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Thursday, 18 April 2019

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  • Paragliders fly in the sky attempting to break a record in Gunung Payung, Badung regency, Bali, Indonesia.

    IFR Asia Outlook for Asian Credit Roundtable 2019: Clearer skies

    The skies have cleared, and Asian credit is on a roll. After the end of 2018 produced one of the stormiest periods in years, the retreat of major headwinds has helped cement a solid backdrop for Asian bonds at the start of 2019. The US Federal Reserve has slammed the brakes on monetary tightening, trade tensions have subsided for now, and market stability has become a top priority for China as it wrestles with deleveraging its economy.

  • IFR Asia Outlook for Asian Credit Roundtable 2019: Part 1

    IFR ASIA: Welcome everyone to IFR’s roundable on Asian credit. We’re here to find out what is driving this robust rally in Asian credit. How long will it last, and what are the challenges this growing market faces? The pace of this rally has been really surprising for market participants, even the most optimistic of us. KJ, what do you think?

  • IFR Asia Outlook for Asian Credit Roundtable 2019: Part 2

    Morgan Lau, Fidelity: The Chinese economy is really, really big, with a lot of people of various wealth and education levels, so it’s going to take some time to reform.

  • Thailand Capital Markets Deal

    Thai Beverage’s Bt77bn (US$2.3bn) seven-tranche offering made history as Thailand’s largest corporate bond, proving that South-East Asia’s biggest local bond market can support even the most audacious of acquisitions.

  • Thailand Bond House

    The baht-denominated bond market powered ahead in 2018 with record corporate issues and landmark REIT deals, and Kasikornbank was in pole position, well ahead of its competitors.

  • Taiwan Capital Markets Deal

    The State of Qatar’s US$6bn 30-year Formosa bond offering highlighted the diversification benefits and depth of demand in the Taiwanese market.

  • Taiwan Loan House

    In an intensely competitive landscape, CTBC Bank outperformed its peers again in 2018 with superior structuring capabilities, playing a proactive role in leveraged buyouts and seizing opportunities to bring international borrowers to Taiwan.

  • Singapore Loan House

    DBS continued to stand out in another challenging year for Singapore’s loan markets, which saw a significant decline in event-driven financings and an increase in club deals.

  • Singapore Capital Markets Deal

    Temasek Holdings has long been a hot ticket in the bond market, but its first retail offering was a landmark event that gave more than 53,000 individual investors an alternative channel for their savings and restored confidence in fixed-income investments.

  • Malaysia Capital Markets Deal

    Yinson Holdings overcame investors’ concerns over a protracted global downturn in the oil and gas industry with a smart liability management strategy that added to the development of Malaysia’s Islamic bond market.

  • Malaysia Bond House

    A watershed general election that ushered in a new government provided a challenging backdrop for the Malaysian ringgit market, but CIMB Investment Bank sailed calmly through the choppy waters and helped maintain confidence in the bond market.

  • Indonesia Capital Markets Deal

    Jasa Marga opened an alternative source of funding for Indonesian issuers with the first offshore rupiah bond, creating a new asset class for global investors and a new way of channelling funds into Asian infrastructure.

  • Issuer of the Year

    Issuer of the Year

    In a tough year for many emerging markets, India’s biggest private sector company completed its most remarkable funding programme so far. For its commitment to expanding its funding sources, and for its impeccable timing, Reliance Industries is IFR Asia’s Issuer of the Year.

  • Indonesia Loan House

    Despite currency volatility, looming elections, and a challenging macroeconomic environment, Standard Chartered never missed a beat in Indonesia in 2018, leading the biggest and most challenging transactions of the year.

  • India Equity House

    Citigroup cemented its leadership in the Indian equity capital market in 2018 with an unrivalled book of business despite challenging market conditions.

  • India Bond House

    In a domestic debt market roiled by rising yields and a high-profile default, AK Capital stood out with fresh ideas, including a market-leading smart city bond, and for helping restore confidence in non-bank financial institutions.

  • Hong Kong Equity Issue

    The HK$3.8bn (US$485m) IPO of Innovent Biologics proved Hong Kong could support major listings of pre-revenue biotech companies. Although not the first – or the largest – its flawless debut revived the stock exchange’s efforts to create a sustainable new sector.

  • Hong Kong Loan House

    HSBC stood out among competitors with a book of business that ranged from leveraged loans for dividend recapitalisations to green financings for first-time borrowers.

  • Renminbi bond

    The Republic of the Philippines shook up China’s Panda bond market in March with an exceptionally tight debut that won enthusiastic participation from international investors.

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