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About the APLMA

APLMA Mission

The APLMA's mission is to increase liquidity, efficiency and transparency in the primary and secondary syndicated loan markets in the Asia Pacific region. The APLMA advocates best practices in the syndicated loan market, promulgates standard loan documentation and seeks to promote the syndicated loan as one of the key debt products available to borrowers across the region.

About the APLMA

The Asia Pacific Loan Market Association (APLMA) is the only pan-Asian association that is dedicated to promoting growth and liquidity in the primary and secondary loan markets of the Asia-Pacific region.

The Association was founded in August 1998 by a core group of founding member banks including: ABN AMRO, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of China, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, BNP Paribas, Barclays, Citigroup, DBS, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, National Australia Bank, Société Générale, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and WestLB.

The APLMA is headquartered in Hong Kong, with a branch in Australia and a management committee in Singapore, and is active throughout Asia Pacific through a number of offshore committees.

The APLMA represents the common interests of the many different institutions involved in the syndicated loan markets of the Asia-Pacific region. The Association works together with its sister associations in Europe and North America to advocate common market standards and practices with a view towards improving global loan market liquidity. Together with the Loan Market Association (LMA) in London, the Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) in New York, and other associations across Asia Pacific, the APLMA monitors global market trends as part of its effort to more closely integrate the Asian loan markets into an increasingly globalised loan market.

APLMA Primary Objectives

  • Promote growth and liquidity in Asia’s primary and secondary loan markets
  • Provide leadership in the industry and act as the collective voice of the members
  • Standardise primary and secondary loan documentation
  • Establish and advocate best practices in the syndicated loan market
  • Develop and promote standard trading, settlement and valuation procedures
  • Actively develop the secondary market for loan sales and trading
  • Monitor legislative, regulatory and market changes for impact on the syndicated loan market
  • Serve as the principal liaison between loan market players and regional regulators
  • Enhance industry education through seminars, conferences and training courses
  • Provide a dynamic pan-Asian professional networking forum for the syndicated loan market