• Talent Movement: The Greater Bay Area

    19 days ago

    According to the Wealth Report 2020 by Knight Frank, China is listed the second of the global Ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) distribution chart, over 61,000 individuals worth over USD 30m. With this rising income in mainland China unleashed the potential for future growth in the Greater Bay Area (GBA).The Talent DemandWhile China has prioritized the GBA for investm...

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  • 2020 Reflections: Looking Back to Move Forward

    about 1 month ago

    2020 was a challenging year. It can be tempting for everyone to enter 2021 with blind optimism. However, we suggest learning as much as possible from reflections from 2020. Download our latest report to understand more.

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  • Asian Fund Firms Hiring Focus in 2021 | Part 1 of 2

    about 1 month ago

    We all would think after the interesting year 2020, many hiring plans should be reduced or on hold. However, we see bright side on fund houses in Asia throughout Q4 in 2020, including Pictet Asset Management opens unit in Shanghai, billionaire Ray Dalio set up a family office in Singapore, US-based asset manager Barings expands Asia Pacific operations to Singapore. Asian fun...

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  • North Asia Financial Services Market Update

    2 months ago

    ​2020 was a challenging year, fraught with pandemic, trade wars, and geopolitical upheaval. Not since the financial crisis of 2008 did we experience such turmoil in the financial sector. However, in Hong Kong and, more broadly, North Asia, our clients see extraordinary opportunities on the horizon. As 2020 ends, it is a time for every industry, including financial serv...

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  • Western firms looking to expand and recruit in China

    2 months ago

    Goldman Sachs will buy out its China joint venture partner. This will make it the most advanced foreign bank to take full ownership of a mainland securities business. Having a lack of total control on mainland securities entities has long been a bugbear for Western firms. And not just Goldman Sachs, others are also aiming for 100% control - including Citi, UBS and Credit Sui...

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  • Chinese Banks are Leading the APAC Revenue Ranking Chart

    3 months ago

    While we are stepping closer to the end of the year 2020, it is a time to review and give a summary on the performance. According to Dealogic latest figures, Chinese banks are not just dominant players in domestic league tables, but also well-positioned in most rankings that cover the whole Asia Pacific region.Chinese Banks are Powerful in Capital MarketsThroughout the year,...

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  • 12 Days of Career Advice

    3 months ago

    ​As the holidays approach, often full of end-of-year reviews, promotions and job hunting, it’s more important than ever to demonstrate your abilities. We have put together the 12 most fundamental tips that will help you excel in your career. 

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  • 2020 Bonuses

    3 months ago

    Now we are coming close to the bonuses season. 2020 has been a journey. Because of the Covid-19, travel restrictions, quarantine requirements and similar issues posed serious hurdles. It has interrupted the basic activities to develop transactions. As a result, it forced the Asia Pacific M&A to put on hold. In the first half of 2020, there has been a 17% decrease in deal...

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  • Diversity: Women in Finance

    3 months ago

    According to McKinsey 2018 report, less than a fifth of all C-suite executives working in finance were women. Most banks are painfully aware of this discrepancy in diversity. Do we know why?Historically, banking has been a very male-dominated sector, particularly across certain verticals such as Market Risk, Technology and Investment Banking. Data from crowdsourced pay data ...

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  • The Benefits of Using a Specialist Recruiter to Find Talent

    4 months ago

    Sourcing the right talent at the right time can prove arduous for any company. But the process becomes even more challenging when you work within a niche industry or sector. In these situations, a specialist recruiter can help find the perfect candidate for a hard-to-fill role.There are several benefits a specialist recruiter can offer when looking to find niche talent:Deep ...

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  • 5 Tips for Dealing With Back to the Office Blues

    4 months ago

    Back to the office blues affects people in different ways and it is often just a temporary blip.  Following an unprecedented and anxiety-ridden period of working from home, it seems fair to expect the transition back to the office to be a little more intense than usual though.Having to share space, commute and fit back into a rigid routine may feel tiring and restrictive; an...

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  • Global Whitepaper: The Work-Life Rebalance

    5 months ago

    ​Covid-19 brings in the biggest workforce to experience the longest period in history for working from home. Pre-COVID, the majority of financial services companies already have flexible work policy in place. However, this largest working from home experience inspires everyone to rethink the meaning of work-life balance.

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  • Investment Professionals in Asia Switching to Wealth Management

    5 months ago

    This year, there are multiple moves from the buy-side to the wealth management space. Julius Baer and Citi Private Bank, for example, have all appointed ex asset management professionals to join the wealth team. There is an increase in movement from asset managers to wealth management firms. What are the reasons and what are the opportunities?Wealth Management Has a Continua...

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  • What to Do If You're Made Redundant at this Difficult Time?

    5 months ago

    Covid-19 has disrupted the global economy and the job market, leaving some employers little choice but to downsize their headcount to survive. Being made redundant can affect everyone mentally, financially, and emotionally. However, the key to surviving this is to overcome the challenges and make the most out of it. Why? It's a temporary state of being. This article aims to ...

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  • REOPEN Office with These Simple Six Steps

    5 months ago

    It feels normal to work from home now. After a long period of being part of the biggest remote workforce in history, it can feel a bit uncertain and daunting to reopen the office.No doubt, the biggest challenge employers face a few months ago was moving the workforce out of the office. Luckily, the financial services sector has been an easier group to transition. Most of the...

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  • Ready to Return? Six Steps to Get Back to the Office

    5 months ago

    ​Financial services professionals, how have you all been for the longest period of working from home? Are you already tired with all the video calls and online meetings? Are you impatient to return to the office to see your colleagues in person again?Good news is, Covid-19 cases been dropping in Hong Kong, and the government has been easing up the restrictions. Companies are...

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  • Rethinking the Value of Loyalty

    5 months ago

    ​Recently, we had the pleasure of presenting to a group of MBA students from The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. Our Group Marketing Director, Luis Rolim, advised on how professionals can navigate a difficult job market, as well as improve their personal branding. Interestingly, in both sessions, the same question was asked by a member of the...

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  • The Opportunities for Financial Services Professionals from Biggest 2020 IPO

    6 months ago

    ​Ant Financial filed to list its shares in Hong Kong and Shanghai, this could be among the biggest in history. The dual IPO will provide, no doubt, a lot of work to bankers who are working on the deal. What other opportunities will this deal bring to financial services professionals?BonusesAnt Financial said it will offer at least 10 per cent of its shares in a dual offering...

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  • Why You Should Not Hesitate to Find A New Job

    6 months ago

    In times of uncertainty, we are supposed to lay low and wait for better days, right? With the global pandemic looming over our heads, this argument is strengthened by lower economic activity and reduced expectations. However, staying where you are in terms of your career may be just the thing you should not be doing. Finding a new job could be more beneficial.Someone says th...

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  • Hiring in Chinese Investment Banks

    6 months ago

    Chinese i-banks are dominating the world’s top-10 investment banks. According to Bloomberg, Chinese i-bank Citic Securities is the third most valuable brokerage globally. Furthermore, five other mainland firms also listed in the top-10. They are CSC Financial (China Securities), Huatai Securities, China Merchants Securities, Haitong Securities, and Guotai Junan Securities. ...

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