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Journey to
Executive editor Neil Stewart
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Founding editor Janet Dignan
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the center
Chief copy editor Kathleen Hennessy
Deputy editor Clare Harrison

of the earth
International correspondent Tim Human
Reporter Robin Froggatt-Smith
Contributors Brad Allen, Adrienne Baker,
Jeff Cossette, Ian Williams

Head of art and production Mariel Tabora Foulds

Assistant design editor Jonathan Parker In December, as man-made islands full of empty buildings languished
Senior designers Julie Binchet, Catherine
Schmitt Brookes in Dubai and US developers struggled to keep commercial property
Designer James Noden afloat, I was marveling at more new eye-popping buildings taking shape
President Ian Richman
in Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Publisher Harvey Hudes We were there celebrating our Asia IR awards. Unlike elsewhere in 2009,
Sales and marketing director David Sweet these awards had no gloomy tinge because the financial crisis never really
Sales assistant Gabriella Gal
Head of awards Jeremy Lankshear
hit in Asia. According to market intelligence firm Ipreo, Hong Kong and
Events manager Becky Hurley China have already bounced back to their 2007 levels of net foreign equity
Head of conferences Athena Sammy investment. New issuance in Hong Kong and China jumped to a record pace
Conference producer William Russell
Conference coordinator Carol Buonanno
over the last six months, with at least one Hong Kong consultant rubbing
Events coordinator Ewa Karczmarz his hands at the prospect of 700 new IPOs in the city-state in 2010.
Webcomms coordinator Katy Littlewood
This is Asia’s century. A sportswear company IRO from Beijing told me
Chinese manufacturers aren’t worried about the US consumer recovery
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US Brigitte Toledano tel: +1 212 430 6861 as they have a huge and growing number of Chinese consumers to sell
Europe David Barrett tel: +44 20 7251 7521 to. In IR and corporate governance, Asian companies adapted to western
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practices over the last 20 years. Magnus Böcker, the former NASDAQ
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IROs at the IR Magazine South East Asia Conference to ‘steal with pride’.
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Shanghai office things. Bank of China chairman Xiao Gang recently called for Chinese
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corporate governance reform. Chinese banks, he said, should build
General inquiries their governance with Chinese characteristics, and at the heart of
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The new buildings in Asia are like no others in the world, and the
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