FinanceAsia's must-read stories of 2016

From job cuts in Asia's leading investment banks to political earthquakes from Europe to the Philippines, 2016 was not short of news.

With 2016 coming to an end, FinanceAsia has looked back over a year of work to pick out the stories that attracted the most interest from readers in the last year.

While much of the year was focused on political tremors on the far side of the world, FinanceAsia's list was dominated by a worry much closer to home for many of our readers - the future of the financial industry in the region and the wave of job cuts that sent a chill through the investment banking industry.

When our readers turned their attention to politics, they were as likely to contemplate controversial local leaders - like Malaysia's Najib Razak or new Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte - as to consider Donald Trump or the Brexit vote.

But in these changing times, some constants remain. The Hong Kong Sevens grabbed the attention of rugby-loving readers as FinanceAsia compared the best of the boxes. Join us in 2017 for more ...

 

January

 

 

Barclays bankers brace for job cuts in Asia

Widespread talk of imminent job cuts at the British bank has some senior bankers already looking for an exit.

 

February

 

Najib Razak: Asia's worst finance minister 2016

FinanceAsia launches its second ranking of the region's finance ministers. First up is the lowest ranked minister, who has faced a year of scandal and economic woe.

March

Asia's best managed companies: Part 1

FinanceAsia reveals the first batch of results from its annual poll to find Asia's best managed companies. Today: China, Taiwan and the Philippines.

 

April

 

Hong Kong Sevens in pictures

Take a peek inside the executive boxes at the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens.

 

May

 

Manulife returns with bigger S-Reit IPO

 

Canadian financial services group decided to press ahead with the listing of its US office portfolio in Singapore and is hoping for a second-time success.

 

 

June

 

Brexit: Expect the unexpected in Asia

Financial and psychological tremors likely to impact Asia beyond just trade links.

 

 

July

 

Cemex Philippines IPO tests Duterte effect

The Mexican cement producer plans to spin off its Philippine operations to repay short-term borrowings in first market test since new president was elected.

 

 

August 

 

Michael Kim: Godfather of Asian private equity 

One of Asia's founding private equity bankers outlines his hopes for the industry and eventual re-unification of his home country, Korea. 

September

Goldman to slash Asia ibank headcount by c.25% 

Job cuts imminent at the US investment bank amid a tough year in Asia's emerging markets. Other banks may follow suit as fierce competition from Chinese brokers bites.

October

Amid UBS probe, more banks in SFC's sights 

UBS could lose its Hong Kong corporate finance licence after a crackdown by the local regulator. But it will not be the only bank threatened with stiff penalties, according to a source familiar with the regulator’s plans.

November

UBS lets top Asia bond duo go

UBS lets veterans Paul Au and Patrick Liu go, reflecting a strategic shift in focus  towards building a trading-oriented platform in the secondary markets.

December

Goldman Sachs hits refresh in Asia 

Kate Richdale and Andrea Vella talk about how they are reshaping the firm, the thinking behind recent layoffs and their top insights into 2017 corporate finance trends. 

 

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