Investment Banking Commentaries

13 Mar 2018
BY Ray Chou
This is now an inflection point for foreign asset managers as China vows to allow foreign players to take controlling stakes and operate domestically in the private securities fund management (PFM) and even mutual fund management markets.
8 Mar 2018
BY Alicia Garcia Herrero and Gary Ng
Chinese banks seem to have made meaningful progress in the resolution of problem loans.
21 Oct 2013
BY Sandeep Aggarwal
Indian banks are staring at the prospect of an increase in non-performing assets, mainly due to their large exposure to infrastructure sector.  Infra sector has been affected by govt.
29 Aug 2013
BY Simon Tong
Asian-based banks are aggressively expanding their Affluent/High Net Worth (HNW) banking value propositions in light of growing economic prosperity and affluence within the region.
31 Jul 2013
BY Rocky Scopelliti
Wealth management companies, like those in many other industries experiencing digital disruption, need to adapt quickly and pragmatically to determine their digital strategy.
25 Jul 2013
BY Patrick Hanna
Despite the global economic and regional political uncertainty leading to a cautious approach towards M&As, the financial services sector in Southeast Asia’s (SEA) developing markets has seen buoyant activity.
14 May 2013
Investment banking in Asia has been affected by weak earnings forecasts in the profits of targets (thus resulting in fewer large deals), increased capital adequacy regulation from regulators (so less liquidity they can put into deals which results in a reduced risk appetite for deals) and the general weak macro economy.
14 May 2013
BY Moorad Choudhry
“Basel III” is familiar as the outcome of the financial crash of 2008.
14 May 2013
BY Madalene Soon
Banks in Asia Pacific have traditionally processed corporate actions on an end-of-day or even a T+1 basis but due to market and regulatory changes, are looking to move to an intra-day process.
25 Apr 2013
BY Shekar Ganesh
By focusing on operational excellence, a path to creating value for their customers, banks could build customer loyalty, increase earnings while reducing fees charged to recover transaction costs.  If you look out the window of the banking industry, you will quickly realize that banks are focused more in creating wealth for their employees and shareholders and perhaps not working hard for creating value for their customers.
25 Apr 2013
BY Mobasher Zein Kazmi
In the recently concluded 5th BRICS Summit in Durban, South Africa proposals for a new BRICS led development bank were floated and discussed.
20 Feb 2013
BY Fran Thompson
Asia Pacific has overtaken North America for the first time as the region with the highest number of high net worth individuals (HNWI), 3.37 million in 2011, according to the latest World Wealth Report, jointly published by RBC Wealth Management and Capgemini, and this figure is set on an upward trend.
20 Feb 2013
BY Madalene Soon
Banks across Asia Pacific continue to wrestle with issues surrounding corporate actions processing.
2 Jan 2013
BY Ravishankar Iyer
Evolution of Financial Service Organizations Modern Financial Services organizations have become practically virtual.
6 Sep 2012
BY Ananda Gudimetla
Capital Markets are primarily driven by the exchange of Capital (in the form of cash or security) by those in need of Capital and by those offering it.
28 Jun 2012
BY Nick Quin
How often do you see someone tapping their feet to music from a walkman or speaking on a gigantic mobile phone that can no longer fit into a pocket?
4 Apr 2012
BY Mohit Mehrotra and Gaurav Arora
Key dynamics at play within the Asian prime services landscape.
2 Mar 2012
BY Carlo Minieri
Across Asia, investment fund transaction processing methods and distribution models differ markedly.
2 Feb 2012
BY David Zahn
Beyond the noise generated by the European sovereign debt crisis and the seemingly unending debate about reducing the U.S.
3 Nov 2011
BY Paul Aldrich
Despite a lack of confidence in US and European markets and economic activity, Asia remains a relatively positive environment for investment banks and the talent pool continues to remain tight.
4 Oct 2011
BY Alicia Garcia Herrero
Comparing Hong Kong with Singapore: Which one is larger?
2 Aug 2011
BY Christian Edelmann
Global regulators have proposed new liquidity and capital rules, known as Basel III, with the goal of reducing the likelihood of another financial crisis.
2 Aug 2011
BY Ka Shi Lau
While the fund industry witnessed a sharp fall following the financial tsunami in 2008, the impact of the global financial crisis (GFC) seems to have abated.
1 Jul 2011
BY Benoit Gabelle, Kari Pahlman, Kimberley Webb
The economic landscape is not looking very promising and transfer pricing audits are escalating in both intensity and frequency.
3 May 2011
BY Lisa O'Connor
A new wave of fitness training for investment operations is getting underway.
3 Feb 2011
BY Gary Lai
The Chinese banking sector continues to flourish and the number of hedge fund investors is increasing rapidly in the country on the back of its strong economic growth.
3 Feb 2011
BY Sim Wee Yang & Alan Lau
Back in the 2005, the Singapore Companies Act was amended to allow companies to hold its own shares in treasury.
3 Feb 2011
BY Jeffrey Chen and Laetitia Mergui
Several foreign private equity investors set up their investment vehicles in China in the form of "foreign-invested partnerships".
3 Jan 2011
BY Daniel Ginting, Nathaniel Mangunsong and Harun Reksodiputro
The recently issued "Merger Control Regulation" introduces new notification requirements for mergers, consolidations or acquisitions in Indonesia.