Securities Lending: Focus on Asia


We are pleased to announce Brown Brothers Harriman’s participation at the 14th Annual PASLA/RMA conference on Asian Securities Lending in Seoul, where BBH’s Keith Haberlin, Managing Director, Global Head of Securities Lending will join industry leaders on a panel entitled ‘Current and Future State of Securities Finance’.

The panel will address topics affecting securities finance including regulatory implications, issues around supply and demand, and how capital and balance sheets are causing institutions to change their strategies. The panelists will also discuss market turbulence, such as Brexit, the erosion of the European securities lending, and emerging markets.

The panel will take place on Thursday, 9th March at 12:00 – 13:00.

BBH’s Zubair Nizami, Head of Asian Securities Lending Trading and Robert Lees, Global Head of Securities Lending Trading will also be attending the conference which takes place in South Korea from March 7th. They expect to hear lively discussion and presentations around the themes of regulation, opportunities and challenges in the Korean market, as well as how securities lending technology and transparency are evolving.

Robert remarked “We are more confident than ever about the strength of our offering both at an industry level and in Asia. BBH has always been a specialist intrinsic value lender and we pride ourselves on our expertise in lending emerging market equities, which means our strengths play very well to the opportunities available in Asia.  Asia will continue to be an exciting part of our product offering and considering the strong fundamentals and optimism in the region, it will remain a strategic priority for our program”.

In anticipation of the event, Zubair also recently contributed to a Securities Lending Times panel discussion focusing on the potential of China, the Stock Connect and India’s accessibility problems in the spotlight. He noted that “South Korea was by far one of the standout markets in Asia last year and, certainly from our perspective, it generated significantly higher returns than Hong Kong, which in itself had a record year in 2015…We expect that Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea will continue to drive a significant portion of our revenue”.

The full discussion can be read on page 16 of the report by clicking here.