Blog Entries and Commentaries

Postcard from Tibet

– My train trip to Tibet
– Thoughts on the future of Tibet as part of China.
Dear Mathew,
I am writing to you after the very successful completion of the 10th The Asian Banker Summit, which was held in Beijing. As you know, … Continue reading…

Bill Seidman, my friend, passed away

Lewis William Seidman, the chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), set up during the US savings and loans crisis of the 1980s and the first chairman of the Resolution Trust Corporation (the precursor of the textbook good-bank-bad-bank model) died … Continue reading…

Agricultural Bank of China IPO – a French partner? – and meetings with Chinese bank chairmans

One of the more satisfying opportunities in my career has been the access that I have had to some of the Big Four banks in China. My friendship with Mr Jiang Jianqing goes back to 2003 when I … Continue reading…

Time to be really stupid about DBS – after Richard Stanley

I want to repeat, firstly, the comments posted in a previous blog, that when a man dies, you leave him alone and you remember all that is the best about him. I have known Richard Stanley casually since … Continue reading…

Obama and sentiments in Asia

On the morning of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the first “non-white” president of the United States, I reflected on the impressions of his elections in the different Asian countries I am familiar with. For my … Continue reading…

Semantics and the global financial order

(This is an edited version of a closing keynote speech I gave at a conference for corporate treasurers and finance heads of banks on 16 October, 2008. I have added to it since to consolidate my thoughts on … Continue reading…