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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

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  • JP Morgan

    JP Morgan confident about opening up of China's banking sector

    Ticker | 23 October 2017

    JP Morgan’s Asia-Pacific vice chairman has said she expects Chinese regulators to lift restrictions on foreign banks operating in the mainland, joining a growing chorus of voices predicting an opening up in China’s banking sector.

  • CLSA outlines ambitious growth plans

    People & Markets | 20 October 2017

    One year after announcing its integration with Citic Securities International, CLSA is looking to grow its market share across multiple product lines.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a briefing on the final day of the Belt and Road Forum, at the Yanqi Lake International Conference Centre, north of Beijing.

    Global banks staff up for Belt and Road

    People & Markets | 13 October 2017

    International banks including Citigroup, HSBC and

  • Ashley Alder, Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, addresses the Pan Asian Regulatory Summit by Thomas Reuters in Hong Kong, China.

    Hong Kong probes "reckless" IPO behaviour

    People & Markets | 13 October 2017

    Hong Kong’s securities regulator has sent a warning to investment banks that it is investigating 15 firms that sponsored IPOs for “substandard work”, including some “reckless” behaviour.

  • Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen on a counter of a branch of a commercial bank in Beijing, China.

    Chinese banks add to lead in Asia fees

    People & Markets | 06 October 2017

    Chinese banks consolidated their positions as the top earners in Asian investment banking for the first three quarters of 2017, taking the top three slots in terms of fees earned in Asia, excluding Japan.

  • IFC loan programme gets US$1bn boost

    IFC loan programme gets US$1bn boost

    People & Markets | 29 September 2017

    International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank, is looking to deploy more funds in syndicated loans following its recent tie-up with the

  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited Chief Executive Charles Li attends an interview by Reuters in Hong Kong, China.

    Hong Kong toughens up on delistings, dilution

    People & Markets | 29 September 2017

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing has proposed tougher rules governing capital raisings and delistings in an effort to bolster safeguards for investors and clamp down on market abuse.

  • Citi to add bankers for China Belt and Road

    People & Markets | 29 September 2017

    Citigroup plans to add at least 25 bankers in countries linked to China’s Belt and Road initiative.

  • The company logo of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd (HKEx) is displayed outside its exhibition hall in Hong Kong

    HKEx proposed tougher rules on delistings, equity raisings

    Ticker | 25 September 2017

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing has initiated two consultations to facilitate the delisting of securities that have been suspended for a long time and to prevent highly dilutive equity raisings.

  • A Goldman Sachs sign is displayed inside the company's post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S.

    Goldman reshuffles Asia top team

    People & Markets | 22 September 2017

    Goldman Sachs has revamped its Asia leadership with a number of internal promotions in Hong Kong and South-East Asia, as the US bulge-bracket bank replenishes its senior ranks following recent retirements.

  • CICC shifts gears with Tencent tie-up

    People & Markets | 22 September 2017

    China International Capital Corp has agreed to sell close to a 5% stake to technology giant Tencent Holdings as the securities firm looks to expand its wealth-management offerings.

  • Deutsche bolsters Asian equities

    People & Markets | 22 September 2017

    Deutsche Bank is looking to add to its equities business in Asia after a tough period for the German lender globally and for banks in the region generally.

  • 'Green Bond Connect' talks under way

    People & Markets | 15 September 2017

    The Climate Bonds Initiative is in talks with Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing about expanding the recently launched Bond Connect trading link to give overseas investors greater access to China’s Green bond market.

  • Australian regulator puts bank capital fears to rest

    People & Markets | 15 September 2017

    Australian banks are breathing a sigh of relief after the country’s top banking regulator confirmed that future changes to the risk weightings of mortgage loans would not require them to hold more capital.

  • Hong Kong waters down listing reforms

    People & Markets | 15 September 2017

    Hong Kong’s securities regulator and stock exchange operator have abandoned plans for a new committee to vet IPOs after an overwhelmingly negative response to last year’s proposals.

