Posts tagged as: Japan

All quiet on the Eastern front

3rd March 2015

There seems to be no end in sight for the Asian ECM bout of depression. Above all, it’s been a pretty miserable year so far for IPOs, in sharp contrast to new listings activity in other parts of the world.

Crouching tiger vs. Hidden Dragon?

7th August 2014

As Hong Kong’s financial marketplace becomes increasingly reliant on the Chinese mainland for its IPOs, Singapore’s big opportunity perhaps lies with international issuers – and those from Southeast Asia in particular.

HK investors give foreign issuers cold shoulder

13th March 2014

Fast Retailing, the Japanese owner of fashion brands Uniqlo, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse tam.tam, listed depository receipts in Hong Kong on March 5.

PICC deal shows Japan on the POWL

10th December 2012

Amid particularly tense Sino-Japanese relations, the US$3.1 billion IPO of mainland insurer PICC Group is all the more remarkable in that it included a rare tranche, solely targeted at Japanese investors.

Stock repurchases not the best way to use capital

26th September 2011

The past few weeks have seen widespread announcements of share buy-backs, as companies, often with net cash balances, take advantage of a depressed market to pick up cheap stock.

Baroque Japan should put IPO plans on ice

12th August 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – Japanese fashion retailer Baroque Japan Ltd. is eyeing an IPO of up to US$300 million in Hong Kong, through CLSA and UBS. It may perhaps be better advised to wait until its international store network becomes wider, and the brand more mature.

Lost in translation? A close look at Japanese POWLs

9th March 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – Public offerings without listing (POWLs) have for a decade been used to channel Japanese retail financial assets – about half of which are held in the form of cash in bank or post office deposits – towards international primary equity offerings. But do POWLs as they stand really add value to new issues?

Listing in an increasingly polarized world

18th February 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – It’s been an eventful week in the otherwise cozy world of stock exchanges. But to what extent will the latest round of M&A benefit ECM bankers who underwrite stock offerings for their clients?



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These include particularly remarkable transactions, changes in market practice (whether pertaining to documentation, valuation or marketing techniques) and regulations, as well as appointments in the sphere of equity capital markets (ECM).

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