FinanceAsia Magazine

Issue: May 2012

Issue: May 2012

Last August we listed the 20 most powerful women in Asia’s financial markets in a cover story that is still frequently read online. This year, we cast the net further. We asked banks to list their top women in the region and then we looked at what types of jobs they filled. Not surprisingly, there were far more women in private banking, research, transaction banking, corporate communications and human resources than on trading floors. We look at reasons for this and how the landscape is changing so that a woman can not only make it in any role, but find a reasonable number of mentors for guidance.

Elsewhere in this issue we continue to cast a light on Europe, looking at what options its borrowers have in raising money. Given the scepticism for the continent, we’ve included a tongue-in-cheek essay on solutions for the eurozone.

As always, we have a smorgasbord of regional coverage: from a profile on UOB (Thai) to a look at how Korean corporations should step out on the world stage more as they have cash and strong management teams. We also update readers on the pilot programme in Wenzhou that finally recognises the importance of China’s shadow financial system, but fails to tackle the key issues. And we talk to a public relations specialist about China’s corporate image and how that impacts investor sentiment.

I hope you enjoy the issue.

Lara Wozniak, Editor
lara.wozniak@financeasia.com

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REGULARS

4
Deal of the month
Haitong Securities’ $1.67 billion IPO

6
Primary Markets
A summary of key equity and
debt deals

14
Bought and Sold
M&A transactions that stood out

18
Asia in Numbers
Offbeat numbers from the region

20
Month in Asia
Political and conomic news briefs

22
Investor Dialogue
Gigi Chan, manager of the Threadneedle China Opportunities Fund

24
People on the Move
News of the latest hires and moves

68
Reel Lessons
The Iron Lady

 

COVER STORY

26
What glass ceiling?
Women bankers talk about the barriers they face in the industry and how they are working to increase the number of female managing directors

32
Wanted: More women bankers
Headhunters explain the problems they encounter when trying to find senior women bankers for jobs


REPORT CHINA

34
Bringing light to shadow banking
A pilot scheme in Wenzhou finally recognises the importance of China’s shadow financial system, but fails to tackle the key issue

36
Clearing their name
Financial PR’s Kathy Zhang says savvy investors will find opportunities in China

 

REPORT EUROPE

54
Broadening horizons
Sovereigns are re-evaluating where to put their money in Europe

56
Getting creative
How can sovereigns win over nervous investors?

60
Rapid fluctuations frustrate investors in European sovereign bonds
Expect bond yields and sentiment to remain volatile

62
In denial
A solution to the financial crisis

 

FEATURES

44
Crouching trader hidden liquidity
Traders search for better pricing but is it a problem for liquidity?

48
Thankless task
Lack of coherence in the regulatory systems in Asia is frustrating the electronic trading community

50
The robot is coming to life
United Overseas Bank is making a grab for more market share in Thailand

52
Brunei’s exploration into new energy dynamic
Will the resources last?

64
Time for Korea Inc to spread its wings
Will political uncertainty constrain their ambitions?

66
Asia-Pacific Debt Investor Forum
Photos of the event

 

 

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.

Greenshoe
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.

Soapbox
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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