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Thursday, 18 July 2019

Banking Asia’s Blue-Chips 2014

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  • People ride on a chair-o-plane at a park on May Day holiday in Hefei, Anhui province.

    Spinning off

    Companies have made good use of spinoffs in recent years to extract value from cash-rich assets, but the trend may decelerate as interest rates rise.

  • He Yide sits in a glider before flying a plane in Guan county, Hebei province. He, 5, piloted a plane, accompanied by his coach. The flight from Guan county to Beijing Wildlife Park at 150m high took around 35 minutes and landed successfully.

    Independents’ day

    Boutique firms are slowly finding success with the advisory model in Asia, but an independence from executing transactions and deal making has proved helpful to some companies.

  • Participants in a rocket competition cheer after their rocket was successfully launched during the rocket festival also known as  “Bun Bangfai” in Yasothon, north-east of Bangkok.

    Banking Asia’s Blue-Chips - Raising the bar

    Banking Asia’s Blue-Chips- Raising the bar Source: REUTERS/Chaiwat Su

  • Ramiro Hinojas, 47, a traffic enforcer, wears a Santa Claus costume as he directs traffic along a main street in Pasay city, metro Manila.

    Paradigm shift

    More Asian firms count overseas capital as an essential source of funding, both for ordinary operations and transformational acquisitions, and the growing number of frequent issuers is bringing greater sophistication to the region’s capital markets.

  • Jockey Douglas Whyte (C) riding Ambitious Dragon celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 2,000-metre Audemars Piguet QEII Cup Group One race at Shatin racetrack in Hong Kong.

    Making the grade

    The investor base in Asia is evolving along with its markets as international investors continue to show interest in the region.

  • Competitors move beads on Japanese traditional calculating tools called the soroban (abacus) during a soroban competition in English, in Tokyo.

    Global scale

    Credit ratings in Asia are here to stay even as the number of unrated bond offerings rises and more investors prefer to trust their own research after credit agencies failed them in the global financial crisis.

  • The latest version of “My Car”, an electric car made by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, is recharged in Hong Kong.

    Taking charge

    After years of working with investment banks, China Hongqiao Group has discovered commercial firms can better meet its needs.

  • Customers flock to buy gold accessories at a gold store in Taiyuan, Shanxi province.

    Advising the wise

    Bankers vying for business from Asia’s blue-chip companies understand that strong relationships depend on good advice and solid execution.