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  • SFC bans ex-StanChart IPO banker

    HK bans ex-StanChart IPO banker

    People & Markets | 20 July 2018

    Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission has banned a former Standard Chartered banker from re-entering the industry for three years following its probe into the 2009 China Forestry IPO.

  • HSBC fined over Hong Kong bond sales

    People & Markets | 20 July 2018

    Hong Kong’s securities regulator has fined HSBC HK$9.6m (US$1.2m) for “systemic deficiencies” in its bond selling practices in a rare enforcement action involving debt investments.

  • A traffic light shines red near the HSBC bank logo in Paris

    HSBC fined over "systemic deficiencies" in bond sales

    Ticker | 20 July 2018

    Hong Kong’s securities regulator has fined HSBC HK$9.6m (US$1.2m) for “systemic deficiencies” in its bond selling practices.

  • A woman walks down the stairs of the Standard Chartered headquarters in Hong Kong.

    SFC bans former StanChart banker for three years over 2009 IPO

    Ticker | 18 July 2018

    Hong Kong’s securities regulator has banned former Standard Chartered banker Joseph Hsu from re-entering the industry for three years following a probe into the bank’s sponsorship of a 2009 IPO.

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

    HKEx reaches "consensus" over inclusion of DCS in Stock Connect

    Ticker | 18 July 2018

    Hong Kong’s bourse said it had “reached a consensus” with its counterparts in China over the inclusion of companies with dual-class shares in both Stock Connect schemes, just days after the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges said they would exclude such companies.

  • Ex-Jefferies Asia CEO jumps to blockchain

    People & Markets | 13 July 2018

    Michael Alexander, previously Jefferies’ most senior banker in Asia, has joined Block.one, the company behind the world’s fifth largest cryptocurrency, as chief executive officer of its venture capital arm.

  • Hong Kong relaxes more rules for internet IPOs

    People & Markets | 13 July 2018

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing has relaxed several of its listing criteria for internet companies seeking admission to the main board as part of its ongoing efforts to attract more new economy firms to the city.

  • CCBI fined for Hong Kong IPO lapses

    People & Markets | 13 July 2018

    Hong Kong’s securities regulator has slapped CCB International with a HK$24m (US$3.1m) fine over its role as sponsor of the planned IPO of Chinese food and beverage company Fujian Dongya Aquatic Products in 2014.

  • People walk past a branch of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) in Tokyo, Japan.

    MUFG steps up ASEAN focus

    People & Markets | 13 July 2018

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is making a big bet on commercial banking in South-East Asia to fuel its international expansion as it edges closer to increasing its stake in Indonesia’s Bank Danamon.

  • Customers line up inside a Bank of China branch at the financial Central district in Hong Kong, China.

    Global banks set pace in Asian IB fees

    People & Markets | 06 July 2018

    Global banks clung on to their share of Asia investment banking revenues in the first half of 2017 after the worst second quarter in four years for overall fees.

  • Deutsche APAC equities head quits

    People & Markets | 06 July 2018

    Deutsche Bank’s Asia-Pacific equities head James Boyle has resigned, two years after he was brought in to help rebuild the bank’s formerly dominant global markets division.

  • Goldman rapped over Australia block

    Goldman rapped over Australia block

    Top News | 06 July 2018

    Bankers in Australia are feeling increasingly nervous about their handling of share placements after the country’s corporate regulator penalised Goldman Sachs over its role as underwriter of a block trade in 2015.

  • India urges AIIB to lend more

    People & Markets | 29 June 2018

    The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank should increase lending tenfold within two years to help the region meet its investment needs faster, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the third annual meeting of the multilateral lender in Mumbai.

  • JP Morgan to grow China IB headcount by 40%–50%

    People & Markets | 29 June 2018

    JP Morgan plans to grow its China investment banking headcount by 40%–50% over the next two to three years as it gears up to win more business once it receives the go-ahead for a majority-owned securities joint venture.

  • Australia's CBA appoints six top executives

    People & Markets | 29 June 2018

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia has made six appointments to its depleted executive committee as Australia’s largest bank looks to rebuild after a difficult year.

  • An SGX sign is pictured at Singapore's stock exchange .

    Singapore introduces weighted voting rights

    People & Markets | 29 June 2018

    Singapore Exchange ushered in new rules last week allowing companies with dual-class shares to list in the city, despite criticism that the rules carried insufficient investor protection and would not help attract issuers away from Hong Kong.

