"The domestic market in Singapore remains small and local companies are not of enough critical mass to sustain a series of large capital listings and jumbo IPOs."
- Jeremy Sng
"Although the overall stock market sentiment has been fluctuating due to the challenging global economy, interest in Catalist listings remain positive." - Joan Ling-Lau
"We saw interest returning to the IPO market with IPO proceeds raised in the third quarter exceeding that for the whole of the first half of 2014."
- Tan Jeh Wuan
"Many South-east Asian clients are pursuing cross-border M&A transactions to diversify and expand their businesses outside of their home markets."
- Jason Morris
"Access to abundant low-cost external liquidity in the current low interest rate climate means that even companies that are less cash-rich are able to fund strategic acquisitions."
- Chang Tou Chen
"We expect to see more corporations use Singapore as a hub to further their acquisition drive in South-east Asia."
- Ronny Chng
"The recent volatility and performance of equity markets and lack of viable alternative investments has benefited fixed income markets."
- Tan Kee Phong
"From the issuers' standpoint, the stabilisation of the interest rate environment has made it more attractive for them to issue bonds."
- Clifford Lee
"Singapore's success as a private banking hub has been the key driver of the local currency bond market."
- Kuan Ern Tan
THE state of corporate finance in Singapore has been rather patchy, public offerings have been pathetic but there's been plenty of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity, especially cross border deals. Another booming segment is the local debt market. We ask the experts what's ailing IPOs (...