customers. The platform is an omnichannel Contact Centre as a Service (CCaaS), which enables businesses to seamlessly grow beyond geographies while adhering to international regulatory compliance, Tata says. It allows companies and their clients to connect across varied channels ranging from social media to web browsers to mobile applications and company websites.
10 Aug 2022
The number of consumers availing themselves of the “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) payment scheme will surpass 900 million globally by 2027, up from 360 million this year, according to a new report. This growth of over 150% will be driven by the increase in demand for low-cost credit solutions on the back of the expected economic downturn, says Juniper Research.
10 Aug 2022
Philippine-based ATR Asset Management and Trust Corporation (ATRAM) is partnering with additiv, a wealth tech solutions provider headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, to modernize and digitize its wealth management solutions.
8 Aug 2022
Philippine regulators have cautioned local investors against dealing with cryptocurrency exchange Binance, noting that it does not have a licence to operate in the country.
8 Aug 2022
Following the swift adoption of digital financial processes in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, consumers across globe have rapidly embraced digital payment systems, including digital wallets, for their day-to-day activities. According to Juniper Research, digital wallet transactions globally are predicted to exceed US$12 trillion by 2026, from just around US$7.5 trillion this year. The number of digital wallet users, currently around 3.4 billion, is predicted to grow to 5.2 billion by 2026.
5 Aug 2022
Customers younger, tech-savvy, high-net-worth individuals who seek growing autonomy
4 Aug 2022
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) has appointed Shayan Hazir as chief digital officer, Asean, effective August 8.
4 Aug 2022
Revolut, a London-based fintech company boasting more than 20 million customers worldwide, on Thursday (August 4) launched a new cryptocurrency service in Singapore, enabling customers to securely buy, hold and sell cryptocurrencies with the tap of a button. Revolut is providing all customers in Singapore with more than 80 tokens available via its app.
4 Aug 2022
Growing demand by banking customers for sustainable banking services in region
3 Aug 2022
SC Ventures, Standard Chartered’s innovation and fintech investment arm, has announced the launch of Appro. The Dubai-based fintech start-up offers a solution that reduces the time taken to complete the application processes for retail banking products – such as credit cards and personal loans – from several hours to just three minutes.
3 Aug 2022
Wireless provider prices US$500 million deal, strong company revenue growth forecast
2 Aug 2022
Treasury & Capital Markets
Announcing the winners of the Custody Specialist Awards of The Asset Triple A Sustainable Investing Awards for Institutional Investor, ETF, and Asset Servicing Providers 2022.
11 Aug 2022
Apex Group has launched its global compliance solutions in Singapore, and appointed Stefan Ho as head of the team.
10 Aug 2022
Tata Communications has enhanced its InstaCC platform with digital features to improve the way global enterprises engage with their customers. The platform is an omnichannel Contact Centre as a Service (CCaaS), which enables businesses to seamlessly grow beyond geographies while adhering to international regulatory compliance, Tata says. It allows companies and their clients to connect across varied channels ranging from social media to web browsers to mobile applications and company websites.
10 Aug 2022
The number of consumers availing themselves of the “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) payment scheme will surpass 900 million globally by 2027, up from 360 million this year, according to a new report. This growth of over 150% will be driven by the increase in demand for low-cost credit solutions on the back of the expected economic downturn, says Juniper Research.
10 Aug 2022
Presenting the winners of The Asset Triple A Islamic Finance Awards 2022 – best deals
9 Aug 2022
MUFG Bank has announced the completion of a US$1.1 billion syndicated social loan facility for HDFC, one of India’s leading housing finance providers. The Japanese bank is one of the mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners for the deal, which also marks its first social loan in India.
8 Aug 2022
Singapore’s three homegrown banks reported resilient earnings over recent weeks, buoyed in part by rising interest rates. A common thread which passed without much fanfare in all their reports is the growing capital committed to environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainable financing, and their efforts towards achieving net zero.
