Women in finance: Nor Masliza Sulaiman

As the head of global capital markets at CIMB, Nor Masliza Sulaiman's remit spans bonds, equity and equity-linked products, with a specialisation in Islamic finance.

Nor Masliza Sulaiman, formerly the head of debt capital markets for CIMB, is at the helm of the bank’s new global capital markets unit.

With more than 17 years of experience in Asean debt markets, she oversees the origination, execution, and syndication of bonds and also manages equity and equity-linked transactions plus loans.

Being one of the pioneers of the ‘Islamic Profit Swap’ — an agreement to exchange profit rates between a fixed and floating rate party or vice versa under shariah law — she’s an expert in Islamic finance and has executed landmark deals.

Under her guidance, CIMB was one of the global coordinators of the Government of Malaysia’s $2 billion dual-tranche Islamic bond in 2011, the largest dual-tranche global sovereign dollar sukuk. She also spearheaded Hong Kong and the UK’s inaugural sukuk issuances last year.

Sulaiman is the chairperson of the Asia Pacific Loan Markets Association in Malaysia.

FinanceAsia’s 2015 honour roll of the most influential women across the Asia Pacific region spans investment and commercial bankers.

Published as a feature in the July / August 2015 print edition of FinanceAsia, the series also presents leading women in new areas of finance such as fintech where Asian companies are among the fastest-growing in the world.

We also canvassed corporate financiers for exceptional women working in deal advisory including lawyers and accountants. In the process of researching the series, we found evidence of progress in creating more diverse workplaces in the region.

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