Guotai Junan International Awarded 'Asia's Best CEO' and 'Best Investor Relations Company' by Corporate Governance Asia
Jun 13, 2018

Junan International" or the "Company", Stock code: 1788.HK) is pleased to announce that the Company received the "Best Investor Relations Company" award in the "8th Asia Excellence Award" (the "Award") held by Corporate Governance Asia. Meanwhile, Dr. YIM

Fung, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, was awarded "Asia's Best CEO". These two accolades have delivered the recognition and praise of the market on the Company's dedication to promoting high-level corporate governance and investor relations.

Corporate Governance Asia is an authoritative journal on corporate governance with significant influence in Asian-Pacific region, which has been organizing the "Asian Excellence Awards" every year since 2011. In line with a strict voting and selection criterion, the Award was designed to praise industry leaders in categories such as Corporate Governance, Financial Performance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Practices and Investor Relations. As a high-standard and authoritative award, the Award has been focusing on corporates and management talents from 12 countries and regions including China, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, etc.

Committed to the mission of "Creating Values by Financial Services", Guotai Junan International has established a well-designed governance and control system. The Board has been attaching great importance to corporate governance, and continuously optimizing the Company's management by regular revision with rigorous approaches, while prioritizing the quality, rather than scale of the business as the development goal. Adhering to its prudent risk management system and sustainable development strategy, the Company has been continuously diversifying its business and optimizing its income structure since listing in 2010. For the last five years, both the Company's CAGR of income and net profit have exceeded 30%, with the return on equity reaching an industry-leading position. The Company has been always maintaining active communications with its shareholders and investors and gaining the recognition and praise from the capital market, for investing on

information disclosure and investment management, broadening its information disclosure channels, maintaining public and transparent information disclosure, and keeping all-round communication with investors.

Besides its employees' unremitting efforts, the managements' leadership is also vital for the Company's outstanding performance. Dr. YIM Fung, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has over 26 years of experiences in the securities industry. Aiming to maximize the benefits of shareholders and clients, Dr. YIM Fung has led the Company to break its business records for several consecutive years, with his insistence for high-level corporate governance, sharp market insight and excellent entrepreneurship, which had been widely recognized and applauded by investors and the market.


About Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited

Guotai Junan International is the market leader and first mover for internationalization of Chinese Securities Company. The Company is the first Chinese securities broker to list on the Main Board of The Hong Kong Stock Exchange by way of initial public offering. Based in Hong Kong, the Company provides diversified integrated financial services. The five core services include: (i) brokerage, (ii) corporate finance, (iii) loans and financing, (iv) asset management, (v) financial products, market making and investments.

The Company is one of the constituents of HSCI, Hang Seng Composite LargeCap & MidCap Index, FTSE HK index and FTSE HK ex H share index. Guotai Junan International has been assigned "Baa2 / Prime-2" and "BBB+ / A-2" rating from Moody's Investor Service and Standard & Poor's Global Ratings respectively.

Our controlling shareholder, Guotai Junan Securities Company Limited ("Guotai Junan", Stock Code: 601211.SH; 2611.HK), is one of the China's leading securities houses. Backed by strong operational support, the Company will be able to further explore the HK and the Asia-Pacific market.

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JSC Russian Agriculture Bank Enables Acceptance of JCB Cards in Russia
JCN Newswire
May 31, 2018

Moscow and Tokyo - (ACN Newswire) - JSC Russian Agriculture Bank ("RSHB") and JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., are pleased to announce the launch of JCB card acceptance on the RSHB ATM and POS terminal network. RSHB's acquiring network includes 3,800 ATMs, 1,700 info-kiosk terminals and more than 10,500 POS terminals at merchants. Now JCB cardmembers will be able to withdraw cash and check their balance at RSHB ATMs.

Irina Zhachkina, Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSC Russian Agriculture Bank noted: "The cooperation between Russian Agriculture Bank and JCB contributes to the development of bilateral trade and economic relations between Russian and Japan. It aims to activate payment flows inside the country and abroad, primarily providing a settlement infrastructure for tourists and business travelers from Japan".

