The Avaloq group, an international leader in integrated and comprehensive solutions for wealth management, universal and retail banks, announces the recruitment of Anantha Ayer. He will assume the position of CEO of the planned Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centre in Singapore.
Anantha Ayer joins Avaloq following more than 20 years in distinguished leadership roles in Technology and Operations within the Asset & Wealth Management industry. He was most recently the interim Head of Wealth Management Operations (Global) at Deutsche Bank AG. Prior to that he has lead teams from Technology, Operations and large change initiatives across various financial centres.
“I am delighted to have Anantha joining Avaloq at this exciting time. Given our ambitious goals for the Asia Pacific market, we want to have the most talented people in senior management roles. Anantha brings a strong leadership in building organisations and his skills and experience in the banking operations and technology area will prove invaluable as Avaloq builds its presence in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centre in Singapore for Asia Pacific”, comments Peter Scott, Chairman of the Board, Avaloq Sourcing Asia Pacific (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Commenting on his appointment, Anantha Ayer says: “I am very enthusiastic to be part of this exciting journey with Avaloq. I am convinced that the BPO offering from Avaloq provides benefits, advantages and opportunities to banks and wealth managers – not only a cutting edge technology platform but also an industrialised operational process to support the businesses.”
Avaloq Sourcing Asia Pacific (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., the newly founded subsidiary of the Avaloq group, will supply back office services for the Wealth Management business of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management in Singapore. The new organisation will be part of Avaloq’s global network of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) centres.
Avaloq Sourcing Asia Pacific (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. will provide Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM), a division of Deutsche Bank Group, with full BPO services for its Wealth Management back office operations in Singapore. These services include back office administration processes. The BPO provider is the newly founded subsidiary of the Avaloq group, an international leader in integrated and comprehensive banking solutions for wealth management, universal and retail banks. The new organisation will be part of Avaloq’s global network of BPO centres.
The move to Avaloq Sourcing Asia Pacific (Singapore) Pte. Ltd, a subsidiary of the Avaloq group, is planned in two phases: the first in Q3 2014 and the second – the transfer of the core IT platform to Avaloq’s technology platform – is planned to take place in 2015, subject to compliance with local requirements.
“Business process outsourcing is rapidly gaining in importance as financial institutions continue to free themselves of processes and operations that are not regarded as differentiating but are subject to volume efficiencies. Following the successful establishment of BPO centres in Switzerland and Germany, we are now extending this business model to Singapore where we will be announcing the formal launch of a regional BPO centre later this year”, comments Peter Scott, General Manager for Avaloq Asia Pacific and Chairman of the Board for Avaloq Sourcing Asia Pacific (Singapore).
Avaloq adds Group Chief Acquisition Officer to expand Global BPO Strategies
The Avaloq group announces the appointment of Dr. Enrico Ardielli as Group Chief Acquisition Officer (CAO). His previous role as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will be taken over by Markus Bertini.
In line with its market vision and growth plans, Avaloq will continue to execute its BPO strategy by creating a Global Processing Network (GPN). For the realisation of this international BPO centre network of excellence, new business will be added both organically and through acquisitions. Therefore, the Board of Directors of the Avaloq group has decided to create the new position of a Group CAO whose responsibility includes the successful handling of acquisitions at minimum risk. In addition, the Group CAO will be a member of the Board of Directors in the various Avaloq group subsidiaries.
The new position will be taken over by Enrico Ardielli, who has been with Avaloq for more than 12 years as Group CFO. Ardielli holds a Dr. oec. publ. degree as well as a degree in business and economics from the University of Zurich. His successor as Group CFO will be Markus Bertini, who joins the Avaloq Executive Board after having worked for Avaloq since May 2014. Prior to this, he successfully ran his own accountancy and consulting company serving multinational clients and worked as well as a lecturer at Zurich Business School. Enrico Ardielli and Markus Bertini assume their new positions on 1 September 2014.
Francisco Fernandez, Group CEO of Avaloq, comments: “I am glad that we could appoint two outstanding finance professionals for these key positions. Thanks to Enrico Ardielli’s extensive knowledge and his great achievements for the Avaloq group so far, I am convinced that the Group CAO position is perfectly filled and that he will further strengthen our business model and group strategy. At the same time, Markus Bertini’s passion for entrepreneurship and vast financial experience make him the best choice for the Group CFO position.”
