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
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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 atwww.deckerco.com.

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.
Contact: Ben Bishop, The Lowe Group, +1-414-777-1880

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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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DMarket Raises Over US$19 Million in Token Sale
Feb 28, 2018

February 28, 2018 05:33 PM Hong Kong Time
TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DMarket, the world's first blockchain-based cross-game marketplace for turning virtual in-game items into real assets, has closed the second and final phase of its ICO token sale, after raising over US$19 million.

"We held a short test token sale back in August 2017 to make sure there's substantial demand for our product on the market. Having raised almost $11 million in just four days, we got solid proof that both gamers and game studios badly wanted our product," said Volodymyr Panchenko, CEO and founder of DMarket. "We've raised enough funds to turn DMarket into a powerful game changer and make DMarket Token the core cryptocurrency in gaming. While holding our final token sale, we partnered up with some of the gaming industry's leading companies and got truly top advisors on board. I'm confident that together we'll disrupt the gaming industry and create huge value for gamers and game developers across the world."

DMarket Token will be listed on one of the major crypto exchanges. At the moment, DMarket is negotiating with several exchanges, and the chosen one will be announced in the near future.

DMarket plans to roll out an MVP with connected real games and blockchain in Q1 2018, and the final full-fledged marketplace in Q4 2018.

In Q2 2018, DMarket plans to integrate 10 games totaling 1M user base and achieve in-game items trading value exceeding $200 million.

About DMarket:

DMarket is the world's first cross-game platform based on blockchain and smart contracts that enables one-click sale, exchange, or evaluation of any virtual item from any game on any platform. DMarket Token will be the only virtual currency used within the platform, providing different options for trading items, exchanges, and smart contracts. DMarket presented the Alpha/DEMO version of its future marketplace and blockchain testnet in October 2017.

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UAE Ministry of Finance throws spotlight on fintech at Finovate Middle
Feb 27, 2018

Dubai, UAE; 26 February 2018: More than 400 leaders in the industry of fintech have gathered in Dubai today to showcase innovation in their sector, highlighting the future of fintech for the global and regional markets.

Held in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Finance, and showing off the latest products in action as well as boosting the UAE as an international hub for fintech, FinovateMiddleEast opened today (26 February) and runs for two days at the Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre.

H.E. Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, UAE Minister of Finance underlined the Ministry’s commitment to the government’s vision to reduce the use of oil and move towards an economy of knowledge, based on innovation and creativity, for example by maximising the use of Blockchain technology.

He said: “The Ministry of Finance continues to support and encourage innovation, and provide the right environment in which it can flourish. Our efforts sit within the framework of the national innovation strategy, contributing to the UAE Vision 2021. We support the efforts to see the UAE government recognised as the world’s most innovative and we continue to nurture innovation by adopting innovative business mechanisms and funding innovators in various fields.”

The event has brought together early-stage start-ups, leading established companies, media, financial service institutions and funders drawn by the opportunity to see the future of fintech both regionally and globally.

Heather Stowell, Vice President of Finovate, a company with a large portfolio of events spanning across the globe, said. “We are really excited about bringing together start-ups, leading established companies, media, financial service institutions and funders to discuss the future of fintech.

The event’s congress brings the biggest and best global names in fintech to Dubai from countries such as Australia, China, India, Malaysia, UAE, UK and beyond.

Keynote speakers over the two days include: Ruth Wandhofer, MD, Global Head Regulatory and Market Strategy, Citi; Mike Cunningham, CEO, Clearly; Bryan Stirewalt, Managing Director, Supervision, DFSA; and Sameer Singh Jaini, Fintech Asia top 100 influencer and CEO, Digital Fifth.

Paul Schulte, Founder of Schulte Research and a speaker at the event said: “Blockchain will change the way we understand companies, nation states and the current financial arrangement. Those incumbents who do not aggressively change will be mowed over by innovative centres in places like Shenzhen, Seoul, UAE and Singapore. Be aware.”

Other experts delivering sessions are: Jim Marous, Author and Publisher, The Financial Brand and the Digital Banking Report; Mark Hewlett, Head of Commodities, Ebury; Zhi Ying Ng, Senior Analyst, Forrester; Devie Mohan, CEO, Burnmark; Farrukh Habib, Researcher, International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA); and Steve Naude, Head ME and Africa, TransferWise.

