FinanceAsia Magazine

Issue: October 2013

Call to action

Alibaba’s decision to take its potentially $15 billion IPO elsewhere was a heavy blow to Hong Kong’s status as a global financial hub.

The Alibaba affair is only the most dramatic example of how Hong Kong’s IPO machine is breaking down, as our cover story documents.

The supply of giant state-backed Chinese IPOs is petering out. The remaining few are overpricing offerings and stuffing them with friends and family. Investors, who have been burnt too many times, are eschewing listings.

Our story outlines four ways local policymakers can revitalise Hong Kong as a top-tier destination for listings. But it can be summarised as: go for quality, not quantity. Companies with poor governance should be weeded out, and Hong Kong officials should cast the net wider: Southeast Asia offers plenty of fast-growing companies, and Hong Kong can offer more liquidity than Singapore.

Just as the Alibaba affair ought to accelerate reforms in Hong Kong, publishers must adapt to changes in technology and how readers digest our content. FinanceAsia is changing its look and feel, both in print and online.

Our print magazine delivers stories in a way that complements what we do in the digital world. While our website,, continues to deliver news on Asian issuers, intermediaries and investors, our magazine selects the most important themes deserving forward-looking insight.

Although the obvious thing about a redesign is its appearance, what counts is the way we use design to communicate our message to best serve our audience. We are adjusting our coverage to focus more on companies and dealmakers; to dissect the biggest and most important transactions; and to provide a range of opinion and views, both in house and from the industry.

What isn’t changing is our commitment to excellent financial journalism: telling interesting and relevant stories well. I welcome your feedback.



Alison Tudor-Ackroyd editor,
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About FinanceAsia Magazine

Established in 1996, FinanceAsia is the leading publisher of financial news in the Asia-Pacific region. Our combination of print and online products provide the latest news, analysis and insight into Asia’s financial markets.

Published monthly from our office in Hong Kong, FinanceAsia magazine provides our readers with the latest financial trends, interviews, features and investigative reports. The publication has a readership of key decision-makers at corporations, governments, investment and commercial banks, institutional investors, asset managers, brokers, traders and financial intermediaries.

Our regular sections include:

Data Story
We look at the key data behind a topical theme in Asian finance, showcased with an array of graphs and tables.

A monthly opinion column from the FinanceAsia editorial team. We provide our thoughts on a topic making the headlines.

Deal of the Month
Our regular two-page spread with its signature artwork and in-depth analysis examines the equity, debt or M&A deal that we feel has had the biggest impact on the Asian capital markets that month.

Investor Dialogue
For company CEOs and CFOs, what investors think is a critical concern, and in this column we help them understand just this. Each month we speak to a Chief Investment Officer of a top fund and outline their views on corporate governance, what stocks they like and where they expect to generate the best returns.

A monthly opinion piece from a respected author or commentator on Asian business, finance or economics.

People on the Move
Here we summarise the key hires, fires and moves at the region’s banks, highlighting at least one major move each month.

Deal Tracker
We examine the major primary markets deals of the month and comment on the quality of the debt or equity transaction and the secondary market performance.

The Arts of Finance
A light-hearted look at investment opportunities surrounding the arts business in Asia.


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