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HKEX Welcomes First Hong Kong/Mainland ETF Cross-Listing

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  • First listings of ETFs in Hong Kong and Shenzhen under a new ETF Cross-listing Scheme
  • Signing of MOU between HKEX and SZSE to promote the Scheme
  • Hong Kong-listed ETF AUM grew to over HK$300 billion, as at 30 September 2020

HONG KONG, Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is pleased to welcome today (Friday) the first listings of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) in Hong Kong and Shenzhen under the Hong Kong-Mainland ETF Cross-listing Scheme, which facilitates cross-listing of ETFs between markets in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

HKEX Chief Executive Charles Li said: "The ETFs listed today, two each at HKEX and the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) under the ETF Cross-listing Scheme, mark the exciting next chapter in cross-border ETFs. The Scheme facilitates access to new but established pools of liquidity and offers broader investment opportunities in both markets."

"This development is the result of our ongoing commitment to make Hong Kong Asia’s leading ETF marketplace, and represents an important step forward in our continued work with the onshore Chinese exchanges, and our regulators, to deliver a successful ETF Connect."

The two new ETFs listed today in Hong Kong – CSOP Yinhua CSI 5G Communications Theme ETF (Stock code: 3193) and Hang Seng Harvest CSI 300 Index ETF (Stock code: 3130 / 83130), have been approved by the Securities and Futures Commission. Through the Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) status, each invests 90 per cent or more of its total net asset value in an ETF approved by the China Securities Regulatory Commission and currently listed on the SZSE.

HKEX and SZSE today also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote the ETF Cross-listing Scheme and celebrate the well-established financial connections of the two markets.

Mr Li said: "Capital markets in Hong Kong and the Mainland have remained robust and resilient through recent challenging times, and today we are celebrating our shared strengths. The signing of the MOU is an important step forward in building valuable financial connections within the Greater Bay Area."

Since the first ETF listed on HKEX in 1999, Hong Kong’s Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) market, which include ETFs and Leveraged and Inverse Products, has developed into one of the most diverse product markets in Asia. With over 130 ETFs listed on HKEX, Hong Kong-listed ETFs trade over HK$6.7 billion a day[1] (up from an average daily turnover of HK$4.5 billion in 2018), with assets under management standing at over HK$300 billion as at 30 September 2020.

Further information about Hong Kong-listed ETPs is available in HKEX’s website.

Note:

[1] For the first nine months in 2020.

About HKEX

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is one of the world’s major exchange groups, and operates a range of equity, commodity, fixed income and currency markets.  HKEX is the world’s leading IPO market and as Hong Kong’s only securities and derivatives exchange and sole operator of its clearing houses, it is uniquely placed to offer regional and international investors access to Asia’s most vibrant markets.

HKEX is also the global leader in metals trading, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, The London Metal Exchange (LME) and LME Clear Limited.  This commodity franchise was further enhanced with the launch of Qianhai Mercantile Exchange (QME), in China, in 2018.

HKEX launched the pioneering Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect programme in 2014, further expanded with the launch of Shenzhen Connect in 2016, and the launch of Bond Connect in 2017.

www.hkexgroup.com

For enquiries, please contact HKEX’s Corporate Communications
Jeffrey Ng (+852-2840 2067 / [email protected])
Wong Sau Ching (+852-2840 3856 / [email protected])

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Manuela Baroncini joins Swiss Re Corporate Solutions as Global Head Engineering & Construction

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ZURICH, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Swiss Re Corporate Solutions appoints Manuela Baroncini as Global Head Engineering & Construction (E&C), effective 1 March 2021. In this role, Ms. Baroncini will be responsible for driving the success of the E&C portfolio, maintaining a profitable book of business and leading a global team of underwriting experts. Based in London and reporting to Martin Hegelbach, Head Property & Specialty, Ms. Baroncini succeeds Guido Benz, who will join Aon at the end of December after 13 years with Swiss Re.

Construction site (PRNewsFoto/Swiss Re Corporate Solutions)

“It is great to welcome someone of Manuela's calibre and technical expertise back to Corporate Solutions. She is a highly energetic, experienced industry leader who understands the needs of our customers. She is also highly engaged with the broking community and truly understands the market,” said Mr. Hegelbach. “Over the past several years, Manuela has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience by profitably managing large portfolios of business. I look forward to working with her as she leads our next phase of development in this key sector.”

