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The Principles for Responsible Investment has announced the largest collaborative initiative on social issues and human rights, involving more than 220 institutional investors representing over US$30 trillion in assets under management. Launched last week at the PRI’s annual investor conference in Barcelona, the Advance initiative will involve active engagement between 120 of those investors and 40 initial focus companies within the mining and metals and renewable energy sectors.
5 Dec 2022
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has fined investment manager Vanguard Investments Australia for alleged greenwashing activity.
5 Dec 2022
New Forests, an investment manager of nature-based real assets headquartered in Sydney, has launched a fund to raise A$600 million (US$407 million) over the next two to three years.
5 Dec 2022
Recognized products will stand out from among 6,000 bonds on exchange
28 Nov 2022
'Breakthough’ loss and damage fund agreed to, but operational details scarce
25 Nov 2022
Citi Philippines has extended a US$20 million loan to ASA Philippines Foundation to provide financial assistance to low-income women for entrepreneurial ventures in the country. Nearly 70,000 women micro-entrepreneurs are expected to benefit from the programme.
25 Nov 2022
From Russia’s war on Ukraine to the Sino-American rivalry, the world order is increasingly contested, and when value chains are global, a single disruption can reverberate across the planet. But retreating from interconnectedness is both unworkable and unnecessary
25 Nov 2022
Southeast Asian parliaments have resolved to promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) approaches for both the public and private sectors while urging their governments to develop ESG performance indicators. Members of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) adopted an ESG resolution on Wednesday, the fourth day of a five-day meeting in Phnom Penh – the first face-to-face gathering of Asean lawmakers since 2019.
24 Nov 2022
By putting climate action at the heart of their efforts to rebuild consensus and reinvigorate multilateralism, Asian countries can prop open the world’s window of opportunity to prevent climate disaster. They would also catalyze their own ability to benefit from the massive economic opportunities created by the green transition
15 Nov 2022
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TechTalk
No one should be surprised at the collapse of the crypto exchange FTX – not even at how many people were surprised. Despite the novelty of the assets, the narrative of the crypto crisis was established long ago
7 Dec 2022
Fintech platform Airwallex has appointed Kai Wu as chief revenue officer (CRO) and Asia-Pacific general manager, as it aims to accelerate growth in the region and globally in 2023.
6 Dec 2022
Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearnt
6 Dec 2022
In the wake of the collapse of crypto currency trading platform FTX, a top Singaporean official says no regulation can truly safeguard against the collapse of the untested asset class. “Cryptocurrencies themselves are highly volatile and have no intrinsic value,” says Singapore’s deputy prime minister Lawrence Wong. “Those who trade in cryptocurrencies must be prepared to lose all their value. No amount of regulation can remove this risk.”
5 Dec 2022
Private sector initiates explores how tokenized securities, wholesale CBDC could operate
5 Dec 2022
J.P. Morgan Private Bank has announced a strategic investment in Edge Laboratories and Evooq to strengthen its digital investment capabilities for ultra-high-net-worth clients across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.
2 Dec 2022
James Footh has 30 years of experience in real estate, data centre infrastructure
2 Dec 2022
Microsoft Hong Kong and Lenovo PCCW Solutions have formed a strategic partnership to help organizations in Hong Kong accelerate digital transformation and drive business growth, thereby fostering the city’s evolution into a smart city and hub for the Greater Bay Area (GBA).
1 Dec 2022
Digital infrastructure provider Equinix is entering the Malaysia market with an initial investment of US$40 million to build a new data centre in Johor.
1 Dec 2022
Insurance technology firm Igloo has raised an additional US$27 million in an extension of its Series B funding round, bringing the total capital raised for the round to US$46 million.
1 Dec 2022
MetaComp, a Singapore-based digital asset exchange, has received a licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to provide digital payment token services as a major payment institution.
1 Dec 2022
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Treasury & Capital Markets
Singapore’s state investor Temasek has joined a US$200 million Series C equity capital raise by Swedish freight mobility company Einride.
8 Dec 2022
Geopolitical risks, trade tensions, inflation and cyber risk are the most significant threats to the financial services ecosystem in the coming year, a recent survey finds.
8 Dec 2022
Fintech platform Airwallex has appointed Kai Wu as chief revenue officer (CRO) and Asia-Pacific general manager, as it aims to accelerate growth in the region and globally in 2023.
6 Dec 2022
Md Moinul Huq has 25 years of experience in banking across various segments
5 Dec 2022
The Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) on December 2 launched its inaugural Asean+3 Economic Cooperation and Financial Stability Forum as a hybrid event in Singapore.
2 Dec 2022
Microsoft Hong Kong and Lenovo PCCW Solutions have formed a strategic partnership to help organizations in Hong Kong accelerate digital transformation and drive business growth, thereby fostering the city’s evolution into a smart city and hub for the Greater Bay Area (GBA).