  • DBS

    DBS to launch China securities joint venture

    Ticker | 28 June 2018

    DBS Group is set to become the latest foreign bank to enter the securities industry in China following the relaxation of rules around ownership.

  • JPM

    JP Morgan to grow China IB headcount by 40%–50%

    Ticker | 28 June 2018

    JP Morgan plans to grow its China investment banking headcount by 40%–50% over the next two to three years as it gears up to win more business once it receives the go-ahead for a majority-owned securities joint venture.

  • A man leaves the Commonwealth Bank of Australia building in central Sydney

    MOVES-CBA appoints six top executives

    Ticker | 25 June 2018

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia chief executive Matt Comyn today announced six appointments to the bank’s depleted executive committee as Australia’s largest lender looks to rebuild after a difficult year.

  • Australia cartel case prompts ANZ, ASX changes

    People & Markets | 22 June 2018

    JP Morgan Australia and New Zealand chairman Robert Priestley has resigned from the board of the Australian Securities Exchange, saying a criminal case involving a share placement the bank worked on could become a distraction.

  • Fintech twist for DCM legal terms

    People & Markets | 22 June 2018

    Financial technology start-up Origin said it is trialling software to automate the drafting of final terms for bond issuances.

  • Mitsubishi UFJ Securities

    MUFG steps up its ambitions

    Top News | 22 June 2018

    At a time when many Western banks are still scaling back their global footprint, Japan’s MUFG is stepping up its international ambitions, led by some punchy targets for its capital markets activities.

  • JP Morgan

    MOVES-JPM Australia chairman leaves ASX board over cartel case

    Ticker | 19 June 2018

    JP Morgan Australia and New Zealand chairman Robert Priestley has resigned from the board of the Australian Securities Exchange, saying a criminal case involving a share placement the bank worked on could become a distraction.

  • People pass by the logo of Standard Chartered plc at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    StanChart eyes two Asian hubs

    People & Markets | 15 June 2018

    Standard Chartered is looking at consolidating its Asian businesses in two main hubs in Hong Kong and Singapore as it continues to streamline its operations.

  • Commuters walk past an ANZ bank branch in Sydney, Australia.

    Cartel charges rock Australia's capital markets

    Top News | 08 June 2018

    Australia’s capital markets community is reviewing its approach to equity offerings after the competition watchdog filed criminal charges over alleged cartel behaviour following a 2015 share placement.

  • Credit Suisse fined after Asia hiring probe

    People & Markets | 08 June 2018

    Credit Suisse has agreed to pay a US$47m penalty following a US Department of Justice probe over its hiring practices in Asia-Pacific between 2007 and 2013.

  • Australia's CBA looks to turn page after record fine

    People & Markets | 08 June 2018

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia last week agreed to the biggest fine in the history of the country’s banking sector as it finally drew a line under money-laundering charges that have taken a toll on its reputation and share price.

  • HSBC

    MOVES-HSBC names Henderson, McNelis APAC DCM co-heads

    Ticker | 08 June 2018

    HSBC has appointed Sean Henderson and Sean McNelis co-heads of debt capital markets for Asia Pacific, effective immediately.

  • UBS

    MOVES-UBS appoints Asia DCM syndicate co-heads

    Ticker | 08 June 2018

    UBS has appointed Kevin Cui and Terry Schmassmann co-heads of Asia debt capital markets syndicate.

  • Deutsche Bank headquarters

    Ex-Deutsche banker facing cartel charges in Australia placed on leave

    Ticker | 08 June 2018

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch has placed its head of Australia global capital markets Michael Richardson on leave amid allegations that he engaged in criminal cartel conduct in a previous role at Deutsche Bank.

  • Two juvenile kangaroos dance around each other as they fight in Namagi National Park near Australia's capital city Canberra.

    Australia charges bankers with cartel offences

    Ticker | 05 June 2018

    Australia’s competition watchdog has hit several current and former Citigroup and Deutsche Bank executives with criminal cartel charges as part of its action over Australia and New Zealand Banking Group’s share placement in 2015.

  • Hong Kong gets tough on delistings

    People & Markets | 01 June 2018

    Hong Kong’s bourse is introducing tougher delisting rules, in a nod to investors who have long bridled over the length of share suspensions in the city.

  • Early days for Barclays in Australia

    People & Markets | 01 June 2018

    Barclays is looking to add coverage bankers in Australia, where it recently reopened an office after shutting down its presence on the ground two years ago.

  • The MSCI logo.

