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CAPITAL MARKET

For any business, going public is a significant milestone. Among others, a company must be prepared for structural and regulatory requirements as well as for the increasing demands of external investors. A comprehensive action plan, timetable and communications structure are key ingredients.

For startups seeking to build a sustainable and enduring business, we’ve covered a lot of the strategic nancing milestones along the way — from mindsets for startup fundraising to when and how to build a nance function with a CFO to what it takes to do an initial public oering (IPO). There’s also a lot that goes on behind the scenes en route to IPO, including how they’re priced, that may aect company building.

Riding on the momentum from Q4 2019, global IPO markets continued to perform well in the first two months of 2020. The unexpected and novel events surrounding COVID-19 took a toll on the global health of equity markets and, together with other global market factors, have caused market turmoil not seen since the global financial crisis.

The Global IPO Watch analyses IPO and FO trends on a quarterly basis, both at a global and regional level. It is based on data extracted from Dealogic, whereby only transactions with a minimum of $5 million money raised have been included. Transaction proceeds include the overallotment option (if exercised).

In recent year, the survival of public companies after the IPO has gained attention among academic researchers. The survivors in this study were defined as companies that continued to be listed in the Market or companies that have been transferred to other Marketsi as of December 31, 2017.

Turning an enterprise into a publicly traded company through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) is a significant milestone for your company. It calls for the combined efforts of advisers from the accounting, legal, financial advisory and underwriting professions.

For a business, going public is never a straightforward process. Amongst others, a company is to be prepared for structural and regulatory requirements as well as for the demands of external investors.

What is a Direct Listing?
A direct listing is a way for companies to become publicly traded by listing existing outstanding shares on a stock exchange without selling shares through an underwritten offering.

Challenging markets may come and go, but companies that outperform the overall market prepare early for their initial public offering (IPO). Businesses need to undergo many months of advanced planning, organization and teamwork before they are ready to go public.

A successful IPO and listing on Bursa Malaysia can be an important milestone for a company to meet its long-term goals and aspirations. The relevant authorities will look at several areas to determine the suitability of your company for listing.

For a business, going public is never a straightforward process. Amongst others, a company is to be prepared for structural and regulatory requirements as well as for the demands of external investors.

What is a Direct Listing?
A direct listing is a way for companies to become publicly traded by listing existing outstanding shares on a stock exchange without selling shares through an underwritten offering.

FINTECH INDUSTRY

FinTech startups are moving out of niche use cases and are beginning to operate at scale. Where they once catered to specific demographics, the sector is now providing services across the financial services value chain — to all demographics, in a much larger playing field. And after proving product-market fit in their home geographies, the most successful FinTech companies are testing altered products in new geographies with unfamiliar regulations.

This Selected Issues paper on Malaysia was prepared by a staff team of the International Monetary Fund as background documentation for the periodic consultation with the member country. It is based on the information available at the time it was completed on January 23, 2020.

Closed due to coronavirus sign hanging in a shuttered business' window. For years PayPal PYPL, Square SQ, and other fintechs have boasted about their ability to out bank the traditional banks. Now they have a chance to demonstrate that as they play a role in getting billions of dollars in the hands of struggling small businesses amid the COVID19 pandemic.

The entry barriers to traditional Banks have been disrupted with new specialized entrants and emerging business models which have blurred the lines between business and technology.

Who’s better — digital or traditional banks — depends on what criteria is used to make the determination. But there’s a case to made for both sides of the coin.

Financial Technology (FinTech) is increasingly important in Malaysia’s financial sector. Conditions are good for further growth given a growing middle class.

Governments and businesses across Asia are investing in FinTechs – both to promote financial inclusion and commercial gain.

Digital or virtual banks are an opportunity or disruption across the financial services sector - impacting both challenger (entrants) and imcumbent (traditional) banks. Besides promoting innovation, Bank Negara Malaysia's vision is for digital banks to enhance financial inclusion.

Conditions in domestic financial markets improved during the quarter contributed mainly by the resumption in non-resident portfolio inflows. This was largely driven by positive developments in global trade negotiations and global monetary policy easing, which led to improved investor sentiments.

The financial services industry has seen drastic technology-led changes over the past few years. Many executives look to their IT departments to improve efficiency and facilitate game-changing innovation – while somehow also lowering costs and continuing to support legacy systems.

Governments and businesses across Asia are investing in FinTechs – both to promote financial inclusion and commercial gain.