Exploring three principal areas in fintech including financial inclusion, emerging technologies (application of AI and Blockchain technology) and how banks and fintechs can work better together, the event will focus on how the UAE is transforming from an oil-dependent economy to one led by fintech.

Other prominent topics throughout the two days include a case study on an interbank Blockchain pilot featuring India and the UAE, how to reap the benefits from the changing environment in banking, how Malaysia is building a cryptocurrency and how banks and fintechs are working together in India.

Widely recognised as a landmark year for investing in financial technology in the Middle East, 2017 paved the way for more investment opportunities, acquisitions and partnerships over the next 12 months.

The leading financial centre for the MEASA and one of the world’s top 10 FinTech hubs, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), was out in full force to showcase their initiative to support and cultivate financial tech in the Middle East.

Raja Al Mazrouei, Executive Vice President, FinTech Hive at DIFC, said: “FinTech Hive at DIFC, the first FinTech accelerator in the region, is one of the initiatives for incubating and accelerating these ideas. We are proud to be a platform for start-ups and entrepreneurs with disruptive ideas to thrive alongside the community of established financial services, insurance and professional services firms.”

Prominent companies such as EbankIT, munnypot, Dorsum, New Bridge, efigence, Ondot, RISQ, Wealth Migrate and ZagTrader are set to showcase and demonstrating their latest tech and products to delegates on the show floor.

Additionally, FinovateMiddleEast’s signature 7-minute demos are a core feature of the show with start-ups and established companies delivering live demonstrations of their latest fintech innovations.

With over 40 marketing sponsors, FinovateMiddleEast is supported by strategic partner: the UAE Ministry of Finance; platinum sponsor: UAE Exchange; silver sponsor: Temenos; and bronze sponsors Loxon Solutions, Ortec Finance and Plug & Play.

Finovate has established itself as the leading showcase for fintech innovation around the world, with five locations – New York, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong and Dubai. For more information please visit:finance.knect365.com/finovate-middle-east/.


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OCOIN (OCN), Cryptocurrency of ODYSSEY, Enters South Korean Exchange, FUNCoin
Feb 16, 2018

SINGAPORE - 16 February 2018 - OCOIN (OCN), the cryptocurrency of ODYSSEY, has gone 'live' on South Korean exchange, FUNCoin, today, marking its successful entry into the South Korean market for the first time. This means that investors and traders alike are now able to trade across any country or region due to FUNCoin's global cryptocurrency trading platform.

FUNCoin is one of the few exchanges in South Korea that meets the KMC real-name certification system required by its government. This puts FUNCoin in the same league as exchanges such as Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone and Korbit. Just two weeks ago, ODYSSEY, the Singapore-based Foundation, behind OCOIN (OCN), announced that its official cryptocurrency got listed on six major cryptocurrency exchanges, Huobi Pro, Gate.IO, Bit-Z, Kucoin, Bjex and Cobinhood.

Launched two months ago, ODYSSEY has already become one of the most talked-about blockchain platforms within the sharing economy. It promises to build the next-generation decentralized sharing economy and Peer-to-Peer ecosystem. Currently, ODYSSEY is based on the Ethereum protocol, but it will also be collaborating with Qtum, leveraging on its interoperability to deliver a universal, seamless and open-source system to all users.

Sophie Guan, Project Lead of ODYSSEY, enthused, "We are ecstatic to be listed on FUNCoin. It opens up an additional yet authentic trading platform for all interested parties. South Korea is an important market to us and represents our commitment to operate and reach out to not only its citizens, but also to users across the globe. As one of the few exchanges to be awarded the KMC real-name certification system, we are confident that this will help safeguard and ensure a responsible code of conduct among traders."


The ODYSSEY FOUNDATION is a not-for-profit organization that aims to build the next-generation decentralized sharing economy and Peer-to-Peer ecosystem. The foundation, subject to the laws of Singapore, is a legal entity that has no commercial interest in supporting or engaging in activities for public or private benefits. Members of the foundation shall not partake in any distribution of profits. Any "profits" shall be retained for the foundation for organization and execution of activities and events.

