The last few months saw two major investment banks, Deutsche Bank and my erstwhile employer Nomura, faced with increasing difficulties, and actively engaging in paring much of their businesses amid mounting losses. read
Just as Hong Kong has taken over from Japan as the second largest stock exchange in Asia (behind Shanghai), and as larger and better performing IPOs show renewed confidence on the part of investors in the city, Singapore’s primary markets have quietly (and rather worryingly) gone off the grid.
HKEX just released its strategic plan for the next three years, painting itself as the “global markets leader in the Asian time zone”. read
I turn my attention to one of the ECM world’s best-guarded secrets: the profits banks can make from stabilisation.
What once looked like a healthy and steady pipeline of IPOs across Europe and the US has evaporated in a flash. read
Perhaps as a teaser for its New Year resolutions, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange recently published the findings of its latest review of listed issuers’ corporate governance practices, in addition to updated guidance material on environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting. read
Clawback columnist Philippe Espinasse says the latest proposals by Hong Kong’s Law Society could spell bad news for international securities lawyers in the city. read
At the end of last month, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange published a consultation paper seeking feedback on a proposed suspension requirement for listed companies with a “disclaimer or adverse audit opinion on their financial statements”. read