Asiamoney Issue Three 2019

Asiamoney Issue Three 2019

Financial institutions to watch in Asia

Asiamoney has spent the past two months interviewing the chief executives of the biggest, most important and most disruptive financial institutions in the region. These firms have already made history – next, they will make the future.

On the cover

Asian deals that define the decades

Asian deals that define the decades

Asiamoney has chosen three deals – across equity and debt markets, and M&A – from each of the past three decades since the magazine was launched; some are good, some are bad, but all have had an undeniable impact.

Surveys and awards

The banks that (almost) define BRI

The banks that (almost) define BRI

The Belt and Road Initiative began as a bold plan focused mainly on infrastructure investment, and while construction may still be the policy focus, banks are using BRI as a catch-all for a growing set of cross-border business opportunities.

Thailand

Thai bourse chief sets a new course

Pakorn Peetathawatchai, president of the Stock Exchange of Thailand, is determined to harness digital platforms and launch new products to create a model exchange for the region.

Indonesia

Indonesia pins its hopes on Jokowi 2.0

Indonesia pins its hopes on Jokowi 2.0

Can Indonesia’s likeable president find a way to boost growth, slash red tape, tackle the country’s image problem and draw in much-needed FDI now that he has secured a second five-year term?

Malaysia

Why 1MDB still troubles AmBank

Why 1MDB still troubles AmBank

Malaysia’s sixth-biggest bank was once eager to serve the country’s now disgraced former prime minister Najib Razak and his fugitive associate Jho Low. And then it all went wrong, as court cases in Kuala Lumpur reveal.

Philippines

The Philippines: Consing takes BPI in a new direction

The Philippines: Consing takes BPI in a new direction

Bank of the Philippine Islands is already one of the top corporate and investment banks in the archipelago; now CEO Cezar Consing wants the bank to focus on financial inclusion by expanding its microfinance, SME and consumer lending businesses.

Singapore

SGX: Singapore scrambles for listings

SGX: Singapore scrambles for listings

Its exchange was once buzzing with new listings – these days, the only IPOs that keep equity capital market bankers busy come from Reits. What can the city-state do to convince its best young firms to choose home over Hong Kong or New York?

Singapore: BNP Paribas hacks a digital path to growth

BNP Paribas’ Asia wealth management division was once a digital laggard, but thanks to its ‘design factory’ in Singapore, led by Vivien Jong, it is now a global leader, inventing ways to make the bank work better and more profitably.

Vietnam