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Guotai Junan International and CTICM Entered into Strategic Cooperation Agreement
Feb 12, 2018

(8 February 2018, Hong Kong] Guotai Junan International Holdings Limited ("Guotai Junan International" or the "Company", Stock code: 1788.HK) announced that the Company has recently entered into a strategic cooperation agreement ("the Agreement") with CTI Capital Management Limited ("CTICM"), a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Trust Co., Ltd. ("CITIC Trust") in Hong Kong. Mr. Chen Yisong, Chairman of CITIC Trust, Mr. Zhang Hao, Chief Executive Officer of CTICM, Dr. Yim Fung, Chairman and CEO and Ms. Qi Haiying, Deputy CEO of Guotai Junan International attended the signing ceremony. The strategic cooperation will fully integrate the competitive advantages in respective fields for both parties and enhance the whole comprehensive strength to create a win-win situation.

According to the Agreement, leveraging on in-depth knowledge of overseas markets and rich experience and advantages in cross-border businesses, Guotai Junan International will provide diversified services and products for CTICM through bridge financing, return swap, structured notes and other means to meet their overseas investment and financing needs. At the same time, Guotai Junan International's strong research team can assist CTICM to focus attention on all types of projects that meet the investment requirements, including mezzanine, Mergers and Acquisitions loans (M&A loans), bonds, equity, convertible bonds and funds. CTICM will make full use of Guotai Junan International's pricing power and advantages in the derivatives markets to provide product design and matched financing and risk hedging operations for its overseas and cross-border asset management businesses to enhance the scale of asset management and increase income on investment.

Guotai Junan International and CTICM have already had successful cooperation experience. China Hongqiao Group Limited ("China Hongqiao", Stock code: 1378.HK), the world's largest aluminum producer, was negatively affected by short selling reports published by a short selling institution on 28 February 2017. Then China Hongqiao's stock plunged and began suspension on March 22. Subsequently, China Hongqiao entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with CTICM, intending to place 10% shares to CTICM. Guotai Junan International contributed a lot in this Placing Shares project, tailored a comprehensive financing plan and provided financial support for this project at the crucial moment, contributing to supporting the long-term development of China's outstanding national enterprises. On 30 October 2017, China Hongqiao resumed trading successfully with rising by 31.91% on the first day. As of now, the share price of China Hongqiao has risen by 57% since its resumption of trading.

As a leading manufacturer among the aluminum industry, China Hongqiao owns the high-quality bauxite resources, the low-cost private power grids and the international advanced level of production lines with obvious cost advantages and gene of excellent enterprise. Meanwhile, China Hongqiao is also the advocate of environmental protection in the industry. Under the new environmental protection situation, China Hongqiao has fulfilled the environmental requirements with high standards, and the air in Binzhou City has been significantly improved. China Hongqiao has always responded positively to the macro-policy of national supply-side reform and capacity upgrade. Now the company has officially entered a new development stage, and "paying attention to environmental protection, lowering leverage and increasing dividends" has become the company's main strategic direction. On the other hand, China Hongqiao has introduced the capital of CTICM and other institutions, which also fully demonstrated its confidence in its future development and is more conducive to the company's leading position in the industry and its further development.

Dr. Yim Fung, JP, Chairman and CEO of Guotai Junan International, said, "Both companies have received satisfactory results in the past cooperation. We have cooperated to support outstanding national enterprises in the international capital markets and attack malicious short selling, laying a good foundation for cooperation and trust. More importantly, Guotai Junan International has always responded positively to the national's policy summons of 'getting rid of the financial bubble, guiding funds into the real economy', boosting the development of national industries. This is a milestone in supporting China Hongqiao by standing shoulder to shoulder with CTICM. In the future, we will expand in-depth cooperation with CTICM in more fields. Leveraging on both parties' rich experience and resources in the industry, we believe we will be able to achieve business synergies to seize new development opportunities."

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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.

For more information about Guotai Junan International:http://www.gtjai.com.

About CTI Capital Management Limited

CTI Capital Management Limited ("CTICM"), incorporated in Hong Kong with limited liability in 2012. And its English name is CTI Capital Management Limited. CTICM is a wholly owned subsidiary of CITIC Trust Co. Ltd. ("CITIC Trust") and is also the first overseas subsidiary in China's trust industry approved by China Banking Regulatory Commission, carrying out both regulated and non-regulated businesses in Hong Kong financial markets and also participating in cross-border transactions.