1 Dec 2022
Digital infrastructure provider Equinix is entering the Malaysia market with an initial investment of US$40 million to build a new data centre in Johor.
1 Dec 2022
Wealth
Raffles Family Office (RFO) has appointed Zann Kwan as chief investment officer and managing partner of Revo Digital Family Office (Revo), and Rizal Wijono as a member of the independent advisory board, with immediate effect.
8 Dec 2022
Schroders, one of Europe’s largest independent money managers, with US$939 billion of assets under management as of June 30 2022, has become the latest to switch to a buy for Hong Kong/China stocks. It joins a raft of other funds that have taken a similar stance as 2023 rolls around.
8 Dec 2022
Fewer equities, less cash, more gold, bonds, sustainable investments
7 Dec 2022
Challenges confronting the equities market are expected to persist into the new year, despite signs that market conditions in the region are set to improve.
7 Dec 2022
MFS Investment Management has appointed Sally Choo as head of distribution for Asia ex-Japan, effective January 1.
7 Dec 2022
Asian institutional investors are showing interest in partnering with other asset owners and asset managers as they seek to meet their climate goals but are hindered by the lack of investment avenues and technical expertise, a new report finds.
7 Dec 2022
Asia Connect
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB) have signed a US$200 million on-lending facility to contribute to Turkey’s climate mitigation and adaptation goals in line with the Paris Agreement. The facility is backed by a guarantee from the Government of Turkey.
8 Dec 2022
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a US$40 million loan agreement with Tiger Infrastructure Philippines to build 380 telecommunications towers in the Mindanao and Visayas regions of the Philippines. The infrastructure will enable mobile network operators to provide a full range of mobile and data services to consumers.
7 Dec 2022
The board of directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a €166.36 million loan to Senegal for the construction of a 200-kilometre highway.
7 Dec 2022
Nigeria’s Lagos state government has shortlisted three consortia for the contract to build a US$2.5 billion bridge that seeks to relieve severe traffic congestion in the economic hub.
7 Dec 2022
BlackRock Alternatives’ climate infrastructure business in Taiwan has signed a NT$3.91 billion (US$125 million) green loan facility for its solar assets.
7 Dec 2022
A 505-megawatt onshore wind project in Egypt has signed a US$518 million debt package featuring Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a group of Egyptian and international commercial banks.
7 Dec 2022
A consortium comprising Mota-Engil, Trafigura and Vecturis is set to begin operating the Lobito Corridor railway in Angola under a 30-year concession announced earlier this year.
30 Nov 2022
Construction work is about to begin on the 545-kilometre Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) below-ground transmission line which will deliver hydropower from Quebec to New York City.
30 Nov 2022
Japan’s JGC Holdings Corp has won the contract for the front-end engineering and design (FEED) of Nigeria’s first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project, along with Technip Energies of France.
30 Nov 2022
Singapore-based commodities trader Trafigura has closed a syndicated financing facility with Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) to develop copper and cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
30 Nov 2022
Saudi Aramco will invest US$7 billion in its South Korean affiliate S-Oil for the construction of a refinery-steam cracker plant that will convert crude oil into high-value petrochemical products.
23 Nov 2022
On The Move
Raffles Family Office (RFO) has appointed Zann Kwan as chief investment officer and managing partner of Revo Digital Family Office (Revo), and Rizal Wijono as a member of the independent advisory board, with immediate effect.
8 Dec 2022
MFS Investment Management has appointed Sally Choo as head of distribution for Asia ex-Japan, effective January 1.
7 Dec 2022
Fintech platform Airwallex has appointed Kai Wu as chief revenue officer (CRO) and Asia-Pacific general manager, as it aims to accelerate growth in the region and globally in 2023.
6 Dec 2022
Md Moinul Huq has 25 years of experience in banking across various segments
5 Dec 2022
Mario Serafino, Mohit Singh, Sue Lee, Badrinivas NC bring years of Asia banking experience
2 Dec 2022
James Footh has 30 years of experience in real estate, data centre infrastructure
2 Dec 2022
Allianz Global Investors has appointed Jenny Zeng as chief investment officer, succeeding David Tan, who will take a break from asset management from the end of January 2023.
1 Dec 2022
J.P. Morgan Private Bank has appointed Ulysses Lau as head of investments and engagement for Asia.
1 Dec 2022
Adeline Kim has great depth of industry experience, proven leadership skills
1 Dec 2022
Cynthia Tchikoltsoff, Stephane Gaboriaud have extensive institutional knowledge, client experience
1 Dec 2022
Sandy Chen, Mark Chester Ng, Sarah Lee, experienced bankers, portfolio manager
30 Nov 2022