MARC presented awards to the high achievers of its Lead Managers' League Tables for 2021, at an awards ceremony held at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur yesterday. Published annually, the league tables rank the lead managers by volume and number of lead-arranged issuances rated by MARC in any given year.
The issue count league table of MARC-rated debt and sukuk programmes/issuances was led by RHB Investment Bank Berhad. Maybank Investment Bank Berhad was in second place, while in third place was HSBC Amanah Malaysia Berhad.
RHB Investment Bank Berhad also took the top spot in the 2021 Lead Managers' League Tables by issued value. Maybank Investment Bank Berhad came in second place, followed by CIMB Investment Bank Berhad in third place.
Small Medium Enterprise Development Bank Malaysia Berhad (SME Bank) was recognised in a separate category and awarded MARC's Sustainability Award 2021. This award is in recognition of the bank's issuance of a RM500 million ASEAN Sustainability Sukuk in 2021, aimed at providing financing facilities for the SME segment in projects embedded with environmental, social and governance (ESG) elements.
"On behalf of MARC, it is our pleasure to be honouring the top achievers of MARC's Lead Managers' League Tables for 2021. The award winners reflect the excellence that we continue to witness in helping clients to raise funds from the capital market, which is an integral part in nation building. I am hopeful that the awards will serve as an inspiration for all to achieve greater heights in the future," said Datuk Jamaludin.
Datuk Jamaludin also said that the Malaysian capital market, which continues to be vibrant and resilient despite the COVID-19 pandemic, is impactful today as it has a strong ability to change the world.
"In our role as key players in the capital market, we can help promote the integration of ESG criteria for investment decisions to create a sustainable future for us.
"In addition, as Malaysia transitions into a developed nation, we have the ability to assist our Malaysian companies with funding alternatives so that they can be competitive firms in the global economy," he added.