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Singaporean lender United Overseas Bank (UOB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea Housing Finance Corporation (KHFC) to collaborate on investment banking, environmental, social and governance (ESG) financing and treasury services. The Korean state-owned financial company aims to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia.
12 May 2022
HSBC has launched a US$1 billion fund for lending to female-owned businesses over the next 12 months. Along with the Female Entrepreneur Fund, the bank is also offering a programme to help female entrepreneurs scale and grow their businesses.
12 May 2022
New capabilities offer enhanced portfolio screening, regulatory taxonomies, GHG analytics
11 May 2022
The explosive growth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has opened up a new front in the broader climate crisis by threatening to offset the progress made in recent years toward decarbonization. For the technology to gain wider adoption over the long term, its proponents will have to get serious about reducing its energy usage
11 May 2022
Futu Securities International (Hong Kong), a tech-driven online brokerage and wealth management platform, has partnered with BNY Mellon Investment Management to launch a responsible investing model portfolio.
10 May 2022

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is providing its first loan to a non-bank financial institution (NBFI) in the Philippines, which will help women-owned small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) that have been severely affected by Covid-19.
6 May 2022
In 2021, total spending for energy transition attracted a record US$755 billion of investment, according to a report by BloombergNEF (BNEF), a research provider. Investment surged by 27%, the report notes, driven by electric transport. “However, spending must ramp up significantly to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century,” it says. BNEF estimates that US$2.1 trillion of investment is needed in the energy transition from 2022 to 2025.
2 May 2022
YTD inflows less than half of US$53.48 billion gathered last year
26 Apr 2022
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Shift to Covid co-existence will allow foreigners to fill booming tech sector vacancies
16 May 2022
Terraform Labs, the Korean-managed and Singapore-headquartered company, shuttered its Terra blockchain platform after the price of its Terra USD stablecoin and cryptocurrency Luna lost almost all their value, wiping out billions of dollars of wealth and rattling the global crypto market.
16 May 2022
Pandemic disruptions catalyst to improving tourism, agriculture, electronics, digital trade
13 May 2022
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Australia-based Peppermint Innovation has secured a licence to operate as an electronic money issuer (EMI) in the Philippines. In an announcement to the Australian Stock Exchange, Peppermint says the licence granted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will allow the company to deliver e-wallet services in the country through its bizmoto mobile application.
12 May 2022
Singapore accelerator aims to boost their knowledge of key region markets
12 May 2022
New capabilities offer enhanced portfolio screening, regulatory taxonomies, GHG analytics
11 May 2022
Private market exchange ADDX has listed on its digital platform a private equity fund of funds from Singapore-based Fullerton Fund Management.
11 May 2022
The explosive growth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies has opened up a new front in the broader climate crisis by threatening to offset the progress made in recent years toward decarbonization. For the technology to gain wider adoption over the long term, its proponents will have to get serious about reducing its energy usage
11 May 2022
European firms currently lack the scale and agility they need to compete with their US and Chinese counterparts. Wise policymakers would harness the cooperative momentum generated by the Ukraine war and embrace the transversal technologies that are crucial to the region’s future prosperity
6 May 2022
Malaysia has finally joined regional peers in the digital banking revolution, after its central bank announced last week that it will grant digital banking licences to five applicants. However, the new challengers are unlikely to shake up the banking sector, according to rating agency Fitch, which sees their path to financial viability to be “a long and trying ascent”.
6 May 2022
Treasury & Capital Markets
The Treasury Review Leaderboard 2022, CSI Value, this week features providers of working capital. This is the final published installment of the voice of the client, part of The Asset Awards 2022
17 May 2022
Banks in South Asia, MENA offer innovative, efficiency-boosting digital solutions
17 May 2022
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Terraform Labs, the Korean-managed and Singapore-headquartered company, shuttered its Terra blockchain platform after the price of its Terra USD stablecoin and cryptocurrency Luna lost almost all their value, wiping out billions of dollars of wealth and rattling the global crypto market.
16 May 2022
Pandora, the world’s largest jewellery brand by revenue, is investing US$100 million in a new crafting facility in Vietnam, a move aimed at supporting its long-term growth and making it more resilient to potential supply disruptions.
16 May 2022
Industrial Bank (Hong Kong) on May 11 priced a US$650 million green bond offering, with the use of proceeds intended to be aligned with the Common Ground Taxonomy (CGT).
14 May 2022
Société Générale has expanded its shipping finance team in Asia-Pacific by establishing a presence in Singapore, to foster closer affinity with its Southeast Asian clients and support their sustainability journeys. The bank has appointed Ting Zhang and Pierre Carassus as co-heads of shipping financing for Asia-Pacific, with immediate effect.
13 May 2022
Chainalysis, a New York-based blockchain analytics and cryptocurrency data provider, has raised announced US$170 million in a Series F funding round led by Singapore wealth fund GIC, bringing its valuation to US$8.6 billion.
13 May 2022
Singaporean lender United Overseas Bank (UOB) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea Housing Finance Corporation (KHFC) to collaborate on investment banking, environmental, social and governance (ESG) financing and treasury services. The Korean state-owned financial company aims to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia.
12 May 2022
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Arlington, Virginia-based AES, one of the world's leading power companies, and its Vietnamese partner PV Gas have secured a licence to build a US$1.4 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in southern Vietnam to support the country’s energy transition.
16 May 2022