Mr. Hegelbach continued, “We wish Guido great success in his new role. He has been instrumental in building up our E&C book of business and expanding our product offering. We are sad to see him leave but look forward to continuing the relationship as he will remain active in the insurance market.”

Ms. Baroncini brings almost 20 years of construction insurance experience to this role, most recently as Head of Construction UK for a large commercial insurer. In this role, she was responsible for providing construction risk transfer solutions for domestic and multinational risks to help make customers in the UK and around the globe more resilient. She previously worked for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions between 2002 and 2015 in roles of increasing seniority within the E&C team.

Ms. Baroncini holds a Fellowship Post Degree in Material Science from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She is an executive member at the London Engineering Group and a Chartered member of the Italian Institution of Engineers.

The Swiss Re Corporate Solutions E&C team insures a wide range of risks across different sectors including renewable energy, construction, infrastructure, power and utilities, heavy industries and mining.

About Swiss Re Corporate Solutions
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions provides risk transfer solutions to large and mid-sized corporations around the world. Its innovative, highly customised products and standard insurance covers help to make businesses more resilient, while its industry-leading claims service provides additional peace of mind. Swiss Re Corporate Solutions serves clients from offices worldwide and is backed by the financial strength of the Swiss Re Group. Visit corporatesolutions.swissre.com or follow us on linkedin.com/company/swiss-re-corporate-solutions and Twitter @SwissRe_CS.

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Ultimaker appoints Jürgen von Hollen as Chief Executive Officer

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Jos Burger advances to Supervisory Board

UTRECHT, Netherlands, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ultimaker, the global leader in professional 3D printing, appointed Jürgen von Hollen as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Jos Burger, who will retire and join the Supervisory Board. This change will be effective on January 1, 2021.

Jos Burger joined Ultimaker in 2014 and transformed the company from a start-up to a global player in the 3D printing industry. According to the most recent findings from the UK market intelligence firm CONTEXT, in the first half of 2020, strong demand from work-from-home scenarios allowed for Ultimaker to ascend to the top two position in global 3D Printer hardware shipment revenues. Ultimaker leads the Professional Price Class printer segment in the first half of 2020 with a 40% market share of hardware revenues.

“I'm tremendously proud of everything we achieved at Ultimaker in a short period of time. The transformation from a start-up to a company that now shapes how companies produce and manufacture is phenomenal,” said Jos Burger, outgoing CEO, Ultimaker. “The last seven years have been intense, and given my age, it's now time to retire from the CEO role. All the building blocks that will sustain future growth are there, and now it's the best moment to hand over to Jürgen. Ultimaker continues to have a unique space in my heart, and I'm thrilled with the opportunity to serve on the Supervisory Board.”

Jürgen von Hollen brings extensive international experience and a wealth of leadership in fast-growth technology industries. Prior to Ultimaker, Jürgen was President and CEO at Universal Robots, where he successfully grew the company and established it as the global market leader in collaborative robotics. Jürgen has held leadership positions at Bilfinger SE, Daimler-Chrysler Services, T-Systems, and Pentair.

“I am very excited to be joining the Ultimaker team, who has developed a leading product, strong business model and has a very talented team,” said Jürgen von Hollen, incoming CEO, Ultimaker. “I believe this uniquely positions Ultimaker to take full advantage of a USD 35 billion 3D printing market and outgrow this market, which itself is expected to grow at 20% per annum. Ultimaker has the ability to enable dynamic innovation, flexible manufacturing and delivers great productivity improvements. Together, we want to transform organizations and Ultimaker is in a great position to grow as the leader.”

Bart Markus, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, adds: “Jos is leaving a great legacy behind, and now it is the right time to take advantage of what Jos has built and accelerate the company further. We are excited to have Jürgen as our new leader, and he is perfectly suited to take Ultimaker to new heights.”

About Ultimaker

Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software, and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to transform the way they manufacture. Over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world's transition to digital manufacturing.  