BTG will pay for BSI Group with 1.2 billion francs in cash and 300 million francs of shares in units listed in Sao Paulo, Generali said in a stock-exchange statement today. The Trieste, Italy-based company said it will book a loss of about 100 million euros ($136 million) for the transaction, while the deal will add about 9 percentage points to its Solvency 1 ratio.
The Brazilian lender controlled by billionaire Andre Esteves is expanding internationally as the country’s growth slows. It’s added units in Mexico and Colombia, and in January Esteves said he planned to open offices in Geneva, Houston and Singapore as the firm expanded in commodities. Last week, it agreed to acquire Global Atlantic Financial Group Ltd.’s reinsurance unit Ariel Re.
“This acquisition reflects our confidence in the tradition and strength in Switzerland as a global financial center,” Esteves, the bank’s chief executive officer, said in a statement. “It’s an opportunity to build one of the biggest global private-banking platforms.”
BTG was unchanged at 34.15 reais at 10:31 a.m. in Sao Paulo. Generali reversed earlier gains, falling 0.1 percent to 15.38 euros in Milan, valuing the insurer at 24.1 billion euros.
The acquisition will almost double BTG’s assets under management to create a wealth- and asset-management business with more than $200 billion in assets, BTG said. The bank plans to keep the BSI brand for its global wealth-management platform.
“The acquisition is in line with BTG’s strategy to diversify revenue,” Ricardo Kim, an analyst at brokerage XP Investimentos CCTVM SA in Sao Paulo, said in a report today. He said the transaction was positive for BTG.
Brazil’s rising inflation and slowing growth has led to a drought in the nation’s initial public offerings, reducing investment banking revenue. BTG has been building a global commodities business since last year as part of its strategy to offset declining investment banking fees.
Brazil, which hosted this year’s World Cup, has expanded at an average annual pace of 2 percent since 2011, when President Dilma Rousseff took office, the slowest economic growth for a Brazilian administration in more than two decades. Economists expect the South American nation to expand 1.05 percent this year, according to a weekly survey published by the central bank today.
Proceeds from the sale, which is scheduled to be completed by the first half of next year, may be reduced by “any fine established pursuant to the U.S. Department of Justice’s tax amnesty program relating to Swiss financial banking institutions payable by BSI,” Generali said.
BSI is one of at least 36 Category 2 Swiss banks seeking to avoid prosecution for handling undeclared American money by joining the U.S. Justice Department’s voluntary disclosure program. The U.S. is scouring Switzerland for names of tax dodgers who used the world’s largest offshore haven to hide money from the Internal Revenue Service.
Under a program announced in August, about a third of Swiss banks with “reason to believe” they violated tax laws asked the Justice Department to forgo prosecution. In turn, banks must hand over data on undeclared accounts and pay penalties.
Generali CEO Mario Greco sold the unit to focus on the company’s main business, strengthen finances and boost profitability. The firm, which set a goal of 4 billion euros of revenue from asset sales by 2015, will have achieved 3.7 billion euros with the sale, Greco said in the statement.
“This sale completes the disposal process aimed at strengthening the capital base of the group, resolving a key issue for us, and allowing Generali to focus on driving forward with its core insurance business,” he said. “This result is a testament to our team’s ability and commitment to execute a complex transaction in a challenging environment.”
BSI had a net loss of 722 million Swiss francs last year as it took writedowns faster than planned because of new regulations for accounting treatment of goodwill, the bank said in April.
Generali’s net income in the three months to March climbed to 660 million euros from 603 million euros a year earlier, the company said in May. The first-quarter pro-forma Solvency 1 ratio after the BSI sale will exceed the insurer’s 2015 target of 160 percent, it said today.
“Once the announced sale of BSI is concluded, Generali’s period of balance sheet repair will be complete,” Marcus Rivaldi, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, said in a report today. “Focus now turns to how earnings and dividends can be improved.”
The Avaloq group and Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) intend to forge a new strategic partnership: The international provider of banking solutions and the bank are planning to join forces to establish the first independent provider of full Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services in Luxembourg for the Benelux and the French market.
The bank and the international provider of banking solutions today announced that they are in advanced discussions for a joint project to establish, pending amongst other, the closing of the transaction and regulatory approval, the first independent provider of full Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services in Luxembourg for private and universal banks in the target market Benelux and France. This follows BIL’s recent decision to choose the Avaloq Banking Suite as its new core banking system after a thorough selection process.
