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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Upfront

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  • Eastbound express

    London-Shanghai Stock Connect is tailor-made for HSBC.

  • Delayed InvIT-ation

    India’s fledgling market for REITs and infrastructure investment trusts (InvITs) is attracting renewed interest among sponsors. Even if planned big deals go ahead, however, the format is a long way from where it needs to be.

  • Bonjour vitesse

    It sounds unlikely that the French would have anything to teach Japan about efficiency, but BNP Paribas caused a stir in the yen bond market last week by shaking up the received wisdom.

  • Finger lickin' leverage

    A buyout of restaurant group Yum China may be off the menu for now, but Asia’s leveraged finance market is unlikely to go hungry for long.

  • Biotech bust

    One disastrous debut has not stopped other biotech companies from attempting a Hong Kong listing. But those planning to go public under the city’s new rules should be aware that the regime itself may be putting pressure on their stock price.

  • A-grade opportunity

    When it comes to business opportunities in China’s capital markets, it is hard to imagine many bigger than the credit rating sector.

  • Localised risks

    A delayed payment in a remote corner of northwest China has not suddenly made bonds from China’s local government financing vehicles a risky proposition. They always have been.

  • Public or private?

    Two car makers on opposite sides of the world are playing out a debate that rages in every fast-growing company: when is the right time to go public?

  • Bondi rescue

    Australia’s distant bond market may seem an odd place for a landmark blockchain experiment. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth.

  • AAA for ESG

    Asian rating agencies are paying closer attention to environmental, social and governance risks. If it helps build confidence in their methodologies, that is a welcome step.