Christopher Chu

Will an airline company ever be able to IPO again?

Amid an unprecedented level of flight reductions, a plummet in demand, and desperate capital raising exercises, expect airline IPO’s to remain grounded as the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes the industry. We review how many are finding ways just to stay alive.
March 30, 2020

How to win at an IPO in the middle of a global meltdown

As more choose to communicate online rather than conduct face-to-face meetings amid the COVID-19 pandemic, InnoCare Pharma’s successful virtual IPO shows that investors can get the message and many of them are very willing to pay.
March 24, 2020

Why Yes Bank’s bailout has panicked markets

State Bank of India’s agreement to buy Yes Bank stems from the central bank’s aspiration to maintain trust in the country’s financial system. However, as bank share prices and deposits fall, not everyone is reassured.
March 22, 2020

Why a merger between Grab and Gojek is unlikely (for now)

A Grab-Gojek consolidation has always been the talk of the town, given overlapping business similarities, but never taken seriously – until now. There are two outcomes that seem the most likely, but an M&A is not one of them.
March 11, 2020

Will LIC be the Saudi Aramco of India?

As India’s government is under pressure to shore up its ailing balance sheet, it has identified a handful of state assets to sell. The Life Insurance Corporation of India offers the most lucrative opportunity, but how international investors respond when they look under the hood is key.
February 18, 2020

The Philippine REIT experiment will start with Ayala Land, but challenges lay ahead

After years of regulatory horse trading with the market, one of the Philippines' highest profile companies is set to list the country’s first ever REIT. In what is seen as a huge shift in sentiment to the asset class, the country’s high-grade real estate market is, however, under strain from global economic shifts.
February 12, 2020

Why Gojek’s small stake has big implications for Asean’s unicorns

Extending the ‘growth at any cost’ model is over, as backers call for investments that deliver profits faster. Gojek’s reported cash injection into Indonesia’s Blue Bird Taxi has the potential to flip the script on the region’s biggest private companies.
February 10, 2020