Asian Capital Markets at an Inflection Point – “Opportunities & Risks Ahead”
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Asia’s financial markets – flush with liquidity and riding a wave of economic growth – are at an inflection point. Corporate issuers, investment banks, hedge funds and private investors have evolved over the past two decades, just as capital sources and economies have become more diverse. A burgeoning middle class across India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and other countries drives expansion, but each market brings its own advantages and challenges. China remains a major source of both inbound and outbound investment.  Corporations and banks from Japan, Korea and Singapore still drive huge investments across the region. What will the next decade bring?  

Milbank Capital Markets partner James Grandolfo, who leads the firm’s Hong Kong office, has been navigating Asia’s markets for decades while advising on a number of blockbuster transactions, including the largest-ever Philippine IPO. In this episode, he and podcast host Allan Marks, who has worked on transactions in China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan and Korea, together explore: 

  • the biggest changes in Asia’s markets over the last decade
  • the growing sophistication and breadth of Asia’s capital markets for debt and equity
  • how deal terms and financial products are evolving to meet the needs of Asian corporate issuers
  • balancing management goals for growth in profits and market share with risk mitigation and ESG concerns, seen from the perspectives of CFOs, lenders and investors

About the Speakers
James Grandolfo leads Milbank’s Hong Kong office. With over 20 years of experience advising clients in every major country in Asia, he represents issuers and investment banks in a variety of debt, equity and equity-linked capital markets transactions.

Podcast host Allan Marks is one of the world's leading project finance lawyers. He advises developers, investors, lenders, and underwriters around the world in the development and financing of complex infrastructure projects, as well as related acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets transactions. Mr. Marks also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley at both the Law School and the Haas School of Business.

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