Takashi Suetsugu, General Director of JCB International Eurasia commented: "We welcome this first stage of cooperation with JSC Russian Agriculture Bank, where the team professionally and effectively implemented our new project, providing reliable service to not only foreign JCB cards, but also to JCB cards issued in Russia, in the central as well as the remote areas of Russia through one of the largest banking service network in the Russian Federation. From now using JCB cards will become even more convenient".

About Russian Agriculture Bank

Russian Agriculture Bank is the basis of the national credit and financial system servicing the agro-industrial complex of Russia. The Bank was established in 2000 and today is a key creditor of the country's agribusiness, is among the largest and most stable banks in the country in terms of assets and capital, as well as among the leaders of the reliability rating of the largest Russian banks. 100% of the Bank's voting shares are owned by the Russian Federation.

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About JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: or

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ADB Seminar Considers Challenge of Technological Change, Globalization, and Jobs in Asia
May 20, 2018

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — As Asia and the Pacific seeks inclusive and sustainable economic growth, countries are adapting to the possibility that new technologies in fields such as robotics and artificial intelligence may lead to challenges for some industries and groups of workers, according to participants at a high-level Asian Development Bank (ADB) seminar.

“Advances in new technologies will raise incomes and increase demand from Asia’s rising consumer class,” ADB President Mr. Takehiko Nakao said at the Governors’ Seminar during ADB’s 51st Annual Meeting in Manila, Philippines. “Countries that maintain flexible policies, support improvements to education, and put in place a stronger social safety net will be well positioned to take advantage of change that new technologies will bring to the region.”

The seminar “Technological Change, Globalization, and Jobs in Asia” had as panelists Philippines Finance Secretary Mr. Carlos G. Dominguez, Indonesia Finance Minister Ms. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Japan Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Taro Aso, and Fiji Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service, and Communications Mr. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. They shared experiences and issues from their countries’ perspectives.

According to the theme chapter of ADB’s Asian Development Outlook 2018, despite concerns that new technologies and automation could lead to widespread job losses, there are four reasons for optimism about developing Asia’s job prospects.

First, despite the growing use of industrial robots in the region, new technologies often automate some tasks of a job, not the whole job.

Second, automation takes place only where it is both technically and economically feasible, and it has so far been concentrated in the region’s capital-intensive manufacturing with relatively low employment levels.

Third, empirical evidence from developing Asia shows that jobs created by rising domestic demand more than compensate for job losses due to technological advances. This job creation will likely continue as a growing middle class consumes more and better goods and services.

Fourth, technological advances and rising incomes will lead to new occupations and industries, further offsetting labor displacement due to automation.

Nonetheless, new technologies will alter the composition of skills needed by the workforce, panelists said. They may lead to more frequent unemployment and lower wage growth for less skilled workers who engage in manual and routine tasks, widening income inequality.

Governments can respond by ensuring workers are protected from these negative effects. This will require policy actions on education and skills development, labor regulation, social protection, and income distribution. Also, government support for new technologies must benefit people and protect their rights and privacy, panelists agreed.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is owned by 67 members—48 from the region. In 2017, ADB operations totaled $32.2 billion, including $11.9 billion in cofinancing.

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Stripe and JCB Sign MOU for Global Partnership
JCN Newswire
May 17, 2018

Enabling JCB brand payment at merchants around the world using the Stripe payment platform

San Francisco and Tokyo - (ACN Newswire) - Stripe, Inc. and JCB Co., Ltd. announced the signing of an MOU for a global partnership aiming for JCB brand acceptance at all internet merchants using the Stripe payment platform.

Stripe provides multicurrency payment processing for tens of thousands of merchants worldwide, from startups to major corporations. Stripe officially launched in Japan in 2016, and has served a wide variety of online business. JCB, the only international payments brand based in Japan, has a global payment acceptance network to serve the over 110 million JCB cardmembers living in 24 countries and regions.

The global partnership will enable JCB brand acceptance at merchants using the Stripe payment solution, in any local currency around the world. Stripe merchants will be able to access a wider range of consumers, and JCB cardmembers, in turn, will be able to purchase products and services from Stripe merchants.

"Our partnership with JCB will enable Stripe merchants in Japan to begin accepting payments from more than 110 million JCB cardmembers - and hundreds of thousands of Stripe businesses outside of Japan will also soon be able to accept payments from JCB customers," said Claire Hughes Johnson, COO of Stripe. "With less than 6% of commerce in Japan today online, there's an enormous opportunity to enable a whole new generation of online businesses in Japan and around the world."

