Asia Pacific Financial Services Insights

Digital Adoption

As APAC Financial Institutions continue to evolve at an accelerated speed, they will need to adapt to be more efficient and scalable in order to future-proof. The most resilient Financial Institutions will likely be those who can efficiently, effectively and securely enhance their client experiences as well as improve internal operational efficiencies with a combination of digitization and automation.

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Kiet Tran

Previously, he was the firm's global head of Pricing and Reference Data, an award-winning set of services providing independent pricing and market data to help financial institutions manage risk and operations effectively. As a senior leader, Mr. Tran has been involved in multiple acquisitions in the IHS Markit pricing, indices and loans businesses. He had joined Markit in 2005 to run North American credit operations and build the firm's comprehensive services for the syndicated loan market. He started his career as a fixed income analyst at BlackRock. Mr. Tran graduated magna cum laude with a degree in economics and business management from Binghamton University in New York, United States.

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Ross Allen

Mr. Allen is a member of the global benchmark reform program at IHS Markit and is also Global Head of Term Risk Free Rates (TRFR).Previously, he served as Head of Financial Markets APAC and was responsible for leading and growing the IHS Markit Financial Markets business across Asia-Pacific. Mr. Allen has an accounting and OTC derivatives background and has worked extensively on regulatory impact to develop innovative products to meet regulatory change. He has over 20 years experience in the financial services industry covering cash, derivatives and alternative assets markets across a variety of roles. Mr. Allen has worked in London, Singapore and currently based in Sydney and spent the last decade focusing on Asia-Pacific market development.

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Julian Chesser

He is responsible for the franchise across Asia Pacific, including all expansion into China and India. Mr. Chesser joined the firm in 2012 from Fidelity International, where he was COO for Fixed Income based in London. He was the Accountable Executive for a major technology re-stack including risk management and trading. He worked at J.P. Morgan from 1997 to 2002 in London, New York and Milan and was co-head of fixed income operations from 2000. Mr. Julian Chesser holds an LLB from the University of Warwick, UK, and completed his bar finals in London.

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Ming Cheung

Mr. Cheung is responsible for driving automation and efficiency for clients to meet onboarding and regulatory requirements through Counterparty Manager, IHS Markit's platform for counterparties to manage regulatory data and share entity information. Prior to IHS Markit, Mr. Cheung was a consultant, specializing in designing and implementing financial risk systems. His expertise spans KYC, compliance, reference data, risk systems, and workflow management. Mr. Cheung holds a masters degree in Investment Analysis from University of Stirling, UK. He speaks Chinese Cantonese and English.

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Michael Muncaster

Mr. Muncaster's areas of focus include FATCA, CRS, QI reviews and remediation, mergers and acquisitions, structuring, advising on the taxation of financial arrangements including foreign exchange transactions and capital instruments, as well as the audit of taxation and tax reporting.Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Muncaster was with PwC Singapore, Australia and UK. Mr. Muncaster has worked extensively with financial institutions in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong on the implementation of FATCA and CRS programs and has extensive experience in conducting QI reviews.

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