8 Aug 2022
Philippine regulators have cautioned local investors against dealing with cryptocurrency exchange Binance, noting that it does not have a licence to operate in the country.
8 Aug 2022
S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI has launched a new series of indices to provide transparent, reliable and publicly available performance benchmarks for the dry bulk freight markets.
5 Aug 2022
The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is extending a US$70 million financing package to Communication and Renewable Energy Infrastructure (CREI) Philippines to help fund the construction of new telecom towers, which will provide more people and businesses in the country with affordable and better mobile connectivity.
5 Aug 2022
Wealth
Announcing the winners of the Best in Corporate Trust Awards of The Asset Triple A Sustainable Investing Awards for Institutional Investor, ETF, and Asset Servicing Providers 2022.
11 Aug 2022
Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM) has launched a strategy to efficiently target high-quality stocks and companies with higher relative environmentmal, social and governance (ESG) ratings while defining a responsible investment universe and managing climate change risk. The NT World Quality ESG Strategy, which has been available in the United States since 2015, will be accessible to investors in certain jurisdictions across Europe and Asia-Pacific.
10 Aug 2022
Hong Kong’s move to relax mandatory quarantine requirements will reduce the burden on inbound travellers but do little to offset the city’s near-term growth and fiscal pressures, according to Fitch Ratings. It expects the economy to shrink again this year, the third contraction since 2019, heightening the risks of enduring economic scarring.
10 Aug 2022
Franklin Templeton has appointed Yu Qing as managing director and head of China. In her newly created role, Yu will be responsible for providing overall leadership and strategic direction for the firm’s mainland China business and building a multi-faceted asset management business, focusing on public investment solutions.
10 Aug 2022
Philippine-based ATR Asset Management and Trust Corporation (ATRAM) is partnering with additiv, a wealth tech solutions provider headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, to modernize and digitize its wealth management solutions.
8 Aug 2022
Optimism among high-net-worth investors has dipped to early-pandemic levels on continuing concerns about the economic and market impact of inflation and the war in Ukraine, particularly on their retirement savings, a new survey finds.
4 Aug 2022
Investment in Asia-Pacific commercial real estate decreased by 17% year-on-year to US$70.9 billion in the first half of 2022, as a tightening rate cycle and inflationary concerns began affecting transaction activity, JLL reports.
4 Aug 2022
Revolut, a London-based fintech company boasting more than 20 million customers worldwide, on Thursday (August 4) launched a new cryptocurrency service in Singapore, enabling customers to securely buy, hold and sell cryptocurrencies with the tap of a button. Revolut is providing all customers in Singapore with more than 80 tokens available via its app.
4 Aug 2022
Announcing the winners of the Mandates and Solutions of the Year of The Asset Triple A Sustainable Investing Awards for Institutional Investor, ETF, and Asset Servicing Providers 2022.
4 Aug 2022
Singapore’s telecom conglomerate Singtel plans to invest a further US$100 million into its corporate venture arm Singtel Innov8, bringing its total capital commitment to US$350 million.
3 Aug 2022
Asia Connect
Masdar Azerbaijan Energy (MAE) has signed a US$114.2 million loan for its 230-megawatt solar power plant near the Alat settlement in Azerbaijan. Asian Development Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development are providing US$21.4 million each. This is ADB’s first renewable energy project in Azerbaijan. The rest of the fund is coming from Japan International Cooperation Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.
10 Aug 2022
Genser Energy, a US-based integrated energy services provider operating in West Africa, has completed a US$425 million financing, comprising US$325 million syndicated senior loan facilities and a US$100 million mezzanine loan facility. The transaction provides funding to refinance existing facilities, and broaden the operations of Genser Energy Ghana Limited (GEGL), including an expansion of its existing gas pipeline network with a 100-kilometre trunk line to Kumasi, Ghana's second largest city, the development of a gas processing plant with 200 million standard cubic feet per day capacity in Prestea, and the expansion of a natural gas liquid (NGL) storage terminal at the Takoradi Port.
