China: Backtracking on reforms not an option

China: Backtracking on reforms not an option

The opening up of the Chinese financial sector to majority foreign ownership is an important and strategic move, but the guidelines curtailing banking sector liberalization make it look like one step forward, two steps back.

Asian green lending needs a big push

Asian green lending needs a big push

A novel green loan for Singapore-listed Wilmar has highlighted the dearth of such ESG-based borrowings in Asia, but now that the agribusiness company has provided a template, the onus is on banks and borrowers to push for change in the region.

Japan's megabanks must venture abroad

Japan's megabanks must venture abroad

The country’s lenders face depressing conditions in their home market, with negative interest rates, razor-thin net interest margins and an ageing population.

Barclays in Japan: Double impact

Barclays in Japan: Double impact

Two former debt bankers – one a globetrotter, the other a lifelong Japan specialist – head Barclays’ Japanese investment banking business and present a formidable double act.

Seoul suffers as Woori woes spread

Seoul suffers as Woori woes spread

Within the space of a few weeks, Woori Bank, South Korea’s second-largest lender, was slammed in parliament, lost a chief executive and prompted an investigation into hiring practices that may suck in the entire financial industry.

Malaysia: 1MDB casts a long shadow

Malaysia: 1MDB casts a long shadow

This is the third year of the drama: as the government desperately tries to untangle its controversial fund before elections are called, Malaysians are asking who’s really paying to clean up the mess.

Viet Capital blazes a trail

Viet Capital blazes a trail

While foreign investment banks await Vietnam’s promotion to full MSCI emerging-market status, local investment bank Viet Capital Securities is wasting no time, setting records in its home market with some of the biggest share sales in years.

New Silk Road Finance Awards 2017: Results index

New Silk Road Finance Awards 2017: Results index

Through the internationalization of the renminbi, capital markets activity, mergers and acquisitions and the funding of some remarkable projects, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has taken root in financial markets.

Asiamoney Corporate Client Choice Awards 2017

Asiamoney Corporate Client Choice Awards 2017

We asked corporate treasury officials across Asia to rank their banking partners for quality of execution capabilities and quality of relationship in six key business areas: capital markets, cash management, credit, rates, foreign exchange and trade finance, creating a total of 12 categories in each country covered.

Cleaner books in China's rustbelt

Cleaner books in China's rustbelt

In a rare meeting with foreign media, two banks in Changchun, Bank of Jilin and Jilin JiuTai Rural Commercial Bank talk about shadow banking, toeing the Beijing party line and why a stockmarket listing in Hong Kong can be a poisoned chalice.

The battle for Bank of East Asia

The battle for Bank of East Asia

Elliott Management’s court case against Sir David Li’s Bank of East Asia pits the aggressive new world of activist investment against one of Hong Kong’s most venerable institutions.