As Luxembourg’s oldest private bank, BIL has always played an active role in the development of Luxembourg’s economy and with this decision confirms its intention of actively contributing to the ongoing transformation of the local financial industry. Avaloq, whose presence in Luxembourg goes back to 2007, has always considered Luxembourg as a key market in its strategy. Luxembourg was the first country outside of Switzerland Avaloq set foot in. Today, Avaloq counts 11 customers in Luxembourg that are either using or currently implementing the Avaloq Banking Suite as their comprehensive banking solution.
The goal of the planned strategic partnership is to offer local and foreign private and universal banks a solution to standardise and automate back office processes and to have them operated by a seasoned specialist. As an industry leader in this area, Avaloq understands the importance of fully industrialising back office processes while at the same time driving innovation and differentiation in the advisory area. This enables banks to focus entirely on their front office activities and thus to make a difference in client interaction. The BPO model also serves as the ideal solution for foreign banks wishing to use Luxembourg as an entry point into the European financial market.
The Avaloq group has already successfully implemented this independent BPO model in Switzerland and Germany. BIL and Avaloq are now planning to join forces in order to adapt the business model to the market specific requirements of Benelux and France. Furthermore, Avaloq is currently in the process of building up an international network of BPO centres, which the new BPO centre in Luxembourg would be part of. Further announcements will be made later this year.
The past few years have been challenging for the global economy but it seems as though the derivatives industry sustained more than its share of insults and injuries over the past year or so. Still reeling from the trauma of MF Global in October of 2011, exchange-traded volume went into its first nosedive in decades.
Urgent regulatory requirements added intense cost and time pressures to company staffs that were already stretched. A non-clearing FCM, Peregrine Financial, collapsed in scandal. OTC derivatives struggled with complex regulatory mandates and weak volume.
Perhaps the only positive for the year was that mergers and acquisitions at both the macro and micro level imply that innovation and creativity are still powerful industry drivers. That in turn suggests that the creative dynamism that has characterized the derivatives industry for so many years still has some innings to go.
Brazil’s Mantiq To Raise Money Abroad For Infrastructure Fund
Mantiq, which was spun off from Banco Santander Brasil SA (BSBR, SANB4.BR) last year, currently manages three private equity funds with total investments of about 2.5 billion Brazilian reais ($1.27 billion). In addition to a fund that invests in the oil and gas industry supply chain, and another that invests in renewable energy and other environmentally sensitive technologies
Why is it more expensive shipping tomatoes from San Jose, Costa Rica, to Managua in Nicaragua than it is to San Jose, California, which is 10 times the distance? According to Google, the distance between the Costa Rican capital and Managua is 430 kilometers, whereas 5,400 kilometers separate San Jose from the Californian city.
Barletta: 2013 should be a good year for logistics development
Panama is one of the rising stars of Latin America’s economy. The construction of large infrastructure projects, such as the $5.2 billion Panama Canal expansion and a $1.8 billion subway in the capital city, have boosted the country’s economy to 10.5% growth and reduced unemployment to 4.8% in 2012.
Jamaica ahead in race to be logistics hub of the Americas
The race to be the logistics hub of the Americas has already begun with the addition of Jamaica that has revealed its intention to position the island as the rival of Singapore. A similar situation is raking place with the Dominican Republic, while in Panama there is still a debate on the need for a long-term strategy that includes where to locate logistics parks.
The Avaloq Group, the international reference for integrated and comprehensive banking solutions, is pleased to announce the opening of its first branch office in Australia.
As part of its continuous internationalisation strategy and aim to extend its presence in the most demanding financial markets globally, Avaloq has opened an office in Australia end of last year. The expansion to Australia – a new continent for Avaloq – comes after the company successfully established local offices in various regions in recent years.
Avaloq signed its first customer on the Australian continent – one of the reasons why the company decided to further extend its international presence and open a branch in Sydney. The Australian market bears a great potential for wealth management platforms such as the Avaloq Banking System. The fully integrated solution offers the entire field of investment products and additionally covers local tax and superannuation requirements. Combined with a team of experts, equipped with substantial know-how and experience regarding the Australian financial market, Avaloq significantly improves its local position.