Kimihisa Imada, President of JCB International, the international operations subsidiary of JCB, remarked, "Signing the global partnership MOU with Stripe, which provides multicurrency online payment processing to merchants around the world, gives us a way to offer even more convenient payment to our JCB cardmembers worldwide. JCB is committed to providing more attractive products and services to our customers now and in the future".

About Stripe
Stripe is a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the internet. Businesses of every size - from new startups to public companies like Salesforce and Facebook - use Stripe's software to accept online payments and run technically sophisticated financial operations in more than 100 countries. More than 50% of Americans made a purchase using Stripe in the past year. Headquartered in San Francisco, with nine global offices in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, Stripe helps new companies get started and grow their revenue, and established businesses accelerate into new markets and launch new business models. Over the long term, Stripe aims to increase the GDP of the internet.

About JCB
JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and cardmember base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please

Contact: Kumiko Kida
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NRI Upgrades I-STAR Suite for T+1 Settlement of Japanese Government Bonds
May 09, 2018

TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today NRI (TOKYO: 4307), a leading provider of consulting services and system solutions completed the upgrade of its popular I-STAR Suite to support T+0 settlements of general collateral repurchase transactions which is promoted by Japan Securities Clearing Corporation (JSCC).

I-STAR Suite has recently been updated to I-STAR/CORE to provide enriched real-time processing, reliability and expandability. This successful upgrade prepared I-STAR Suite to be ready for T+1 settlement of Japanese government bonds.

I-STAR/LC, a functionality of I-STAR/CORE can now calculate and submit allocable balances stating the issues available for allocation and their balance by each netting account or fund (positive list) to JSCC in real-time. Real-time submissions enable I-STAR users to improve the efficiency of operations as well as to increase organizational transparency.

As an application service provider (ASP) solution, NRI’s I-STAR Suite of solutions enables users to respond in a timely manner to regulatory changes in the industry, while also reducing the cost burden of upgrading the system each time.

The JSCC is currently completing an initiative to enhance the competitiveness of Japanese capital markets and finance, as well as to secure post-trade processing infrastructure.

“NRI has been working in parallel with the JSCC’s regulatory changes to ensure that financial institutions can transition their operations to the new regulations,” said Masaaki Yamazaki, Managing Director of NRI. “We’re excited to complete this new set of functionalities in one of our most popular solution suites to assure a smooth transition for our customers.”

About NRI

NRI (Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.), founded in 1965, delivers innovative solutions to your problems by providing insight-driven research, consulting and managed services. Leveraging our expertise, NRI caters to a wide range of operational needs of the international financial services community to establish new industry standard service. NRI empowers clients with a team of 13,000 skilled professionals in more than 50 offices globally.

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How To Renovate Your Home On A Budget
May 02, 2018

Wherever you happen to live in Asia, or in the world, your home is always going to be important to you. That’s why you’ll want it to look its best, but renovating a home and making it look wonderful can feel like an expensive task and can be rather daunting. Don’t worry, though; there are many ways that you can renovate your home on a budget, and here are just some of them to get you started.

Your Budget

The first thing you’re going to need to consider when you want to work to a budget is what your budget is. Do you have a certain amount of savings that you can use, for example? Or will you speak to Bonsai Finance about a personal loan? Perhaps you intend to work overtime to pay for the changes that you want to make. It’s best to know how much money you’re going to have and fit your purchases into that budget rather than adding up everything you want to buy and trying to work out how to pay for it all.

Once you know your budget, you can start planning, but until the sums are worked out, it’s best not to get started. You don’t want to begin something that you just won’t be able to finish.

The Architect

Not all home renovation projects are going to need an architect, but for the larger ones, the ones that involve, for example, moving walls or adding rooms, they are highly useful, assuming your budget can stretch to one. If not, there are alternatives that you can try. To begin with, you could draw up the plans yourself. The only difficulty here is that if you get something wrong and the builders start their work based on what you have drawn, you could end up having to fix a costly mistake. This is why an architect has trained for many years; they won’t make mistakes, but if they do, they are well insured. However, if you are confident that you can do it, this can save you a huge amount of money which can then be used to buy high-quality materials.

