26 January 2022


Accolades recognise strengths of the Group’s established investment banking and Islamic banking franchises, as well as its commitment to ESG


Kuala Lumpur: CIMB Investment Bank Berhad, CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad and CIMB Thai Bank PCL (collectively “CIMB” or “the Group”) have been honoured with 11 awards at Alpha Southeast Asia’s 15th Annual Best Deal & Solution Awards 2021 – a record win with the largest number of awards among banking groups in ASEAN.


The awards are a testament to the strength of CIMB’s established investment banking franchise across ASEAN, with the Group picking up awards for top deals across the equity and debt space and its market leadership in the Sukuk markets. CIMB is the largest global Sukuk arranger to date (amongst ASEAN banks) and in Malaysia for more than a decade (according to Bloomberg and Dealogic information for the award period).


CIMB was also recognised for its commitment on the ESG front, clinching the Best ASEAN Green SRI Sukuk and Best SRI Sukuk awards for SME Bank’s maiden issuance of RM500.0 million Sustainability Islamic MTN, where CIMB acted as lead manager. CIMB Islamic Bank’s innovative EcoSave-i Savings Account, with its built-in feature for contributing to environmental causes as well as its partnerships with environmentally focused bodies in Malaysia helped lay the foundations for its recognition as Best Social Impact Islamic Finance House.   


Dato’ Abdul Rahman Ahmad, Group Chief Executive Officer, CIMB Group said, “We are pleased with the awards and recognitions and would like to thank our clients who, despite the volatile and challenging market conditions, have continued to place a strong vote of confidence in our capabilities. Our awards in the ESG space affirm CIMB’s aspiration to be an ASEAN sustainability leader, in line with our commitment to mobilise RM30.0 billion towards sustainable finance by 2024. We also appreciate #teamCIMB’s efforts in continuing to work tirelessly to enhance CIMB’s reputation as a leading ASEAN investment banking franchise and Islamic finance house.”


The complete list of awards won by CIMB is as follows:


  • Best Ringgit Sukuk House in Malaysia 2021
  • Best Equity/IPO Deal of the Year in Southeast Asia
    Ngern Tid Lor’s THB33.1 billion (US$1.1 billion) IPO
  • Best Local Currency Bond Deal of the Year & Most Innovative Deal of the Year
    CP All PCL's THB66 billion (US$2.1 billion) Senior Unsecured Bonds
  • Most Innovative Islamic Finance Deal of the Year & Best Islamic Finance Deal of the Year
    Zamarad Assets Bhd's RM2 billion (US$478.3 million) Asset-Backed Securitisation Sukuk Programme – Tranche 6
  • Best Unrated Sukuk of the Year
    Khazanah Nasional Bhd's Dual-Tranche US$400 million & US$600 million Senior Unsecured Sukuk
  • Best Corporate Sukuk of the Year
    Tenaga Nasional Bhd's RM3 billion (US$709.9 million) Sukuk Wakalah Issuance


ESG focused awards

  • Best Social Impact Islamic Finance House 2021
  • Best ASEAN Green SRI Sukuk & Best SRI Sukuk
    SME Bank's RM3 billion (US$710.1 million) Islamic MTN Programme - RM500 million (US$118.3 million) Sustainability IMTNs


Established in 2007, Alpha Southeast Asia is the first independent institutional investment magazine based in Hong Kong with a pure Southeast Asian focus. The Best Deal & Solution Awards are held annually and given to local and foreign banks in Southeast Asia using a fair, robust and informative methodology.