  • Hong Kong signals dual-class push

    People & Markets | 08 September 2017

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing gave its clearest indication yet that it intended to push ahead with plans to allow dual-class shares as CEO Charles Li said feedback from its recent consultation process was “very strongly” in favour of the proposals.

  • China clamps down on cryptocurrency

    People & Markets | 08 September 2017

    Chinese regulators have banned initial coin offerings and ordered issuers to hand back any funds raised, intensifying a global regulatory clampdown on the fast-growing market for digital financings.

  • Logo of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd

    Hong Kong prepares IPO Connect

    Top News | 01 September 2017

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing outlined plans last week for an IPO link with China, building on its existing secondary market trading links with the mainland.

  • CBA faces further regulatory probe

    People & Markets | 01 September 2017

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia has been hit with a second regulatory probe for alleged breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing rules.

  • China's big banks see H2 gains

    People & Markets | 01 September 2017

     

  • Hong Kong warms to dual-class shares

    People & Markets | 01 September 2017

    Hong Kong is expected to push ahead with plans to allow dual-class listings on the local bourse after the government’s newly created Financial Leaders Forum emphasised the need to reform the city’s capital markets.

  • China drafts rules on debt-equity swaps

    People & Markets | 11 August 2017

    The China Banking Regulatory Commission has issued draft regulations for debt-for-equity swaps, providing clarity on how banks will be allowed to resolve bad debts after the State Council gave the green light to equity swaps last year.

  • Probe overshadows Commonwealth Bank profits

    People & Markets | 11 August 2017

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia acknowledged the seriousness of money-laundering allegations it faced last week, overshadowing the release of healthy full-year earnings.

  • Noble's net debt rises as losses mount

    People & Markets | 11 August 2017

    Noble Group’s net debt swelled to US$3.82bn at the end of June, the embattled commodities trading company said last week.

  • bonds

    Money laundering allegations overshadow CBA profit rise

    Ticker | 09 August 2017

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia today acknowledged the seriousness of money-laundering allegations levelled against it, overshadowing the release of healthy full-year earnings.

  • Goldman hires DB banker in China push

    People & Markets | 04 August 2017

    Goldman Sachs has added Bill Chu to its investment banking team in China in a sign that the US bank is gearing up for an increase in cross-border deal flow from the mainland.

  • Equity disposals help Japan's megabanks

    People & Markets | 04 August 2017

    Japan’s megabanks reported divergent first-quarter results last week, although underlying profitability was weak for all three of them as income from lending remained subdued.

  • HSBC pledges more buybacks after profit rise

    People & Markets | 04 August 2017

    HSBC is to buy back US$2bn of its shares after reporting a 5% rise in half-year profits, and said repurchases of its stock could become a regular feature in the future.

  • The company logo of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing Ltd (HKEx) is displayed outside its exhibition hall in Hong Kong

    HKEx plans blockchain marketplace for pre-IPO fundraising

    Ticker | 03 August 2017

    Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing plans to launch a new blockchain-based platform for companies to raise pre-IPO financing next year.

  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc in Tokyo

    MUFG reports 53% surge in quarterly profit

    Ticker | 01 August 2017

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group reported a 53% increase in first-quarter profit, led by gains from the sale of equity investments, lower bad-debt costs and higher gains from its overseas affiliates.

  • A logo of HSBC is displayed outside a branch at the financial Central district in Hong Kong, China.

    HSBC pledges more buybacks after profit rise

    Ticker | 31 July 2017

    HSBC is to buy back US$2bn of its shares after reporting a 5% rise in half-year profits, and said repurchases of its stock could become a regular feature in the future.

  • Profits up at Singapore banks

    People & Markets | 28 July 2017

    Two of Singapore’s big three banks last week reported solid profit gains in a sign that the city’s lenders may finally be overcoming the effects of last year’s commodities downturn.

  • China's CCB sets up debt-for-equity swap unit

    People & Markets | 28 July 2017

    China Construction Bank has become the first mainland bank to get China Banking Regulatory Commission approval to open a subsidiary to issue debt-for-equity swaps.