Shop Around

When you want to buy supplies and materials for your new bathroom, kitchen, living room, or anywhere else in your home, you may have a few brand names come immediately to mind. These are fine, and they may be very good, but don’t only go to these companies because of their great advertising and slick brochures. Once you have their prices and you can gauge the quality of the items they are selling, take some time to shop around for alternatives. The smaller suppliers may not have such a big marketing budget, but that doesn’t mean their products aren’t as high quality, or even better than the big brands. You could find that you can save a lot of money when you look around and compare prices.

Reuse Old Materials

When you are changing things in your home, you might be able to save a lot of money and make your budget go much further if you can reuse some of the old material. Often there will be nothing wrong with it, and all it will take is a coat of paint to make it look new and improved.

If there is nothing in your home worth reusing then take a look at salvage yards because you can find all kinds of great bargains there that will look just right in your renovated home. You can buy them at good prices although they may need a little work to bring them back to their former glory. Taking the time and effort to do this will pay dividends when you see how much money you can save and when you realize how they finish your home off perfectly.


It’s a nice idea to bring someone in who understands how to paint perfect walls and join shelving so that there is no gap, but it’s not always possible when you don’t have the money to do it. Therefore, whatever you can do yourself, you should. It will take longer if you also have a full-time job, but sometimes that is the sacrifice that will need to be made. You can find out how to do many of the more simple jobs using books you can borrow from the library, so you don’t even need to spend money on buying them, or from watching videos that other people have put up on YouTube. Learning these skills can help you now and in the future, saving you money and giving you a great sense of satisfaction when you look around your home and see what you have done.

For the larger jobs, it might be best to bring an expert in to help, but if you have done the smaller jobs yourself, your budget should be able to cover hiring someone for the harder things that you don’t want to worry about yourself.


De-cluttering is something you’re going to need to do in your home anyway, no matter what kind of renovation you’re planning, big or small. It will make painting or wallpapering, putting in a new carpet, or any other kinds of changes much easier. It may also make them less expensive. That’s because, when you de-clutter, you can see what the room looks like and it might be that it doesn’t need as much work as you thought it would.

Smaller Changes

Rather than making huge changes and completely re-doing entire rooms, making smaller changes can be just as impactful yet much less expensive. That could be simply changing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets, for example, or even painting the cabinet doors rather than replacing them. Just because they no longer look fresh and modern that doesn’t mean they are no good, they only need to be changed cosmetically.

Outside you can paint the trim on your home instead of painting the whole house. Of course, painting the trim could show up how much the rest of the house does need painting, so bear this in mind, but it’s a good start, and it could motivate you to do more yourself if you feel confident enough to go ahead.

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PayPak - JCBI Co-Badged Cards Agreement
JCN Newswire
Apr 13, 2018

Tokyo, Japan / Karachi, Pakistan - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International Co,. Ltd (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., signed an agreement with 1LINK (Guarantee) Limited (1LINK) for co-badging of PayPak cards as per approval of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). This signing ceremony was held on 28 March, 2018 at 1LINK's office. This agreement will allow 1LINK member banks to issue co-badged cards to those customers who seek both international and domestic spending convenience on one plastic.

Co-badging is the inclusion of two payment schemes on the same card (PayPak and JCB), enabling functionality of two networks on one physical card. Domestic transactions for PayPak - JCB co-badged card will route via PayPak. PayPak-JCB card holders will be able to use their card internationally utilizing JCB's world-wide network.

This alliance is the first co-badged PayPak agreement, enabling increased issuing of PayPak cards across the nation. 1LINK will be able to make PayPak - JCB a payment card of choice, capable to service customers on both international and domestic markets. In line with SBP Vision 2020, 1LINK is committed towards driving financial inclusion and enhancing PayPak's footprint internationally.

Kimihisa Imada, President and COO of JCB International, said "We are pleased to enter into this agreement with PayPak. Card holders will be able to benefit from acceptance at around 30 million merchant locations and our extensive E-commerce network across the globe. We believe this will also help develop PayPak's domestic proposition."

On the occasion Mr. Najeeb Agrawalla, CEO, 1LINK, said "With this strategic move, PayPak cards will now be accepted globally, which will give customers an economical option for usage abroad."

