Focus Asia

The momentum of change, particularly in digitalization and automation within the financial industry is strong in Asia. We note many local initiatives with one common outcome: increase in investment in distribution of financial products, which includes mutual funds.


The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) doled out the first batch of digital banking licenses with much fanfare in December following delay due to the virus. Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) created new strategies around climate and sustainability for the finance sector. Bank of Thailand further relaxed rules around foreign investment by local firms and residents to boost financial activity while controlling rise of Thai Baht, a trend that began five years ago. Perhaps of greatest interest in the region, is China’s increase in momentum relating to the development of the Greater Bay Area (GBA).


As a pioneer in fund distribution digitalization, MFEX has led industry changes across Asia in the past seven years, as we continue to serve Asia-based fund companies by bringing their funds to European distributors, while working in tandem with Asian offices of the top 40 international fund companies to support their distribution efforts in the region.


MFEX Singapore celebrates its 7th year in the market with the original pioneer team still at the helm, ensuring high organizational stability and continuity for MFEX’s strategic initiatives in the region.


MFEX Malaysia is on track to increase resources and capabilities in 2021. The team has now more than 60 highly experienced fund specialists supporting our global clients.


MFEX Hong Kong received a SFC license in 2019 and continues to lead the firm’s expansion in North Asia. We further consolidated our leadership position in Thailand as the preferred fund platform for distributors and institutional investors, with new partnerships and initiatives customized for the market.


As the recovery looks set to gain momentum in 2021, MFEX is well positioned as the largest independent fund platform in Europe and Asia and keeps investing in technologies, capabilities, and resources across Asia.


For more information, please contact Steffen Ahlers, MFEX Managing Director Asia at: steffen.ahlers@mfex.com

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