CTI Capital Hong Kong Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of CTICM, holds SFC type 1 (dealing in securities), type 4 (advising on securities) and type 9 (asset management) licenses, providing securities issuance, securities consulting and asset management services for investors. In addition, the wholly owned subsidiary of CTICM also holds money lenders license (MLR No. is No. 1847/2017) and can engage in foreign loans businesses. "CTI Capital Global Opportunities Fund", the flagship hedge fund of CTICM, was selected and awarded the "Best New Asian Hedge Fund for 2017" by Eurekahedge, the world's leading hedge fund research institution.

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Thailand hosts the 2018 MDRT’s Global Conference
Feb 08, 2018

The large-scale conference attracts approximately 7,000 delegates to meet in Bangkok and is expected to generate up to 500 million baht in revenue to the local economy.

5 February 2018, Bangkok: Thailand announced its readiness to host the 2018 MDRT Experience and Global Conference, bringing together around 7,000 professionals and advisors in the financial services and insurance industry to meet in Bangkok during 8-10 February. The conference opens opportunities for attendees to pick up quick tips and innovative ideas to create a blueprint for achievement in today’s business environment.

Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, has been operating for over 90 years. The global independent association has more than 60,000 members who are the world's leading life insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 70 countries. Founded in 1972, the association aims to enhance professional knowledge, strict ethical conduct, and outstanding client service in the life insurance and financial services business.

Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or TCEB, said that, Thailand is to host the 2018 MDRT Experience and Global Conference, bringing together a community of premier financial services and insurance professionals as well as analysts, and advisors. The conference will give a platform for Thailand’s financial advisors and institutions to build a network with professionals in these premier sectors from around the world. Also, the event will showcase Thailand as the world’s leading destination for large-scale conferences.

“TCEB sees growth opportunities of financial services and insurance sectors in Thailand. The local consumer market tends to pay more attention to the well-being and financial management. With this strong potential, TCEB has successfully bid for the 2018 MDRT Experience and Global Conference to take place in Thailand for the 3rd time, which is also the 11th time in Asia.”

TCEB has been working closely with all stakeholders to ensure the success of this event. The conference expects to bring up to 7,000 delegates from more than 60 countries to Thailand. Of those figures, 6,000 are international delegates while 1,000 are delegates from Thailand. Thailand’s strategic location in South-East Asia earns a competitive edge of easy accessibility and provides a dynamic platform for professional connections throughout Asia. The country is ready to serve international conferences, offering conference organisers advantages which include internationally recognised standard venues, the beautiful scenery, and the hospitality of the Thai people. In addition, the skilled MICE professionals are ready to serve and facilitate all international delegates coming to meet in Thailand, especially from the Asian countries which are the target market for the conference sector.

Ms. Shalini D’Souza, Meetings Manager, MDRT, said that, we have been pleased with the level of service and responsiveness from everyone we have worked with in Thailand. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau sold us on Thailand and the city of Bangkok. BITEC is equipped to handle a meeting of this size. TCEB was very helpful and a valuable resource in helping MDRT plan the conference. We appreciate the support in making the 2018 MDRT Experience and Global Conference a success.

The 2018 MDRT Experience and Global Conference is designed for global audiences to hear innovative ideas and learn effective techniques. With special sessions for members to interact and improve their businesses as well as opportunities for non-members to see the brilliance that makes MDRT membership a necessity for success. One of the highlight sessions is the ConneXion Zone, an interactive platform which opens an opportunity for attendance to connect with successful MDRT members and Main Platform speakers. Motivational speakers at the conference include David Avrin, one of the most in-demand business branding speakers and authors in the world today. The president of the Visibility Coach, Avrin shows professionals how to recognise the competitive advantages and craft branding messages; Krish Dhanam, executive coach. He will be sharing a detailed look into how to enhance experience exponential growth in the business and achieve the very highest recognition within the peer groups both nationally and internationally; Michael Parrish DuDell, entrepreneur and bestselling author of the official business books from the hit reality show “Shark Tank”. DuDell was named “one of the USA’s leading millennial voices” by IBM; and David Horsager (MA, CSP), the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute and director of one of the United States’ foremost trust studies: The Trust Outlook. He will provide an eight-pillar framework for building trust and explain the underlying spiritual, physical and emotional reasons why trust, not money, is the currency of business.

