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Thursday, 18 January 2018

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  • A woman walks past the headquarters of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in Tokyo

    MOVES-Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ appoints corporate banking head in Manila

    Ticker | 17 January 2018

    Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, a subsidiary of Mitubishi UFJ Banking Group, has appointed Diana Coronel-Singson as head of global corporate banking for its Manila branch, effective today.

  • TPG Capital logo

    MOVES-TPG hires JPM banker in Australia

    Ticker | 16 January 2018

    Private equity firm TPG Capital has hired a senior investment banker from JP Morgan as it looks to ramp up deal activity this year in Australia.

  • StanChart

    StanChart sells stake in Vietnam's Asia Commercial Bank

    Ticker | 16 January 2018

    Standard Chartered has sold its 15% stake in Asia Commercial Bank, brining to an end its 12-year partnership with the Vietnamese bank.

  • nomura abenomics

    MOVES-Nomura grabs tech executive for top DCM job

    Ticker | 15 January 2018

    Guy Smith has joined Nomura as head of debt capital markets and acquisition and leveraged finance in Asia ex-Japan.

  • ANZ branch

    MOVES-ANZ appoints India markets head

    Ticker | 02 January 2018

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group has appointed Rohit Bhasin to a newly created role as head of markets for India, effective immediately.

  • Seeing double

    Seeing double

    All Special Reports | 15 December 2017

    Singapore and Hong Kong look poised to allow shares with weighted voting rights in a bid to attract more listings from the new economy. But will it change anything?

  • Fintech makeover for bond syndicate

    Fintech makeover for Asia bond syndicate

    People & Markets | 01 December 2017

    For all the promise of financial technology, the debt capital markets have so far proven a tough nut to crack.

  • KKR cuts stake in China's CICC

    People & Markets | 24 November 2017

    KKR has sold more than half its stake in China International Capital Corp for HK$1.52bn (US$194.6m).

  • Stuart Gulliver, Group Chief Executive of HSBC, attends China Development Forum in Beijing, China.

    Long wait ends for HSBC China JV

    People & Markets | 24 November 2017

    Chinese securities venture on track for December launch

  • CS hires 11 for Asia equity research

    People & Markets | 24 November 2017

    Credit Suisse has made 11 new hires for its Asia equity research team in Hong Kong as it looks to bolster research capabilities, particularly for China.

  • Credit Suisse

    MOVES-Credit Suisse hires 11 for Asia equity research

    Ticker | 22 November 2017

    Credit Suisse has made 11 new hires for its equity research team in Hong Kong as it looks to bolster research capabilities, particularly for China.

  • Top CICC pair exit ahead of IPO

    KKR cuts its stake in CICC

    Ticker | 21 November 2017

    KKR has sold more than half of its stake in China International Capital Corporation for HK$1.52bn (US$194.6m), according to a stock exchange filing.

  • Singapore futures track MSCI benchmarks

    People & Markets | 17 November 2017

    Singapore Exchange launched its first derivatives contracts offering exposure to multi-currency and multi-country emerging market indices last week.

  • StanChart hires for private debt distribution

    People & Markets | 17 November 2017

    Standard Chartered has strengthened its capital structuring and distribution group with several senior hires in recent months.

  • Index test looms for China bonds

    Index test looms for China bonds

    People & Markets | 17 November 2017

    China’s efforts to open its domestic bond market to foreign investors may soon be rewarded with inclusion in some of the world’s biggest debt indexes.

  • Koji Fujiwara, President and CEO of Mizuho Bank, core banking unit of Mizuho Financial Group, attends an interview with Reuters at the bank's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.

    Mizuho to slash jobs amid profit pressure

    People & Markets | 17 November 2017

    Mizuho Financial Group will slash its headcount by around a quarter in the next decade in an effort to shrink its cost base and boost dwindling profitability.

  • Strains appear for Australian banks

    People & Markets | 10 November 2017

    Australia’s big four banks are still earning record profits, mostly on modest lending growth and a focus on costs, but they are starting to feel the impact of cracks in the property market, heightened competition and an increased regulatory burden.

  • Singapore's DBS profit slumps on rising provisions

    People & Markets | 10 November 2017

    DBS Group Holdings took a hit on its earnings last quarter after raising net provisions in an attempt to cure its bad loan problems once and for all.

  • A logo of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) is seen on a foggy day in Jinan, Shandong province, China.

    China big banks post higher profits

    People & Markets | 03 November 2017

    Four of China’s big five banks reported higher quarterly profits, bouncing back after a difficult few years of shrinking margins and rising bad loans.

  • Australia's NAB to cut 6,000 staff

    People & Markets | 03 November 2017

    National Australia Bank said it will shed 6,000 jobs, joining a growing number of banks looking to cut staffing in the face of changes due to new technology.

  • HSBC profit up on Asia growth

    People & Markets | 03 November 2017

    HSBC’s pre-tax profit soared five-fold in the third quarter as its post-crisis restructuring comes to an end and the bank switches its attention to growth, led by its Asian business.

  • nomura abenomics

    Nomura's profit dips as trading income falls

    Ticker | 30 October 2017

    Nomura reported a 15% decline in second-quarter profit on Monday as a global decline in fixed-income trading weighed heavily on its earnings.

  • MOVES-Ex-JPM executive launches cryptocurrency hedge fund

    Ticker | 30 October 2017

    Anthony Wong, formerly head of JP Morgan’s institutional bank sales desk in Hong Kong, has launched a cryptocurrency hedge fund and blockchain advisory firm.

  • ANZ cuts costs and bad debts to grow profit

    People & Markets | 27 October 2017

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group posted an 18% rise in full-year cash profit as lower costs and an improvement in bad debts offset the impact of lacklustre revenue growth.

  • Resistance melts to HK dual-class shares

    People & Markets | 27 October 2017

    Plans to set up a new third board in Hong Kong were called into question last week after senior government figures signalled that dual-class shares could be introduced on the main board as long as investor safeguards were put in place.

  • ANZ

    ANZ shrinks costs, bad debts to grow profit

    Ticker | 26 October 2017

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group posted an 18% rise in full-year cash profit as lower costs and an improvement in bad debts offset the impact of lacklustre revenue growth.

  • 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.

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