10 Aug 2022
Hitachi Energy has won a major order from TenneT and TransnetBW, two of Germany’s four transmission system operators, to supply a transmission solution for the Suedlink DC4 high-voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnection between the north and south of the country. SuedLink DC4 will play a crucial role in Germany’s energy transition, enabling a reduction in the use of fossil fuels and helping the country achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.
10 Aug 2022
Renewable energy provider Elawan Energy has closed a €250 million (US$254.92 million) debt financing for a 440-megawatt portfolio of nine photovoltaic plants currently under development in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain.
10 Aug 2022
Apex Clean Energy has refinanced and expanded its corporate debt facilities, to provide additional capital and flexibility for future growth. Eight banks are providing US$650 million of debt capital, through a US$450 million senior secured green term loan facility and a US$200 million senior secured green revolving letter of credit facility.
10 Aug 2022
Energias de Portugal (EDP) ​​is selling its 50% stake in the US$560 million San Gaban III hydroelectric project in Peru to China Three Gorges (CTG). The Chinese state-owned power firm already owns the other 50% of San Gaban, and will become the sole shareholder of the 206-megawatt hydroelectric facility.
10 Aug 2022
SM Investments Corporation (SMIC) has ventured into renewable energy by acquiring full ownership of two major geothermal steam fields in the country.
3 Aug 2022
BOC Aviation has signed a deal to place six Airbus A320neo aircraft with South American ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART Airlines.
3 Aug 2022
A consortium led by institutional investor EIG and Belgian energy infrastructure company Fluxys has acquired an 80% stake in GNL Quintero (GNLQ), the largest liquefied natural gas terminal in Chile.
3 Aug 2022
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Europe) and China Construction Bank (Europe) have participated in a bank syndicate for a 4 billion Polish zloty (US$840 million) sustainability-linked loan for Tauron Polska Energia.
3 Aug 2022
The Peljesac Bridge in Croatia, built by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), has opened to traffic. The 2.4-kilometre bridge connects the mainland with the Peljesac Peninsula. It allows road traffic to avoid any border crossing with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
3 Aug 2022
On The Move
Apex Group has launched its global compliance solutions in Singapore, and appointed Stefan Ho as head of the team.
10 Aug 2022
Franklin Templeton has appointed Yu Qing as managing director and head of China. In her newly created role, Yu will be responsible for providing overall leadership and strategic direction for the firm’s mainland China business and building a multi-faceted asset management business, focusing on public investment solutions.
10 Aug 2022
Sandeep Pahwa has 30 years of global investment banking experience
5 Aug 2022
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) has appointed Shayan Hazir as chief digital officer, Asean, effective August 8.
4 Aug 2022
Real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has appointed Rosanna Tang as head of business development services, Hong Kong, effective August 1.
1 Aug 2022
DBS has appointed Lim Chu Chong as president director of PT Bank DBS Indonesia (DBS Indonesia), succeeding Paulus Sutisna, subject to regulatory approval. Lim is currently chief operating officer of the bank’s institutional banking group (IBG). In his new role, Lim will be part of DBS’ group management committee.
1 Aug 2022
Martin Bednall brings expertise in portfolio management, capital markets, product development.
28 Jul 2022
Jackson Lee has been with the firm for over a decade and at the forefront of many of its milestones
27 Jul 2022
Marcin Nowakowski has expertise across all TMT verticals, including digital infrastructure
27 Jul 2022
Standard Chartered has appointed Andy Ross as global head, prime and financing, financing & securities services (FSS), effective July 25.
27 Jul 2022
Citi Global Wealth has appointed C.R. Sambamurthy as Asia head of Citigold and Citigold Private Client, effective August 1. Citigold and Citigold Private Client serve the bank’s affluent and high-net-worth clients in the region.
26 Jul 2022