Asia continues to lag other regions for integrating ESG principles with investing; better data and stronger regulatory requirements will help institutional investors, market observers say.
The Lauras GroupÆs key product areas will remain unchanged from Green OrangeÆs focus. On the fixed-income side, the executive search firm will continue to cater for professionals in debt capital markets, leveraged, syndicated and structured finance, as well as fixed-income sales, trading, research, derivatives, risk management and quantitative analysis.
Within the equities sphere, the firm will focus on cash equity and derivatives research, sales, trading and sales trading, corporate finance and equity capital markets, private equity, venture capital and principal investment. While its multi-product people will focus on private bank product groups, investment management, hedge funds and alternative investment.
The creation of the Laurus GroupÆs began in March when Mark Jones, former managing director of Search Pacific, was made managing director at Green Orange and of the three partners at the firm. Jones has been in Hong Kong since 1993 covering all debt related disciplines as well as cash equities and derivatives. He established Search Pacific in 2004 with its headquarters in San Diego. Outside of Search Pacific, Jones was managing director at Pelham Search Pacific in Hong Kong.
The director trinity of the Laurus Group also comprises of Nick Green and Jason Orange, who both held the same role at Green Orange.
Green specializes in sourcing professionals across all levels of seniority for regional corporate finance, private equity and product specialists within private banking. Arriving in Hong Kong in 2000, he has successfully placed finance professionals into European and US investment banks in the region.
For the firm, Orange is responsible for placing candidates at the managing director, director, vice president, associate and analyst levels with a focus on Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore. Starting in executive search in 2000, he has placed candidates in corporate finance, equity capital markets and equities.
The appetite of institutional investors for green, social, and sustainable bonds that bring clear environmental and socio-economic benefits shows no sign of waning.
The German insurer has plans for the property sector in Australia and China too.
Global investors are advised to look selectively at Japanese equities as the country recovers from lockdown and continues to improve corporate governance.
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