  • Noble accelerates asset sales

    People & Markets | 28 July 2017

    Noble Group is looking at selling off more assets to retire US$3bn in outstanding debt, while seeking a waiver from lenders on covenants for a loan due next year, the struggling Hong Kong-based commodities trader said last week.

  • Australia raises bank capital ratios

    People & Markets | 21 July 2017

    Australia’s big four banks breathed sighs of relief last week after the latest review of capital requirements dampened fears of a shortfall in their common equity ratios.

  • Liquidity concerns hit China stocks

    People & Markets | 21 July 2017

    China’s technology-focused ChiNext index plunged last week as fears mounted over tightening liquidity following President Xi Jinping’s pledge to reduce risks in the financial system.

  • A woman walks past the Essar headquarters building in Mumbai

    Essar loses appeal against insolvency proceedings

    Ticker | 18 July 2017

    An Indian court has rejected Essar Steel’s bid to block the start of insolvency proceedings, handing the central bank an important victory in its efforts to force banks to take action on bad debts.

  • RBS sells stake in China JV

    People & Markets | 14 July 2017

    Royal Bank of Scotland has agreed to sell its 33.3% stake in Chinese joint venture Hua Ying Securities to partner Guolian Securities for Rmb354m (US$52m).

  • A security guard walks past a directory board of Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong gets new bail-in powers

    People & Markets | 14 July 2017

    The Hong Kong Monetary Authority has been granted sweeping new powers to clean up ailing banks, bringing the city closer to international resolution standards in Europe and the US.

  • Morgan Stanley rejigs Asia top team

    People & Markets | 14 July 2017

    Morgan Stanley has made several changes to its investment banking leadership in Asia-Pacific.

  • MOVES-Morgan Stanley rejigs APAC IB leadership

    Ticker | 12 July 2017

    Morgan Stanley has made several changes to its investment banking leadership in Asia-Pacific.

  • A directory board of Hong Kong Monetary Authority

    Hong Kong enacts bail-in of bank creditors

    Ticker | 10 July 2017

    A law granting Hong Kong regulators the power to bail-in creditors of ailing banks came into effect on Friday, bringing the city closer to the international standards set by the Financial Stability Board.

  • MOVES-BNP Paribas appoints China CEO

    Ticker | 10 July 2017

    BNP Paribas has appointed Bing Chen CEO of its China business with immediate effect following the retirement of Peter Kwok.

  • China welcomes foreign rating agencies

    People & Markets | 07 July 2017

    China took another big step in the opening up of its capital markets to foreign investors last week as it issued formal guidelines for foreign agencies to rate onshore bonds.

  • Global banks regain China wallet share

    People & Markets | 07 July 2017

    China’s biggest banks consolidated their positions as the top earners in Asian investment banking in the first half of 2017, taking the top three slots in terms of fees earned in Asia, excluding Japan.

  • Metals scam hands ANZ 'substantial losses'

    People & Markets | 30 June 2017

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group suffered “substantial losses” after unearthing a metals trading scam afflicting its Asian commodities trading arm, in a case reminiscent of the Qingdao port scandal in 2014. 

  • Fitch downgrade deals Noble new blow

    People & Markets | 30 June 2017

    Tentative signs of a turnaround in Noble Group’s fortunes suffered a fresh setback last week when Fitch Ratings slashed the commodities trader’s credit rating to CCC, reminding investors of its deep-rooted problems.

  • 'Enigma' rout spurs calls for HK reform

    People & Markets | 30 June 2017

    A rout in more than a dozen interconnected Hong Kong stocks last week prompted calls for more reforms to improve corporate governance standards.

  • HSBC gets nod for China securities JV after long wait

    People & Markets | 30 June 2017

    HSBC has won approval for its securities joint venture in China, ending a 19-month wait to get the go-ahead to build a foothold to issue bonds in China, which the bank sees as an area of strong future growth.

  • HSBC finally gets approval for China securities JV

    Ticker | 30 June 2017

    HSBC has finally been given the go-ahead from the China Securities Regulatory Commission for its securities joint venture in China, becoming the first foreign bank to receive approval for a majority-owned JV in the mainland.

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