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Sinosteel Cam, a subsidiary of Sinosteel Corporation, has signed an agreement for a US$700 million investment in an iron ore project in Cameroon.
11 May 2022
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Singapore-based Sembcorp Financial Services (SFS), a unit of Sembcorp Industries, has signed a five-year S$1.2 billion (US$864 million) syndicated sustainability-linked revolving credit facility.
11 May 2022
Alternative asset manager Apollo has invested US$750 million in senior secured private placement notes from Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), in a deal highlighting the current strong demand for large-scale infrastructure debt transactions.
11 May 2022
CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing, has secured a US$530 million unsecured syndicated term loan from BNP Paribas and other global financial institutions.
10 May 2022
HK Electric, one of the two electricity suppliers in Hong Kong, the other being China Light & Power, plans to develop an offshore wind farm southwest of Lamma Island in support of the government's goal of achieving net-zero electricity generation and carbon neutrality by 2050.
10 May 2022
Société Générale has announced new appointments within its natural resources and infrastructure division in Asia-Pacific. Lan Yang is the new head of natural resources & infrastructure for Asia-Pacific, while Stephen Krust is the new head of the energy group for the region.
5 May 2022
Daewoo Gas has signed a master engineering, procurement construction and financing (EPCF) contract with China National Chemical Engineering Construction Company (CNCEC), to set up an offshore LNG terminal in Pakistan. The project envisages transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) on trucks and bowsers loaded with ISO tanks rather than through a pipeline system.
4 May 2022
KKR has launched a renewable energy platform in Singapore to develop, build, and operate solar, wind and energy storage projects in Taiwan and Vietnam, with a view to expanding to other markets in Asia.
4 May 2022
PT Vale Indonesia and Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt have signed a framework cooperation agreement (FCA) for developing a high-pressure acid leaching (HPAL) nickel processing facility in Sulawesi.
4 May 2022
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Value Partners has appointed Otto Choi as senior director for institutional business, effective May 16. Based in Hong Kong, he reports to the group’s president, June Wong.
16 May 2022

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Société Générale has expanded its shipping finance team in Asia-Pacific by establishing a presence in Singapore, to foster closer affinity with its Southeast Asian clients and support their sustainability journeys. The bank has appointed Ting Zhang and Pierre Carassus as co-heads of shipping financing for Asia-Pacific, with immediate effect.
13 May 2022
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Société Générale has announced new appointments within its natural resources and infrastructure division in Asia-Pacific. Lan Yang is the new head of natural resources & infrastructure for Asia-Pacific, while Stephen Krust is the new head of the energy group for the region.
5 May 2022
First Sentier Investors (FSI) has appointed Marcus Ong as director, institutional business, of its Singapore distribution team. He reports to Christy Goh, head of distribution, Southeast Asia.
5 May 2022
Ashurst has appointed Jean Woo as managing partner of its Singapore office. She is a partner in the global finance division. Woo joined the law firm as an associate in the Singapore office and rose through the ranks to become a partner in 2017
4 May 2022
Sean Ma has decade of experience in securities, futures, fintech-related sectors
4 May 2022
Robeco has announced new appointments to strengthen its sustainable investing team in Singapore. Ghislaine Nadaud has been named as senior sustainable investing specialist and Rinchen Choegyal as senior sustainable investing research analyst. Also, Laura Bosch Ferreté has relocated from Rotterdam to take on the role of sustainable investing specialist.
4 May 2022
RBC Wealth Management, part of Royal Bank of Canada, has announced new senior executives ahead of the retirement of Michael (Mike) Reed, head of wealth management, Southeast Asia. With Reed’s retirement in mid-June, Nick Chan currently head of private banking, North Asia, will take on a broader remit to lead the firm’s sales and relationship teams across Hong Kong and Singapore.
4 May 2022
Credit Suisse has announced two senior appointments in investment banking and capital markets (IBCM) and equities franchises in Australia. Karla Wynne has been promoted to head of consumer, retail & healthcare, IBCM, while Tim Usasz has been promoted to head of equity syndicate, both in Australia.
3 May 2022