Asian investors and technology companies set the agenda in a busy year for Asian investment banking, and one bank capitalised on the trends, playing a leading role across markets and asset classes. For making the most of its universal platform, Citigroup is IFR Asia’s Bank of the Year.
In a year when growth in the US revived confidence in the global economy, it was the growth of Asia’s institutional investor base that drove the region’s capital markets forward.
Asia’s deepening savings pool and the rising sophistication of homegrown asset managers, insurers and pension funds were behind the defining themes of 2017.
Asian companies printed bigger deals at longer tenors and higher valuations, and hot IPOs in Hong Kong proved that the city could rival New York as a platform for high-growth stocks.