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Nearly two-thirds (63%) of investors globally prefer to use active funds to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles into their portfolios, with equities (80%) over bonds (58%) being the most popular asset classes to gain ESG exposure, according to a new study. ESG adoption is now widespread, with the proportion of ESG users jumping to 89%, from 84% in 2021, Capital Group says in its ESG Global Study 2022. Asia-Pacific (APAC) saw the largest increase in ESG users of any region (to 88% from 81% in 2021).
18 May 2022
Ellie Tang hire part of move to embed ESG across firm’s entire capabilities
18 May 2022
Asian fixed-income market plays crucial role in financing transition to sustainable future
18 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
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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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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TechTalk
The recent collapse of the Terra stablecoin and its associated token Luna highlights the risks of investing in cryptocurrency. Investments worth billions of dollars were wiped out almost overnight after the algorithmic system supporting the crypto pair crumbled. For PGIM, the investment management business of Prudential Financial, the latest blow to crypto investing supports its view that cryptocurrency is a “portfolio kryptonite” that offers little benefit to an institutional investor while adding considerable volatility and risk.
19 May 2022
Facility aims to support CREI in improving local community connectivity, meeting data traffic needs
19 May 2022
Asean leaders in US for summit pitch EV maker for partnerships, investment
18 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
Pandemic disruptions catalyst to improving tourism, agriculture, electronics, digital trade
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
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
Treasury & Capital Markets
As part of The Asset’s Triple A Treasury, Trade, SSC and Risk Management Awards 2022 programme, the board of editors actively engaged with market stakeholders in the region, listening and comprehending how they were able to support growth and, more importantly, improve the customer experience of users of their respective platforms.
19 May 2022
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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
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
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The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the government of Bangladesh have signed a US$200 million on-lending facility to Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) to finance infrastructure projects in the South Asian country.
18 May 2022

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Argentine wind farm operator Luz de Tres Picos has raised US$77.5 million in an offering of green bonds to fund the construction of two wind farms.
18 May 2022
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Chinese wind turbine maker and project developer Xinjiang Goldwin Science & Technology has signed loan facilities totalling US$270 million to refinance a group of wind farms in Argentina.
18 May 2022
Alternative investment firm PAG, through funds managed by its real assets group, has agreed to acquire First Solar’s project development and operations platforms in Japan, which represent one of the largest solar pipelines in the country. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal creates one of the country’s largest renewable energy platforms with over 600MW of capacity.
17 May 2022
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
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
A partnership between Zhejiang-based Chint Solar and German firm Intec Energy Solutions has won the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to build the largest solar power plant in Romania. Once commissioned, the plant is expected to provide solar energy for up to 100,000 homes and eliminate about 160,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.
11 May 2022
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
On The Move
ARA Asset Management has appointed David Blight as chief investment officer of its private funds division, ARA Private Funds. The appointment follows ARA’s recent acquisition by ESR Group in a landmark deal creating one of the largest real estate managers with combined assets under management of over US$140 billion.
20 May 2022
Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management and Los Angeles-headquartered Oaktree Capital Management have expanded their global wealth team to meet the growing demand for alternative investment solutions.
20 May 2022
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Simon Lints has 30 years of wealth management, financial services experience
19 May 2022
Ellie Tang hire part of move to embed ESG across firm’s entire capabilities
18 May 2022
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
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
Franklin Templeton has appointed Nor Hanifah Hashim as head of Malaysia business, replacing Avinash Satwalekar who has been named president of the firm’s India business.
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
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