“For Thailand, the significance of the 2018 MDRT Experience and Global Conference is that the event opens opportunities for professionals in the Thai financial services and insurance industry to learn the secrets of success from the top performers. In addition, this large-scale event can generate direct benefits to the local economy through its pre-and post-conference activities. It is expected that the conference will generate up to 500 million baht in revenue to the country. Local entrepreneurs from different sectors which will be benefited from this event include hotels, restaurants, tourism and entertainment attractions, airlines, car rental, retail stores, and many more. The event also helps to boost the recognition of Thailand as a leading destination for large-scale conferences in the region,” said Mr. Chiruit.


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Bhiraj Office REIT (BOFFICE) began SET trading today
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Jan 23, 2018

With potential office building project in High-End Mixed-use Commercial Complex at the center of Sukhumvit business district

BANGKOK - (ACN Newswire) - Bhiraj Office Leasehold REIT, or SET: BOFFICE, opened for trading on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) today, 23 January, and was well received by both institutional and retail investors after the initial public offering price was set at 10 Baht per unit. The investment highlights are quality, as the Grade A office building has been designed as a Mixed-use Commercial Complex; location, situated adjacent to the EmQuartier shopping complex at the center of the Sukhumvit business district; and high growth potential, from the outstanding rental rates.

Mr. Attakorn Netneramitdee, Managing Director of Bhiraj REIT Management Co.Ltd., confirmed Bhiraj Office REIT (BOFFICE), for its initial investment, invests in long-term leasehold right of the BHIRAJ TOWER at EmQuartier. The leasehold right covers office area for rent, parking area, common office area and utility system area for the project - totaling 94,853 square meters. The leasehold period is approximately 26 years and 9 months, starting from the expected date to invest of 1 January 2018 until ended on 30 September 2044.

The BHIRAJ TOWER at EmQuartier is one of the quality projects developed by BHIRAJ BURI GROUP, committed to creating value through developing quality projects. BHIRAJ TOWER was built with a vision of creating an outstanding Grade A office building in CBD of Sukhumvit area that has direct connection to the BTS sky train, Prompong station. Additionally, as a Mixed-use Commercial Complex located in the same area as the EmQuartier shopping center, BHIRAJ TOWER at EmQuatier is situated among many convenient facilities. With it's prominent location, BHIRAJ TOWER at EmQuartier has been winning tenants since its launch in March 2015, allowing the project to reach a the very high 98.7% occupancy rate from the total leased space of 49,700 square meters, as of 30 September 2017.

Mr. Taweechai Tangthanasup, Head of Investment Banking, TISCO Securities Company Ltd, Co-Financial Advisor and Co-Lead Underwriter, said that the asset in which Bhiraj Office REIT (BOFFICE) will invest is a quality project that is expected to generate attractive revenue with high growth potential, considering its high quality as Grade A office building, high quality tenant portfolio ranging from small businesses to large multi-national corporations with well diversified industry of tenants, for example, consumer goods, E-Commerce, and pharmaceutical companies etc., allowing the project to achieve stable performance without dependency on a particular group of tenants. Given aforementioned strengths and its prime location, the rental rate and performance of the asset are likely to grow consistantly in the future, making this offering a good opportunity for the trust unitholders of Bhiraj Office REIT to gain consistent returns on a long-term investment.

Mr. Sawit Srisaranyapong, Chief of Investment Banking Business Division, Kasikornbank Public Company Limited, Co-Financial Advisor and Co-Lead Underwriter, said that BHIRAJ TOWER at EmQuartier is one of the high growth potential projects under BHIRAJ BURI GROUP. It is operated by Bhiraj Management Company Limited, a property management company with extensive experience and expertise from operating several real estate projects, for example, Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC), United Business Centre II (UBC II), and BHIRAJ TOWER at BITEC. With such well-managed, it is another key factor that the BHIRAJ TOWER at EmQuartier has been well received by all tenants.

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Over 3,000 Participants Attend 11th Asian Financial Forum
Jan 17, 2018

Survey finds majority of respondents upbeat about economic prospects in 2018; AI, other technologies pose biggest disruption to financial industry

17 January 2018 – More than 3,000 financial policymakers, financial elites and business leaders attended the two-day 11th Asian Financial Forum (AFF), which concluded yesterday. Co-organised by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), AFF 2018 was held under the theme “Steering Growth and Pioneering Innovation: Asia and Beyond,” which examined the latest economic trends, industries with the greatest growth potential and investment opportunities presented by technology and innovation. More than 670 one-on-one meetings were arranged during the AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session, to help participants explore business and investment opportunities.