    MSCI eyes next move for China stocks

    People & Markets | 01 June 2018

    MSCI expects to raise the weighting of Chinese A-shares in its benchmark emerging markets index in “fewer and larger steps”, its president said last week, as the landmark inclusion of mainland-listed stocks went off without a hitch.

  • Australian banks step up Asia asset sales

    People & Markets | 25 May 2018

    Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Commonwealth Bank of Australia are offloading more assets in Asia, continuing the pull-back of Australia’s big four banks in the region.

  • Singapore plots Indian derivatives despite court battle

    People & Markets | 25 May 2018

    Singapore Exchange is ploughing ahead with plans to launch new Indian equity derivative products despite an injunction from the Bombay High Court.

  • People walk under an electronic board showing stock information at the Shanghai Stock Exchange in Lujiazui Financial Area before the visit of Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in Shanghai, China.

    London plans GDRs for Shanghai Connect

    People & Markets | 25 May 2018

    UK-based investors will soon be able to trade global depositary receipts issued by Chinese companies under plans for the long-awaited London-Shanghai Stock Connect scheme.

  • UBS logo

    MOVES-UBS appoints heads of new Greater China IB team

    Ticker | 24 May 2018

    UBS has merged its Greater China investment banking teams, shortly after applying for majority ownership of its mainland securities joint venture.

  • Nomura rolls out Singapore booking hub

    People & Markets | 18 May 2018

    Nomura is setting up a booking hub for derivatives trades in Singapore, joining a growing cohort of banks examining alternatives to London for their Asian businesses.

  • A woman walks past a signboard of MUFG Bank in Tokyo, Japan.

    Japan's MUFG revamps in global push

    People & Markets | 18 May 2018

    Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group will implement a major revamp as it looks to increase earnings from corporate and investment banking overseas by more than a half over the next three years.

  • Australia CBA's CFO flees to fintech

    People & Markets | 18 May 2018

    The surprise departure of Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s chief financial officer has cast further doubt over the bank’s leadership, leaving new CEO Matt Comyn needing to fill half the positions on the bank’s executive committee.

  • Office ladies walk past the logo of Citigroup at the Citibank tower in Hong Kong.

    Hong Kong's SFC fines Citigroup over Real Gold IPO

    Ticker | 17 May 2018

    Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission has fined Citigroup HK$57m (US$7.26m) for due diligence failings on the 2009 listing of Chinese mining company Real Gold Mining, in the city’s latest penalty for an IPO sponsor.

  • Hong Kong stiffens capital-raising rules

    People & Markets | 11 May 2018

    Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing has introduced tougher capital-raising rules in an effort to bolster safeguards for investors and clamp down on market abuse.

  • Nomura Holdings' Chief Executive Officer Koji Nagai speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, Japan.

    JP Morgan, Nomura join China JV queue

    People & Markets | 11 May 2018

    JP Morgan and Nomura have set their sights on new securities joint ventures in China, adding to a renewed push among international banks following an easing of restrictions in the mainland.

  • JPM

    JP Morgan applies for majority-owned Chinese securities JV

    Ticker | 11 May 2018

    JP Morgan has applied to set up a majority-owned securities joint venture in China, according to a statement from the China Securities Regulatory Commission, becoming the third international bank to take advantage of a recent loosening of rules on foreign shareholdings.

  • Barclays bank

    MOVES-Barclays adds Asian equities head

    Ticker | 08 May 2018

    Barclays has hired former Credit Suisse managing director Matt Pecot as head of equities for Asia Pacific.

  • nomura abenomics

    Nomura joins China JV queue

    Ticker | 08 May 2018

    Nomura plans to launch a securities joint venture in China, becoming the latest international bank to take advantage of an easing of restrictions on foreign ownership in the mainland.

  • Nomura back in the red overseas

    People & Markets | 27 April 2018

    Nomura’s international business fell back into the red in the year ending March 31, reversing a gain a year earlier that had marked the Japanese investment bank’s first overseas profit in seven years.

  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd Chief Executive Charles Li speaks during an interview by Reuters in Hong Kong, China.

    Hong Kong welcomes new IPO era

    People & Markets | 27 April 2018

    Hong Kong bourse chief executive Charles Li declared the city “open for business” last week after the exchange formally ushered in controversial rules to allow shares with weighted voting rights.

  • Pedestrians are reflected on a window outside a Nomura Securities branch in Tokyo

    Nomura's international business slips back into the red

    Ticker | 26 April 2018

    Nomura’s international business fell back into the red in the year ending March 31, reversing a gain a year earlier that had marked the Japanese investment bank’s first overseas profit in seven years.

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