Regulation across Asia, and beyond, is having a profound macro-level effect on corporate treasury activities. In parallel, the ongoing drive for efficiency is triggering some significant changes in the location and deployment of treasury and shared service centres. Mark Troutman, Regional Head of Sales of Global Payments and Cash Management for Asia-Pacific, and Yvonne Yiu, Acting Head of Global Payments and Cash Management for Asia-Pacific, at HSBC, discuss some of the most significant trends in the Asia-Pacific region from the perspective of corporate treasurers who are responding to them.
Although the consumer protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act and similar recent legislation in other countries focus on the retail market, by implication this also encompasses many Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). Furthermore, many of the new measures being put in place by financial institutions will in time percolate upwards to benefit larger corporates as well. Sathya Ram, Regional Head of Clearing and Foreign Currency Payment Products of Global Payments and Cash Management for Asia-Pacific at HSBC, explores some of the implications of the legislation in Asia for corporate treasury and finance functions.
The recent development of transaction transparency in the payment business has been the increased focus of local regulators and market participants in Asia. As Sathya Ram, Regional Head of Clearing and Foreign Currency Payment Products of Global Payments and Cash Management for Asia-Pacific at HSBC, explains, this has important implications for corporate treasuries, as well more general connotations for economic development across the region.
There has been considerable discussion about the implications for corporates regarding the implementation of measures relating to Basel III. Some have forecast diminished capacity for bank lending and increasing costs thereof. At the same time, as Thomas Schickler, Global Head of Liquidity and Investments at HSBC, explains, the real impact and even opportunity for a corporate treasury perspective depends upon both the individual bank and the extent of the treasury's engagement.
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As both renminbi and foreign exchange deregulation progress in China, new opportunities for treasury management emerge, with both the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) and the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) recently announcing important changes. Yet taking advantage of these opportunities is not always quite as straightforward as it seems, due to the different ways in which the two regulators concerned operate. Nicole Lin, Head of Product Management of Global Payments and Cash Management, HSBC China, outlines some of these differences and their practical implications for corporate treasurers.
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