Over half of the respondents optimistic about the Chinese market
On-site real-time surveys conducted during AFF sought to gauge the views of participants on such issues as the economy, business development and technology. The survey suggests general optimism among the business community about this year’s global economic prospects, with 58 per cent of the respondents saying they were positive about the outlook, while 36 per cent said they were neutral, and only six per cent expressing pessimism about the economy. On global economic risks in 2018, respondents said they were most concerned about the policy direction of the United States administration (25 per cent), the escalation of trade protectionism (19 per cent), and heightened geopolitical tensions (19 per cent).

More than half of the respondents (55 per cent) believed that China will offer the best investment returns in 2018, with telecommunications, media, technology sector (27 per cent), healthcare (22 per cent) and green industries (19 per cent) viewed the most favourably. Respondents also considered economic liberalisation and structural reforms (32 per cent) and the Belt and Road Initiative (19 per cent) to be China’s main growth engines in 2018.

The Chinese mainland continues to be the market most favoured by AFF participants, and Hong Kong’s cooperation with mainland financial industries received much attention during the Forum. Sponsored by the Financial Services Development Council, Hong Kong, the Breakfast Panel “Hong Kong Connects: Mainland China and Beyond: Stock, Bond, Mutual Recognition and more......” was moderated by Benjamin Hung, CEO of Retail Banking and Regional CEO, Greater China & North Asia, of Standard Chartered Bank. The panel featured speakers Dr Zhu Min, former Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund and President of the National Institute of Finance Research of Tsinghua University; Norman Chan, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority; and Charles Li, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, who discussed future prospects of growing links between the financial markets of Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.

Technology disrupts financial ecosystems and gives rise to start-ups
Technology and innovation were prioritised components at this year’s AFF. When asked about technologies that could pose the biggest disruption to the financial industry in 2018, most respondents chose artificial intelligence (30 per cent), followed by big data analytics (21 per cent) and blockchain (15 per cent). As for the factors that would pose the greatest challenge to financial innovation, most respondents perceived over-regulation (29 per cent), incumbents’ conservatism (21 per cent) and lack of talent (15 per cent) presenting the biggest hurdles. On financial development, some 33 per cent of the respondents considered cybersecurity a top regulatory concern, ahead of customer privacy and protection (23 per cent) and systematic risks (23 per cent).

Experts in the areas of artificial intelligence and Fintech were among the highlights on the last day of AFF. At yesterday’s keynote luncheon, Professor Daniela Rus, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, spoke about the latest developments in artificial intelligence and robotics and the impact these technologies may have on the financial and business industries. A keynote address by FinTech opinion leader JP Nicols, Managing Director of FinTech Forge and Chairman of NextMoney.org, offered insights on financial innovation and technology development. Mr Nicols also discussed how financial enterprises and businesses can leverage innovation to thrive in the shifting global market.

With technology opening unprecedented entrepreneurship and employment opportunities for the younger generation and inspiring many start-ups, the Fireside Chat yesterday morning featured 500 Startups’s Founding Partner and CEO, Christine Tsai, who shared secrets to the success of many start-ups.

Co-organised by the HKTDC and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the workshop examined how technological developments will influence future labour demand and foster a new generation of entrepreneurs. A number of InnoTalks workshops also tackled such topics as Fintech, innovations in banking and big data.

All-new InnoVenture Salon offers a stage for start-ups to shine
This year’s Forum once again featured the AFF Deal Flow Matchmaking Session to provide one-to-one deal-sourcing and matchmaking meetings for project owners and investors. More than 670 meetings were held yesterday, covering more than 500 investment projects in digital technology, including Fintech, environment and energy, healthcare technology and infrastructure and real estate services. The sessions sought to foster more concrete cooperation between participants.

The inaugural InnoVenture Salon featured about 20 start-ups to showcase their solutions at the Start-up zone and pitch their projects at the Project Presentation session. It also featured Investors Meet-ups, connecting start-ups with potential venture capital and private equity investors. In addition, representatives of venture capital funds, incubators and start-up experts offered practical advice about setting up and operation, financing, marketing strategies and pitching during Mentor Hours, to help start-ups enhance their competiveness.

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