“Opening an office in Australia is yet another important step in our internationalisation strategy and an additional milestone in Avaloq’s remarkable company history. Building up a local presence in the most demanding financial centres worldwide ensures that we are close to the markets and companies we work with. This allows us to cater towards our client’s needs and requirements without having to work around different time zones”, says a delighted Francisco Fernandez, CEO Avaloq. “The Australian market has immense potential, with demand for wealth management platforms increasing. Being present in Australia is the logical move for the company”, Fernandez continues.
The new Avaloq branch in Australia will significantly profit from the vast experience of the regional headquarters in Singapore, which was established in 2007. The Singapore branch has seen strong expansion in recent years under the management of Martin Frick, Managing Director Asia Pacific.
Cencosud SA agreed to buy Carrefour SA’s Colombian unit for 2 billion euros ($2.6 billion) as it taps rising consumer spending in Latin America and the world’s second-largest retailer retreats from markets it can’t dominate.
Celent predicts a paradigm shift around access to Asia. There is likely to be two gateways, providing access to different Asian regions, with Singapore emerging as the preferred gateway to Southeast Asia and Hong Kong becoming the gateway to Mainland China.
In a new report, the third of a series looking at the financial markets in Hong Kong and Singapore, Celent aims to provide a comparative analysis of Asia’s two main financial gateways, focusing particularly on derivatives. Asia’s Tale of Two Cities: Hong Kong and Singapore as Financial Gateways begins by noting that Western governments have emerged from the financial crisis in a weakened state, with economic prosperity blunted by high unemployment and an emerging debt crisis. The question is no longer when or if we need to enter the Asian markets, but how to best think about the issues of accessibility, entering the market, developing products, and forming strategic partnerships. The fundamental question that needs to be asked now is: “Where do we go from here, Hong Kong or Singapore?”
Although the HKEx and SGX may not be the biggest derivatives players in Asia-Pacific, they tend to be the most accessible for segments located outside the region. Taking advantage of their geographic location, political climate, and internal strengths, these city-states are poised to become hubs for trading of Asia’s regional products while also being easily accessed by US traders via retail trading accounts.
There are several factors that are likely to continue to drive growth in the derivatives market. These include:
• A relatively muted response to regulating over-the-counter markets as compared with the US and Europe. The type of products that led to the financial crisis in the West are not widely established throughout Asia, and as a result, the regulatory structure governing OTC markets are unlikely to change significantly.
• Continued desire to manage foreign exchange risk.
• Continued enhancement of processes of structuring derivatives risk management policies.
“We are seeing changes in relation to access to Asia. Hong Kong is no longer destined to become the sole hub to Southeast Asia,” says Alexander Camargo, Analyst and coauthor of the report. “Inherent strengths in Singapore are making it an extremely attractive financial gateway. Both English and Chinese are frequently spoken in Singapore, making it an ideal cross-roads for East and West. Furthermore, Singapore is viewed by most Asian countries as a neutral party and less politically tied to China than Hong Kong. This is likely to entice Indian investors and even Japanese and Korean investors to Singapore’s shores.”
However, this does not mean that Hong Kong will recede as a major financial center in Asia. Hong Kong residents are often fluent in both English and Chinese; contract laws are strong; and there remain strong historical ties to the West. As a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong has stronger political ties to China. Hong Kong has also been busy integrating its financial markets with mainland China. These factors make it likely that Hong Kong will become a key gateway to mainland China.
This report begins with an overview of each country’s financial infrastructure and regulations, providing an introduction to the countries’ various demand market segments, followed by a look at the main exchanges, HKEx and SGX. A summary of HKEx and SGX focuses on derivatives trading, providing a brief description of products offered, market access, alliances, and clearing on the exchanges. The report then looks at each country’s fixed income markets, OTC derivatives, and FX markets. It concludes with a discussion of market supremacy and also the countries’ ongoing efforts to improve market structure and access.
Singapore Exchange (SGX) is introducing the ‘My Gateway’ portal to meet increasing investor interest for more investment knowledge and education.
Located at www.sgx.com/mygateway, the portal provides one-stop shop access to market updates, video clips on investment products, information on seminars or courses which investors can sign up for, and tools like investment or profit and loss calculators.
The portal launch comes amid increasing interest among individuals in investment information and education. In 2011, over 7,800 participants attended the more than 150 investor education activities organised by SGX Academy. In the second half of 2011, participation at investment seminars and professional courses grew 31% and 83% respectively from the first half of the year.
