ICMA in Asia Pacific
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ICMA has established an Asia-Pacific representative office in Hong Kong and has launched the Asia Pacific Regional Committee to effectively address the needs of its members in the region and promote regulatory and market practice initiatives related to ICMA’s areas of international expertise.

Among the association’s activities in Asia Pacific:
  • ICMA facilitates two debt primary market committees in the region, the ICMA Asia Pacific Bond Syndicate Forum and the ICMA Asia Pacific Legal & Documentation Forum, which allow participants to shape cross-border primary market practices in Asia and provide Asian perspectives on European regulation and practice.
  • ICMA has co-published guides to Infrastructure Financing in Asia and to Repo in Asia.
  • In China, ICMA advises the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) on green finance regulations and works with the National Association of Financial Market Institutional Investors (NAFMII) on developing the Chinese onshore and cross-border bond markets.
  • In Southeast Asia, ICMA advises a number of countries on international standards to assist in the development of their repo market structure, oversight, and documentation as well as the development of green bond markets and guidelines.
  • Across the region, ICMA holds frequent workshops on the Global Master Repurchase Agreement (GMRA) and international repo best practice.

ICMA works together with a number of associations in Asia:
ICMA also has observer status on ASEAN+3 Multi-Currency Bond Issuance Framework (AMBIF)'s Documentation Recommendation Board (ADRB), which provides recommendations on best market practice and standard documentation for professional bond markets for the ASEAN + 3 region (refers to the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) plus the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea).

Useful links:
I. Pan Asia-Pacific

i) Repo
ii) Other

II. China

i) Green bond market

The practice and prospects for green bond market development at home and abroad - published by the NAFMII-ICMA Working Group, 8th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue (2017).
China's Green Bond Market, 11 January 2017

English versions of the Green financial bond rules of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC):
These translations have been coordinated and made available by ICMA for information only. In case of any discrepancy between these translations and the original Chinese version, please refer to the Chinese version as the official document.

ii) International Practices of Bond Trustee Arrangements - published by the ICMA-NAFMII Working Group: 9th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue - December 2018

iii) The Panda Bond Market and Perspectives of Foreign Issuers - published by the ICMA-NAFMII Working Group: 8th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue - October 2017

iv) Practices and procedures in the Chinese and international primary debt capital markets - published by the ICMA-NAFMII Working Group, 6th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue - September 2015

IMF’s latest Financial System Stability Assessment of the People’s Republic of China - published 2017

vi) Other

See also
ICMA Legal & Regulatory Helpdesk in Hong Kong

(Members only)

+852 2531 6590

For legal enquiries: legalhelpdesk@icmagroup.org

For market practice and regulatory policy queries: regulatoryhelpdesk@icmagroup.org

ICMA representative office in Hong Kong

Phone: +852 2531 6592

Hong Kong Representative Office
Unit 3603, Tower 2, Lippo Centre
89 Queensway Admiralty
Hong Kong

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Mushtaq Kapasi

Managing Director, Chief Representative, ICMA Asia Pacific

Direct line: +852 2531 6590


Ricco Zhang

Director, ICMA Asia Pacific

Direct line: +852 2531 6591


Yanqing Jia

Associate, ICMA Asia Pacific

Direct line: +852 2531 6593


Wing Wong

Assistant, ICMA Asia Pacific

Direct line: +852 2531 6592



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