Forward as one

Author: | Published: 1 Nov 2007

Asia is an exciting and demanding region in all walks of life, and none more so than for financial institutions. Speak to an investment banker about prospects for growth of his or her particular business, and it is likely that Asia will be integral, and indeed will be the region where he or she sees the greatest potential.

The demand for all kinds of financial products has grown massively in the region in the last three to four years, and that has brought increasing sophistication across all industry participants – investors, product providers, distributors and service providers. Increasingly, Asia is dictating its own destiny, rather than looking across the globe to developments in the US and Europe.

However, this growth and sophistication brings its own risks and challenges, as shown by a number of responses in this poll of bankers' counsel. Never before has it been so crucial for all practitioners,...