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State of equity, debt, M&A markets

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"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

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"Although the overall stock market sentiment has been fluctuating due to the challenging global economy, interest in Catalist listings remain positive." - Joan Ling-Lau

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"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

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"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

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"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

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"We expect to see more corporations use Singapore as a hub to further their acquisition drive in South-east Asia." - Ronny Chng

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"The recent volatility and performance of equity markets and lack of viable alternative investments has benefited fixed income markets." - Tan Kee Phong

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"From the issuers' standpoint, the stabilisation of the interest rate environment has made it more attractive for them to issue bonds." - Clifford Lee

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"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 (...

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