“We recognize that investors are hungry for information on investments and are looking for flexibility in learning. We therefore want to encourage investors to take advantage of the newly launched portal on SGX website to learn about investing at their own time and pace,” said Mr Chew Sutat, SGX Executive Vice President, who oversees the Academy.
“The high participation rate in these education activities reflects a strong desire by investors to be proactive in their investments. We believe the new portal will complement this desire and cater to the continuing education needs of investors,” said Mr Chew.
“Investors should take responsibility of their investments. They should commit to equip themselves with the right knowledge to know – firstly, their risk appetites; secondly, the available products and finally, what investment strategies to adopt. I am encouraged that SGX has launched this self-help portal for investors,” said Mr David Gerald, President of Securities Investors Association (Singapore).
The Avaloq group, the reference for integrated and comprehensive banking solutions, has acquired a majority stake in B-Source AG, a leading banking business process outsourcer (BPO) in Switzerland. BSI, part of the Generali Group and original founders of B-Source, will remain a minority shareholder and an important customer of B-Source. BSI thereby ensures a forward-looking, growth-oriented ownership structure for its banking BPO subsidiary. The acquisition of B-Source means that Avaloq group extends its value chain and become the largest independent provider of comprehensive solutions for the execution of banking business. B-Source remains a legally independent entity forming part of the Avaloq group and will continue to operate under its own name. The Avaloq group will retain B-Source’s existing locations in Ticino, Zurich, Lucerne, Romandie as well as in other countries. The acquisition will not result in job losses.
Avaloq and B-Source see this move as a logical extension of the successful and long-standing cooperation between the two banking specialists. As a result of the acquisition, the Avaloq group offering will now extend beyond banking technology and consultancy services to include data centre services, application management services, and will be able to outsource banks’ entire back-office and IT operations. The group now employs more than 1,200 staff, generating an annual turnover of CHF 360 million (Swiss Francs) (2011E) and has customers in more than 20 countries. The acquisition of B-Source will not result in any job losses. The Avaloq group will retain both companies’ existing head offices and locations in Switzerland as well as in other countries. It is committed to Switzerland as a financial centre and centre of expertise, and plans to further grow at its Swiss locations.
Francisco Fernandez, Member of the Board of Directors of B-Source and CEO of Avaloq Group AG, says: “Acquiring the majority stake in B-Source makes the Avaloq group the leading independent provider of modular and fully integrated solutions for the execution of banking business. This applies to both large and small retail, wealth management and universal banks in Switzerland and around the world. Joining forces with B-Source will enable us to take further steps to address the growing complexity in operational, compliance, reporting and IT management. It will also enable our customers to wholly concentrate on providing excellent service to their clients, which ultimately sets them apart, allowing them to grow and become more profitable.”
B-Source will remain a legally independent entity forming part of the Avaloq group, and it will continue to operate under its own name. BSI AG will retain 49 percent of B-Source and will remain an important customer for
B-Source. The parties have agreed to keep the purchase price confidential. Avaloq and B-Source will continue to work with an extensive network of domestic and international technology, distribution and implementation partners, which will be expanded further following the acquisition.
Dr Alfredo Gysi (BSI CEO) is to remain Chairman of the Board of Directors of B-Source, and Gianni Aprile (Deputy CEO of BSI) will remain on the B-Source Board of Directors. They will be joined by new appointees, Dr Didier Sangiorgio (Chairman of Avaloq Group AG), Philipp E. Achermann (Member of the Board of Directors Avaloq Group AG) and Francisco Fernandez (CEO of Avaloq). The general management of B-Source is unchanged, consisting of CEO Markus Gröninger, Andrea Bosetti, Andrea Frei, Joseph M. Kaister, Rainer Link, Matteo Marini, Frank Müller Erkelenz and Benjamin Stäheli. The Avaloq Executive Board, consisting of Francisco Fernandez (CEO), Enrico Ardielli, Adrian Bult, Klaus Rausch, Mathias Schütz and Ronald Strässler, remains also unchanged.
Dr Alfredo Gysi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of B-Source and CEO of BSI, says: “As the founder and very first customer of B-Source, we have successfully grown and developed the company to become one of Switzerland’s leading providers of BPO services. Our objective was to secure an ownership structure for B-Source that would enable it to achieve sustained growth in an attractive market. The acquisition of a majority stake by our strong technology partner Avaloq will allow B-Source to seize even more opportunities in the BPO market. This strategic move will give BSI the freedom to concentrate more heavily on its core competences and enable it to benefit from improved standards of performance and quality and take advantage of a cost efficient structure.”