Digital or virtual banks are an opportunity or disruption across the financial services sector - impacting both challenger (entrants) and imcumbent (traditional) banks. Besides promoting innovation, Bank Negara Malaysia's vision is for digital banks to enhance financial inclusion.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

Moving forward in 2020. Now eleven years on from the mining of the genesis block on the bitcoin network, Blockchain technology’s popularity has seen a historic rise and a significant fall. 2020 brings with it an opportunity for the technology to move further away from experimental PoCs and pursue more significant investment for real business-ready solutions.

As digital technologies dramatically reshape industry after industry, many companies are pursuing large-scale change efforts to capture the benefits of these trends or simply to keep up with competitors. In a new McKinsey Global Survey on digital transformations, more than eight in ten respondents say their organizations have undertaken such efforts in the past five years.

How does a blockchain work? In his original Bitcoin white paper , Satoshi Nakamoto defined an electronic coin - the Bitcoin - as "a chain of digital signatures" known as the 'blockchain'. The blockchain enables each coin owner to transfer an amount of currency directly to any other party connected to the same network, without the need for a financial institution to mediate the exchange.

Digital Technology is slowly being recognized as an important enabler for innovations. Digital Transformation brings forth unmatched opportunities and capabilities for growth and value creation.

Bitcoin, Gold Set for 2020 Growth on Fixed Supply, More Adoption.

It takes more than technology to lead the digital revolution. A balance of innovation, new technologies and human insights is key for businesses to survive and thrive in the digital world.

In a digital world, where disruption is not a one-off or discrete event, but a way of life, Businesses will need to change to remain fit for purpose.

So we started the New year on a good note and the 1st month 2020 is also almost over. Wait! When we talked about starting it on a good note, didn’t that make you wonder what does it actually mean? Are all the technology predictions of 2020 are going to become true this year?

Digital disruption is changing the world in which we live and work. New technologies have created new markets that, in turn, create new customers and new competitors. And those customers and competitors are driving new expectations.

Where do you see opportunities for growth in 2020? As we enter a new decade, one thing is certain: cloud adoption will continue to rise as companies embrace flexible consumption through both hybrid and multicloud environments.

With 1 billion digital natives joining the labor force in the next seven years, 70 billion connected computing devices by 2020 and the amount of data doubling every 18 months, digital is the new era of business across all the industries.

Governments and businesses across Asia are investing in FinTechs – both to promote financial inclusion and commercial gain.

CORPORATE AFFAIRS

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has already brought considerable human suffering and major economic disruption. Output contractions in China are being felt around the world, reflecting the key and rising role China has in global supply chains, travel and commodity markets. Subsequent outbreaks in other economies are having similar effects, albeit on a smaller scale.

Global growth is forecast at 3.0 percent for 2019, its lowest level since 2008–09 and projected to pick up to 3.4 percent in 2020

Venture capital firms can be a very attractive source of capital for accelerating growth. However, there are many misconceptions about venture capital that make otherwise qualified firms unsure about pursuing VC financing. The reality is that qualified firms can readily access venture capital funds in a timely manner, often at very attractive valuations. This guide is intended to help founders and senior managers of technology, business services, and digital media companies determine whether venture capital is right for their respective organizations.

This report is jointly commissioned by MIA (Malaysian Institute of Accountants) and ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) to provide insights into the collective viewpoints of accounting and finance professionals, with regards to the business outlook for Malaysia in 2020 and in the medium term. Second in a series, this study is part of a collaborative research initiative undertaken by both professional bodies to synergise resources and share critical findings on pertinent topics in today’s business landscape.

VC Market in Asia remained soft in Q4’19. While there were challenges for Asia’s VC market this yer, some positive outcomes emerged, including the market self-correcting before it became too big of a bubble.

Influenced by the rise of global markets, giant advances in technology and changes in investment landscape, the finance function today is much more than “beancounter” of the past.

The Outlook comprises three main parts, each highlighting a particular dimension of recent economic developments in the region, which includes regional economic monitor, depicting the economic outlook and macroeconomic challenges in the region.

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak affects the PRC and other developing Asian economies through numerous channels. The magnitude of the economic impact will depend on how the outbreak evolves, which remains highly uncertain.

After roaring ahead in 2017 and 2018, Asia-Pacific private equity (PE) investment declined year-on-year as the region’s largest market, Greater China, slumped. There, the boom that produced record deal value for two years running ended abruptly

Covid 19 took the world by surprise in the new year and as the virus spreads it is impacting businesses and markets globally. Businesses need to respond, refresh and accelerate contingency planning to ensure they survive the downturn and position for growth when the recovery comes.

It's one thing for a CFO to understand the technical methods of valuation—and for members of the finance organization to apply them to help line managers monitor and improve company performance.

We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people.