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China Bank Capital is PH top corporate bonds arranger; Cristina Arceo is top trader

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

For the second year in a row, China Bank Capital is the Investors' Choice or the top arranger for primary corporate bond issues in the Philippines, and the number two sell-side firm in the secondary market for corporate bonds, from number three in 2019, according to the 2020 Asian Local Currency Bond Benchmark Review of The Asset Benchmark Research. Meanwhile, China Bank Fixed Income Head Cristina Arceo ranked number one in the Philippines among local currency bond individuals in trading, from number two in 2019.

For the 2020 Benchmark Review, conducted in the first half of the year, The Asset surveyed 336 institutional fixed income investors across ten Asian markets, including the Philippines. The respondents rated the best banks or security companies in terms of the quality and the quantity of the issues for the primary market, and across a series of buying criteria for the secondary market. For the top individuals, over 600 were nominated but only 200 achieved a rank.

“We’re so grateful and proud to again earn the distinction of Investor’s Choice.  This would not be possible without the trust and confidence of the issuers and the support of our senior management and the various units of the Bank, particularly the Financial Markets Segment (Treasury, Wealth, and Trust), Institutional Banking, Retail Banking, and Operations. Having the best trader in the market, Cris Arceo, also enables us to do what we do,” said China Bank Capital President Ryan Martin Tapia.

In the last four years, China Bank Capital has consistently made it to The Asset's Benchmark Review rankings for corporate bonds. After its establishment in 2015, China Bank Capital ranked number three in the secondary market in 2016 and number two in the same category in 2017. And for the first time, China Bank Capital figured in the primary market for corporate bonds in 2018, landing the second top spot.

Arceo has also figured prominently in The Asset's Benchmark Review, ranking number two in 2016 and number one in trading in the Philippines in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

"I am honored with this award as it is an affirmation of our dedicated service to our clients. I share this award with my Fixed Income Team who are all great team players, with China Bank Capital for their various primary market flows, and with the top management who have always been supportive of our business. I also thank the Institutional Sales Team for being our valuable partner in delivering quality service to our customers,” said Arceo.

The Asset is one of the foremost business publications in Asia and organizer of the prestigious Triple A Awards. The Asian Local Currency Benchmark Review is conducted annually since 2000 to provide data on the product needs of investors and market penetration of banks, while at the same time ranking the top sell-side firms in the Asian local currency bond markets by country and sub-market.

Please click these links for the full list of winners:
https://www.theasset.com/awards/sellside-firm-acb2020
https://www.theasset.com/awards/local-currency-bond-individuals-2020

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