Markus Gröninger, B-Source CEO, says: “Merging Avaloq and B-Source will create benefits for customers that are demanding more integrated, high-performing IT and BPO solutions. The business rationale is undeniable and the new ownership of B-Source will accelerate growth in Switzerland and beyond.”
The Avaloq subsidiary, B-Source, already settles almost all domestic and international transactions for BSI in Switzerland, Singapore, Luxembourg, Nassau and Monaco. In Switzerland, Reichmuth & Co Privatbankiers, NBAD Private Bank (Suisse) SA and QNB Banque Privée (Suisse) SA, all use the cutting-edge B-Source Master “powered by Avaloq”.
— Strategically complements NYSE Technologies’ product portfolio and Asian offerings
— Addresses growing customer interest and expanding Asian financial marketplace
— In-line with NYSE Technologies’ strategy of building a global liquidity network
New York and Tokyo – August 1, 2011 – NYSE Euronext (NYX) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Metabit, a leading Tokyo-based provider of high performance market access products throughout Japan and Asia. Metabit will operate as a product line within the NYSE Technologies portfolio. The transaction is expected to close in third quarter of 2011. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Skilled with in-depth experience and understanding of financial markets in Asia, Metabit specializes in streamlined, low-latency technology solutions that enable industry-leading access to financial markets across Asia. Metabit’s products connect buy-side order flow with sell-side exchange participants and are designed exclusively for low latency direct market access (DMA) and exchange connectivity to markets through-out Asia. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, with offices in Australia and Hong Kong. Metabit has built a trading community of more than 140 trading firms in Asia.
“Metabit’s products are built in Asia for Asia, and this combination fits our strategy, our connectivity business and our customer interests,” said Stanley Young, CEO of NYSE Technologies. “Metabit has a highly experienced and respected management team, and we recognize and value the success Metabit has had in Asia, especially in Japan. We will continue the further development of this local focus while also maximizing the value of the NYSE Euronext brand and relationships.”
Mr. Young continued: “Furthermore, Japan and Asia are priorities for NYSE Euronext and we believe this is absolutely the right time to further invest in the region. We fully expect this transaction to accelerate our efforts as a leading technology provider across the Asia-Pacific region. We look forward to welcoming Metabit and its customers to NYSE Euronext, and to delivering the benefits of Metabit to our customer community.”
Daniel Burgin, CEO of Metabit, said: “Our combination with NYSE Technologies will be highly beneficial to delivering innovative solutions to our customers and to accelerate achieving our long-term business goals. We remain committed to our local business focus and service quality in Japan and throughout Asia, whilst being strengthened by NYSE Technologies’ product suite that is highly synergetic to our local solutions. The people and products of our combined companies will provide significant expertise and scale to NYSE Technologies’ business in the region. Joining forces represents a truly exceptional opportunity to build on our local success in order to increase our value proposition to our Japan and Asia customer base. We now have the opportunity to leverage our assets with NYSE Technologies and move to the next level. For the benefit of Asia-based customers, we will now expand our reach and capabilities globally.”
Metabit’s Asia franchise has seen excellent growth as a result of a persistent product and client strategy and investments into Asia. Today, Metabit covers all DMA sectors outside Japan, ranging from China (“B” shares), India, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand. Metabit’s products, being built in Asia for Asia, focus to connect the local broker community in each country, in combination with the traditional group of global trading firms. Metabit will continue to resell and provide support to users of CameronFIX as they have since 2002.
Upon closing, Mr. Burgin will head the NYSE Technologies Asia business and report to Mr. Young. Peter Tierney, Managing Director of NYSE Technologies will become the Chief Operating Officer of the combined business in Asia, and together they will lead the business operations.
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Tokyo/Hong Kong, 29 March 2011: In the past year, Tokyo-based Metabit has concentrated on building its connectivity across Asia. The company aims to be the local face of execution destinations in Asia and over the past eight months, it has added an extra 13 domestic DMA destinations, expanding domestic and cross-border access to Asian markets.
“Metabit is at the heart of connectivity in Asia” comments Daniel Burgin, CEO of Metabit, “not just for providing access to Asia for global players, but also in particular for the local and domestic industry in this region.”
“For example, in India we have 20 execution destinations of which 10 are domestic Indian brokers. We are similarly successful with increased connectivity in other countries such as Korea and Taiwan.”
