Initiated by students from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the Asia Investment Banking Conference (AIBC) is the largest student-run conference in Asia focused on corporate advisory and financial markets. Held for the 8th year running, the conference continues to attract more than 300 of the brightest and most talented students from approximately 50 renowned universities across the globe each year. As Asian financial markets evolve and become more dynamic, this year's conference will comprise keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and interactive learning sessions featuring senior professionals within the industry.
What seemed to be a global monetary divergence is no longer the case. Along with increasing regulatory demands, uncertain macroeconomic outlook and disruptions stemming from the growth of finance technology, the Investment Banking industry faces a global market that has never been more prone to risk and destabilisation than today. This historic confluence of macroeconomic events today suggests that corporate advisory will only be made more relevant, as market participants seek to make sense of the underlying complexity against time to discover hidden opportunities.
The key is Asia.
China’s economic transition, continued emerging market weakness and heightened geopolitical risks have given Asia even more power in shaping the world. In what manner will markets in Asia thrive amidst the diverging economic pictures between the East and the West? What ripples will the current commodity slump send to global deal-making and beyond? How will Asian financial markets leverage on Asia’s new normal to deliver new opportunities? As these opportunities unfold, will their risks be worth taking?
As a run-up to the conference, the Research Team will publish research commentaries under 'Perspectives' on current issues relating to macroeconomic developments and their impacts on corporate advisory and beyond. These commentaries provide a teaser to the kinds of conversation that the conference will hold. As a premature effort by the team to make sense of the nuances and complexities within global market developments, this initiative seeks to inspire a spirit of inquiry that not only flourishes in financial market analyses - but also one that nourishes life in general.