July 12, 2017

Asia-Pacific Debt Capital Markets: Evolving to support a region in transformation

Any examination of the Asia-Pacific region’s capital requirements, whether by a government, issuer or investor, must begin with the acknowledgement that demographic and financial pressures mean countries can no longer ‘go it alone.’

The massive and unprecedented transformation of the Asia-Pacific region, driven by demographics, growing wealth and technological innovation, and reshaping economies, society and infrastructure alike, means debt capital markets must evolve to match. This was the central theme that emerged from the recent NAB 2017 Asian Debt Capital Markets Conference in May, attended by seven leading Australian and New Zealand issuers, and a wide range Asian investors and experts.

Many delegates noted sustainability, diversification and innovation are the new trends taking shape in regional debt capital markets – everything from the structuring of transactions to the green and social bond spaces.

Australia’s early lead in these fields will ensure it plays a growing role not only as an investment destination, but as an exporter of innovation and expertise to the rest of the region, particularly in areas such as green bonds and infrastructure finance.

Download the below paper for more insights shared at the conference:

Asia-Pacific Debt Capital Markets: evolving to support a region in transformation (PDF 1,207KB)