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EQT Infrastructure and Proximus form partnership to bring fiber to 1.5 million households in the Flemish Region of Belgium

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  • EQT Infrastructure and Proximus sign joint venture agreement to build a fiber-to-the-home network for at least 1.5 million households and businesses in the Flemish Region of Belgium                 
  • EQT Infrastructure and Proximus are committed to invest significantly into the increased digitalization of the Belgian society                 
  • The JV will benefit from EQT Infrastructure's vast fiber roll-out experience and Proximus' unrivalled expertise in the Belgian telecom market, and together the parties aim at realizing a substantial increase of the fiber coverage in Flanders

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The EQT Infrastructure V fund (“EQT Infrastructure”) and Proximus, Belgium's largest telecom operator, are pleased to announce the signing of a partnership agreement. As part of this agreement, the two parties will form a new joint venture (JV) that will design, build and maintain a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network in Flanders. EQT Infrastructure will initially own 50.1 percent of the JV and Proximus will hold 49.9 percent.

EQT Infrastructure and Proximus have identified large opportunities in accelerating the build-out pace of the FTTH network in the Flemish Region of Belgium. FTTH is the fastest and most reliable broadband solution available and is instrumental in managing the increasingly growing internet bandwidth demands of the future. EQT and Proximus are committed to invest significantly into the JV over the coming years with the ambition to bring the required fiber connectivity to Flanders so that its residents and businesses can actively participate in the Gigabit Society.

The JV will benefit from the combination of EQT Infrastructure's vast experience from developing strong fiber companies in Europe and North America, and Proximus' unrivalled expertise in the Belgian telecom market and long-standing relationships with municipalities and housing associations. Together, the parties will create an efficient rollout machine to build a fiber network, which will be open and accessible to all operators. The JV intends to connect its first customers during 2021 and the overall goal is to bring fiber connectivity to at least 1.5 million households and businesses over the coming years. The JV will be supported by a strong board of directors with hands-on experience from fiber deployment in Belgium and other European markets.

Matthias Fackler, Partner at EQT Partners, said: “We are very happy to have found a strong partner in Proximus for this exciting fiber rollout opportunity in Belgium. As the leading investor in digital infrastructure, EQT sees the growing need for future-proof and reliable broadband access all over the European continent. Through this partnership, we look forward to facilitating digital inclusion and sustainable economic growth in Flanders and the Belgian society as a whole.”

Guillaume Boutin, CEO of Proximus, said: “I am very pleased that we have signed this final agreement with EQT Infrastructure. This will enable us to reinforce our leading position in multi-gigabit infrastructures, in an era where reliable, next-generation fixed and mobile connectivity has become more important than ever. It also illustrates our positive attitude towards cooperation and co-investment, which will be an important trigger to guarantee a faster, broader and more cost-efficient roll-out. I'd like to congratulate the teams involved on both sides, as this agreement marks another major step forward to build the most future-proof and open network for Belgium and bring high-speed connectivity solutions to every citizen”.

The closing of the transaction is expected in Q1 2021, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

With this transaction, EQT Infrastructure V is expected to be 15-20 percent invested (including closed and/or signed investments, announced public offers, if applicable, and less any expected syndication) based on its target fund size, and subject to customary regulatory approvals.

Contact:
Matthias Fackler
Partner at EQT Partners and Investment Advisor to EQT Infrastructure
+49 89 25 54 99 0

EQT Press Office, [email protected], +46 8 506 55 334

About EQT

EQT is a purpose-driven global investment organization with more than EUR 75 billion in raised capital and over EUR 46 billion in assets under management across 16 active funds. EQT funds have portfolio companies in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America with total sales of more than EUR 27 billion and approximately 159,000 employees. EQT works with portfolio companies to achieve sustainable growth, operational excellence and market leadership.

More info: www.eqtgroup.com

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About Proximus

Proximus Group (Euronext Brussels: PROX) is a provider of digital services and communication solutions operating in the Belgian and international markets. Delivering communication and entertainment experiences for residential consumers and enabling digital transformation for enterprises, we open up a world of digital opportunities so people live better and work smarter. Thanks to advanced interconnected fixed and mobile networks, Proximus provides access anywhere and anytime to digital services and data, as well as to a broad offering of multimedia content. Proximus is a pioneer in ICT innovation, with integrated solutions based on IoT, Data analytics, cloud and security.

With 12,931 employees, all engaged to offer customers a superior experience, the Group realized an underlying Group revenue of EUR 5,686 million end-2019.

More info: www.proximus.com and www.proximus.be

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