About 1LINK Guarantee Limited

1LINK (Guarantee) Limited, owned by a consortium of 11 banks, is the country's 1st PSO/PSP and largest switch and payment system, providing a host of valuable online banking services like ATM switching, Bills Payment, Inter Bank Funds Transfer, Fraud Risk Management, Switch Dispute Resolution, Global Payment Schemes, PayPak - Domestic Payment Scheme, etc. 1LINK is continuously evolving and adding new products and services to benefit the financial industry.

About JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please

Asad Zahid
1Link Guarantee Limited
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Haitong International 2017 Profit Reaches All-Time High of HKD 3.03 Bln
Mar 19, 2018

Financial Highlights
(12 months ended 31 Dec 2017)

Revenue reached HK$7.2 billion, Net profit attributable to shareholders reached HK$3.03 billion

Basic EPS: 56.53 Hong Kong cents

Total assets: HK$130.2 billion ; Shareholders' funds: HK$25.4 billion

Proposed a second interim dividend of 18 Hong Kong cents per share; yoy up 125%

Hong Kong, 14 March 2018 - Haitong International Securities Group Limited ("Haitong International"; Stock Code: 665.HK) today announced its annual results for the 12 months ended 31 December 2017. In 2017, Haitong International achieved revenue of HK$7.2 billion, and net profit attributable to shareholders totalled HK$3.03 billion. As of 31 December 2017, total assets of the Haitong International amounted to HK$130.2 billion and shareholders' funds totalled HK$25.4 billion. The Board of Directors of the company is pleased to declare a second interim dividend of 18 Hong Kong cents per share.

Dr. Lin Yong, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Haitong International (665.HK) comments, "With the increasing maturity of the interconnection between financial markets between the Mainland and Hong Kong, it is anticipated more and more international investors will be attracted to Hong Kong markets. Seizing the opportunity in advance, Haitong International has already enhanced its services and products and pushed forward the application of the so-called AI and FinTech technologies. Meanwhile, Haitong International last month completed the acquisition of Haitong (UK) Limited and Haitong Securities USA LLC from Haitong Bank, and will continue to foster its internationalization in future, aiming to make itself a leading global financial institution with international competitiveness, systemic importance and brand influence."

Corporate Finance - Haitong International remained a leading market player in corporate finance business in 2017. For ECM business, Haitong International ranked No.2 in terms of number of deals in Hong Kong's IPO league table. For DCM business, Haitong International completed a total of 110 bond issuance projects, ranking No. 1 and No. 3 amongst global financial investment banking companies in terms of number of issuance and fund raised respectively in China's offshore bond issuance market. Moreover, the company also ranked No.1 in Asia (ex-Japan) G3 high-yield bond underwriter league table among all financial institutions around the world by underwriting amount, as well as number of deals. On the M&A front, Haitong International completed a number of deals covering industries including medicine, energy, consumer and financial service, establishing a strong presence in global cross-border M&A.

Wealth Management - Haitong International has upgraded its original brokerage business to wealth management business with the main segments of retail and private wealth management with services including Ultra High Net Worth Wealth Management and Private Wealth Management. In terms of product offering, in addition to equities and bonds products, Haitong International has also offered OTC products and other third-parties products to fulfil different investment needs. Meanwhile, the iBest App, the brand new mobile online trading and wealth management platform specifically designed for retail clients was also launched in the second half of 2017. .

Asset Management - Haitong International's assets under management rose about 18% in 2017 from the previous year. During the period under review, Haitong International has launched 11 new fund products. Meanwhile, four MPF products under management ranked No. 1 in Lipper's same category of funds in terms of its 2017 accumulative performance. Of which, its Hong Kong equities and global equities MPF funds are named as "1 Year Consistent Performer - Equity Fund (China & HK) and "1 Year Consistent Performer - Equity Fund (International)" respectively by independent pension researcher MPF Ratings.

