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Bank CEOs want bigger Asian markets

For the 25th anniversary edition of Asiamoney, we asked bank chief executive officers from across the region to offer their thoughts about the evolution of their institutions, the biggest challenges they face and what they think Asia needs for its financial industry to flourish.

They are sanguine about the future of the region. Every one of them believes its prospects are bright, with rising income levels and increasing levels of trade promising a great deal more opportunity for banks, companies and investors. Many reckon they will be able to take advantage of this growth to expand their businesses geographically.

But they also harbour concerns. They are almost united in their call for bigger, better and more sophisticated capital markets across Asia. And they note that bank finance will not be able to meet the funding needs of the region’s corporates or infrastructure projects.

Click on each image below to read the full interviews. Click on the magazine cover image above to access the full digital edition of Asiamoney's 25th Anniversary Issue.

Mike Smith, chief executive, ANZ


Budi Sadikin, president director, Bank Mandiri


Nestor Tan, president, BDO Unibank


Nazir Razak, chief executive, CIMB


James Chen, president, CTBC Bank


Piyush Gupta, chief executive, DBS


Chanda Kochhar, chief executive, ICICI


Koji Nagai, group chief executive, Nomura


Kannikar Chalitaporn, president, SCB


25th Anniversary Features

Economic overview

  • Pollution reflects poorly on Asia’s sunny future

    The region has the potential to enjoy much more economic growth in the coming quarter century, but governments and business will need to co-operate to conduct the structural changes needed to account for shifting demographics and alarming rises in pollution. Richard Morrow reports.

    • 05 May 2014


  • How to cultivate Asia’s flagging bond growth

    The region’s local-currency bond markets have developed at an eye-popping rate over the past decade. But now that the growth is starting to slow, bankers and regulators are asking how they can encourage more corporate bond issuance in a region that remains, by and large, bank funded. Matthew Thomas considers three steps that would help develop Asia’s corporate bond markets.

    • 05 May 2014


  • The renminbi’s inexorable rise

    The development of renminbi markets, both onshore and offshore, is one of the most closely watched phenomena in global finance. Around the world business hubs are vying to take part in the internationalisation of China’s currency — and grab a bigger share of the business that results from it. Chris Wright reports.

    • 05 May 2014

Central Bank and Finance Minister interviews

For Asiamoney's 25th Anniversary Issue, we asked four Asian central bank governors and one minister of finance for their insight into the region's economic development and their key challenges today.

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John Tsang Chun-wah, Hong Kong Financial Secretary


Agus Martowardojo, Governor, Bank Indonesia


Amando Tetangco, Governor, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas


Ravi Menon, CEO, Monetary Authority of Singapore


Prasarn Trairatvorakul, Governor, Bank of Thailand


  • The builders of Asia’s financial markets

    Over the past 25 years the capital markets of Asia ex-Japan have evolved almost unimaginably. Asiamoney picks 25 of the individuals that particularly contributed to this process, either in terms of deal-making, regulatory development, effective advisory work or acting as shrewd investors. Richard Morrow reports.

    • 05 May 2014
  • The 25 deals that best delivered

    There have been many noteworthy transactions conducted over the past 25 years in Asia ex-Japan. Asiamoney chooses 25 of the most impressive.

    • 05 May 2014

25th Anniversary Polls of Polls

Domestic Bank Awards

Asiamoney 25th Anniversary Indonesia Roundtable group photo

25th Anniversary Indonesia Roundtable

From 1989 to 2014 Indonesia has grown by an extraordinary degree. In 1989 its GDP was $100bn, today it’s $878bn. The stock market has exploded, and many other parts of the financial markets have flourished. But the country has been tested by the Asia and global financial crises, and to a lesser degree by the tapering of US quantitative easing. 

For its 25th Anniversary Roundtable, Asiamoney spoke to government officials, bankers, brokers and corporates to gain their views on the key developments in the country’s economy and financial sector, and the opportunities and obstacles for the coming decade.

Panda Bonds Top Arrangers

Rank Arranger Share % by Volume
1 Bank of China (BOC) 28.62
2 CITIC Securities 21.06
3 China CITIC Bank Corp 9.72
4 China Merchants Bank Co 9.18
5 Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) 7.56

Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 CITIC Securities 16,270.37 85 6.32%
2 UBS 14,128.60 88 5.49%
3 Goldman Sachs 11,744.37 58 4.56%
4 China International Capital Corp Ltd 11,422.00 55 4.44%
5 Morgan Stanley 10,900.56 58 4.23%

Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 35,178.30 245 8.08%
2 Citi 34,267.00 196 7.87%
3 JPMorgan 26,001.66 142 5.97%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 21,496.54 111 4.93%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 19,923.39 139 4.57%

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