Overall, Metabit’s trading access has been extended to many markets ranging from Indonesia to Pakistan and Mainland China to Australia. The company now has access to over 250 execution destinations, across all active DMA markets in Asia, including Japan.
“We want to maximise connectivity to and within Asia for our client base, who can directly access all execution destinations across the major and emerging markets in Asia either through Metabit’s intuitive XiliX trading platform, or through our MLH via a single FIX connection.”
Burgin adds a final comment, “Situated where we are in Tokyo, with offices in Hong Kong, Dalian and Sydney, we understand the needs of Asia market players, whether they want to trade globally or locally. You could say the mindset of Asia is in our blood – we think Asia, so our clients can trade Asia.”
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Japan’s top exchange will seek its own alliances if a planned multi-billion dollar merger of the Singapore and Sydney stock exchanges goes ahead, the bourse’s head said in a report Wednesday.
Atsushi Saito, chief executive of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, told the Financial Times that if SGX’s 8.2 billion dollar offer for ASX went ahead, it would be not be “a good story” for Tokyo.
“If Japan becomes isolated on the international stage — that is not good,” he said. “There are many options. There could be a combination of TSE and others on an international basis.”
Saito’s remarks illustrate how the proposed offer by Singapore’s SGX for ASX has ruffled the region.
“The consensus (among officials at Asian exchanges before the proposed deal was announced) was that such a thing would be impossible in Asia” due to the differences in culture and sense of values, Saito told the newspaper of the proposed deal.
Saito added that if the deal were to go ahead, it could result in a loss for the TSE, which is SGX’s second largest shareholder with 4.9 per cent, the Financial Times said.
“Our shareholdings will be diluted, with our stake falling to about 3.1 per cent. It’s possible we’ll have a loss of hundreds of millions of yen,” he said.
The proposed merger aims to create the world’s fifth biggest exchange with a market capitalisation of about 12.3 billion US dollars, although it first needs to pass regulators and a growing political backlash in Australia.
Analysts say sticking points may include the Singapore government’s large stake in the SGX, which could raise sovereign ownership concerns, and the board’s composition with 11 Singapore representatives and four from Australia.
Source: AFP, 27.10.2010
Controversy grows over SGX’s takeover bid for ASX
The Singapore Exchange’s S$10.7 billion takeover bid for Australia’s ASX Limited faces a difficult road ahead amid political backlash in Australia and shareholder reservations over the deal.
For the transaction to push through, the Australian parliament, currently controlled by a coalition led by the ruling Labour party, would need to lift the 15 percent ownership cap on the ASX bourse. The Australian Treasury could grant a waiver, but the Business Times reports that this could be stymied if any party demands a vote.
Bob Brown of the Greens Party, a key Labour ally, said he was not supportive of the deal given Singapore’s human rights record and the city-state’s execution of an Australian drug smuggler in 2005.
“This is a state that tramples all over freedom of speech, democracy, the rights of oppositions, the ability for public discourse,” he was quoted in a report by the Associated Press. A few other lawmakers also indicated they were inclined to oppose the takeover.
Aside from regulatory approvals, the merger of the two exchanges will also be subject to shareholders’ approvals. But, already, one SGX shareholder has expressed a negative view over the issue.
Under the deal, SGX will issue new shares and pay ASX shareholders a combination of A$22 or S$28.04 in cash and 3.472 new ordinary SGX shares for each existing ASX ordinary share or equivalent to A$48 per share.
Atsushi Saito, chief executive of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE), was quoted by the Financial Times as saying that the transaction could result in a loss for the Japanese exchange, which is SGX’s second largest shareholder with a 4.9 percent stake. He told the UK paper that if the deal were to push through it would not be “a good story” for Tokyo.
Some analysts said the planned acquisition looked expensive. Gabriel Yap, executive chairman of investment firm GCP Global, said the price of A$48 per share “is too high” as it represents 25 times price-to-earnings ratio while the estimated cost synergies and savings at 20% is higher than that achieved in other mergers and takeovers of other exchanges before.
From the point of view of ASX shareholders, “Christmas has come early,” said Yap.
The SGX-ASX deal aims to create the fifth-largest exchange in the world with a market capitalisation of more than US$12.3 billion and to capitalise on opportunities for growth in Asia-Pacific.The press statement on the proposed merger enumerates other benefits.