Institutional Clients
Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities (FICC) - Haitong International's market making business has covered a majority of Asian off-shore USD bond markets and provided bilateral quotation for 1,300 bonds, with active institutional accounts spreading across the world, including more than 460 Chinese and foreign institutions including top 25 global private banks. Meanwhile, the company also achieved breakthrough in its currency and commodities business, Haitong International is the first market maker in HKEX for on-market RMB-dominated Futures, and is one of the first batch of market makers in the HKEX for Offshore Renminbi (CNH) and US dollar (US$) Gold Futures. It is the only Chinese broker with market making qualification for USD/CNH Currency Futures in BOTH HKEX and SGX

Institutional equities - In the area of derivatives business, Haitong International is one of the financial institutions in Hong Kong with the most comprehensive product range covering all derivatives products for open markets and OTC markets. Key businesses include synthetic prime brokerage services, ETF and leverage and inverse products, warrants, CBBCs and all are in leading market positions. In 2017, Haitong International launched 808 warrants and 327 CBBCs. Moreover, it also conducted market-making for 63 ETFs. As for the institutional equities business, Haitong International has established a research network covering 450 and more stocks in the Greater China region, Japan, India and South Korea through which securities research, institutional sales and trading services can be obtained by over 1,000 institutional investors. Moreover, in order to address the demand for low-touch DMA and algorithmic trading, Haitong International launched "New Algorithm Execution Services" last year, making it the first Hong-Kong based Chinese financial services provider with its proprietary electronic trading platform to better serve its global institutional clients.

Investments - Haitong International comprehensively expanded and deepened its equity investment business last year, performing well in the private equity market and the open market. In 2017, Haitong International invested in three education projects in China, including Puxin Education & Technology Group Co Ltd.

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Haitong International Securities Group Limited
Haitong International Securities Group Limited ("Haitong International"; Stock Code: 665.HK) is an international financial institution with established presence in Hong Kong and a rapidly expanding network across the globe. It strives to serve as a bridge linking up the Chinese and overseas capital markets. The parent company of Haitong International is Haitong Securities Co. Ltd ("Haitong Securities", Stock Code: 600837.SH; 6837.HK).

To date, Haitong International has well positioned to serve about 200,000 corporate, institutional, as well as retail and high-net worth clients worldwide. Its well established investment banking business platform provides corporate finance, wealth management, asset management, institutional clients (key businesses include fixed income, currency and commodities (FICC), derivatives, institutional equities) and investments business, and a full spectrum of financial products and services. Haitong International possesses a sound risk management system that is in line with international standards. The company have been assigned a "Baa2" long-term issuer rating by Moody's and a "BBB" long-term credit rating by Standard and Poor's. Haitong International has a global financial servicing network covering the world's major capital markets including Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, London, Tokyo, Mumbai and Sydney, thereby making us to be a leading global financial institution with international competitiveness, systematic importance and brand influence.

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Asia Broker Decker & Co. expands New York and Asia Offices
JCN Newswire
Mar 12, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO - (ACN Newswire) - Institutional equities broker Decker & Co. launched in 2013 with a focus on ASEAN markets, and over the past five years has expanded to cover all of Asia, most recently with an expansion in both its New York and Asia offices.

With the new hires, Decker & Co. now has five sales and trading staff members based in the U.S. The expansion includes two senior hires at the firm's New York office and one in Asia. The fourth hire represents Decker & Co.'s first dedicated frontier-market salesperson.

"Bulge bracket firms have pulled way back in their North America-based sales teams," said Mark Decker, founder and CEO of Decker & Co. "We've been able to accomplish our growth over five years because a larger U.S.-based team - combined with on-the-ground coverage in Asia - lets us deliver the access and insights that institutional clients need."

The new hires are:

-- Christopher Dodson, Managing Director, Equity Sales:
Dodson has over 30 years' experience in Asian capital markets, beginning with Nomura Securities in 1985. Most recently, he was with Auerbach Grayson for six years as a pan-Asia salesperson covering North American institutional investors. Dodson is based from Decker & Co.'s New York office.

-- Michael Longthorne, Managing Director, Equity Sales:
Longthorne has over 25 years' experience in Asian financial markets and institutional equity sales with a focus on Japanese corporations, serving global investors. He was Managing Director, Equities for Mizuho Securities USA for 16 years and held senior roles at Daiwa, ING Barings, Flemings, Salomon and Merrill Lynch. Longthorne is based from Decker & Co.'s New York office.

-- James Chataway, Managing Director, Equity Sales:
Chataway has over 20 years of experience in equity sales, most recently as Head of Institutional Equities at RHB Singapore and previously at James Capel, Credit Suisse and Jefferies. He is based from Decker & Co.'s Asia office.

-- Joshua Bridges, Senior Vice President, Equity Sales:
Bridges' financial analyst experience includes coverage of multiple industry sectors for a Canadian mid-market investment dealer. He joins Decker & Co. as the firm's first salesperson dedicated to Asia Frontier sales.

"Chris, Michael, James and Josh bring a breadth of expertise across Asian markets that further establishes us as the only U.S.-based boutique brokerage covering all of Asia," said Mark Decker.

Decker & Co. is the only U.S.-based specialist brokerage covering all of Asia. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA and with offices in New York and Asia, Decker & Co. provides institutional investors with unparalleled access to the best local research and listed corporates. Its principals have been among the leading experts in Asian markets since the 1990s. Learn more

The information in this release may be based on management forecasts and reflects prevailing conditions and our views as of this date, all of which are accordingly subject to change. Past performance is not an indication of future performance.

Source: Decker & Co.
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Innovation Arabia 11 Conference and Exhibition will kick off tomorrow
Mar 10, 2018

Dubai – United Arab Emirates, 10 March 2018: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), Innovation Arabia 11, a pioneering conference and exhibition dedicated to ‘innovation’ in the Middle East, will be held from the 11th to the 13th of March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, under the theme ‘Innovate, Disrupt and Transform’.

Innovation Arabia Conference and Exhibition, comes at a time when there is a growing realization around the globe that ‘innovation’ is an essential driver of economic progress and has a huge impact on businesses and the economy of all countries. In order to reflect the 10X mission of Dubai Government, Innovation Arabia 11 aims to embrace disruptive innovation and encourage future accelerators to address 21st century challenges. Keeping that in mind, Innovation Arabia will discuss the impact of innovation on 4 parallel tracks and themes including Smart Learning, Business and Quality Management, Health and Environment and Islamic Banking and Finance.

While the Quality and Business Management track include some topics such as ‘A Leap into a Quality Future, Innovation, Transformation and Future Studies’, the Islamic Banking and Finance track will focus on ‘Fintech for Islamic Finance: The Innovation, Disruption and Transformation of the Islamic Banking and Finance Industry. In addition, the Health and Environment track will cover ‘Disruptive Innovations: Transforming Healthcare and Environmental Systems’ while Smart Learning track will cover ‘Disruptive Innovations: Leading the Future of Smart Learning’.

Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding and the Executive Chairman of ‘Innovation Arabia’, said, “Our aim at Innovation Arabia 11 this year, is to put in place a platform where opportunity can meet talent and young innovators can discuss creative solutions with professionals in the industry while also brainstorm new ideas in a highly interactive and stimulating environment. We realize that there are unexplored reserves of talent in the Arab world and keeping this in mind, Innovation Arabia, will hope to leverage the untapped talents of young minds in the region.”

He added, “Innovation Arabia 11 will witness the participation of 13 keynote speakers and it will feature 32 sessions on Smart Learning, Quality and Business Management, Islamic Banking and Health and Environment, wherein experts will offer their insights on innovative practices in their fields.”

Professor Nabil Baydoun, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at HBMSU, said: "The 11th edition of the Conference, with the theme" Innovate, Disrupt, Transform", focuses on innovation as a key tool for bringing about fundamental and central changes within various sectors in the Arab world primarily the business, health, environment, smart learning and Islamic economics sectors. The importance of the Islamic economy is seen as a vital resource and a contributing factor in the transition to the "post-oil economy". Hence, "Innovation Arabia" is an important platform to discuss and research the prospects of growth in various sectors, including this vital sector, and to study future steps to consolidate bridges of knowledge transfer and encourage investment in research and development in this field with the aim of promoting the Islamic economy."

Apart from discussing how innovation can have an impact on a number of sectors during the conference, Innovation Arabia 11 exhibition, running parallel to the conference will also witness the participation of leading companies from the region and abroad while also expecting the attendance of over 1,000 visitors and participants over the 3 days.

Innovation Arabia 11 Conference and Exhibition running until the 13th of March, 2018 is organized by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions - a member of INDEX Holding, in cooperation with Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University and the support of Dubai Investments and Hamdan Awards.

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