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CLSA opens 14th annual Investors’ Forum

Sep-17-2007

CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets (‘CLSA’), Asia’s leading, independent brokerage and investment group will once again host the leading investment forum in Asia this week, attracting over 1300 institutional investors from 30 countries representing US$10 trillion in funds under management to meet with 550 senior executives from 200 of Asia's leading companies.

Opening today in Hong Kong, with a keynote address from Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on conflict resolution, the CLSA Investors’ Forum will focus on the key drivers of long and short term growth: geopolitics, macroeconomics, climate change, resources, cultural and consumer trends and financial strategies.

Speaking to these themes will be 20 keynote and specialist speakers including Bob Geldof discussing debt, aid and the world today; Indonesian Minister of Finance, Her Excellency Dr Sri Mulyani Indrawati presenting her views on the Indonesian economy; professor and author Daniel Esty will examine corporate strategies for environmental change; philanthropist Michael Milken will present on finance, jobs and philanthropy; renowned futurist Alvin Toffler will speak about ‘prossuming’; author James Grant on financial crises and opportunity; Professor of Sociology Barry Glassner will present from his latest book The Gospel of Food and investment contrarian Marc Faber will discuss economic, political and financial investment considerations.

The conference provides international and regional investors a platform from which to formulate their Asia investment strategies and for Asian corporations, an opportunity to present their corporate and financial strategies. Over five days, 130 company presentations and 2500 private meetings will be held, offering the best possible corporate access and insightful sector and market coverage.

CLSA Chairman and CEO Rob Morrison said the Forum was critical to sustaining debate on the issues central to the growth and development of Asian markets and the economic impact of the region globally.

“We have not yet seen the full consequences of the collapse of credit markets in August. A potential recession in the US will have an impact on Asia, but just how far reaching that is remains to be seen. Although Asia will not be immune to a slow down in global growth, it is still our view that Asia is the best investment stay there is as the fundamentals of companies and sectors remain strong,” Morrison said.

“We are bullish on continued growth in China and India and believe there are plenty of positive stories to be found in Japan, Taiwan and Korea. Understanding the political, economic, demographic and social issues that drive the region is what our clients rely on us for. This Forum is a key platform for that knowledge exchange.”

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Media Briefing

10:00 – 12:00 Monday, 17 September, 5F Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong

For further information or a copy of the five-day media briefing schedule please contact the CLSA Investors Forum Media Centre:

Media registration desk:  2588 8640
Media centre fax:   2588 8641
Media breifing rooms: 2588 8688

Simone Wheeler, CLSA Head of Communications
Mandy Ho, CLSA Assistant Marketing and Communications Manager

About CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets

CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets is a leading, independent investment group in Asia focused on delivering investment banking, capital markets, equity broking and alternative investment services to global corporate and institutional clients.

Renowned for its product innovation and award-winning market intelligence, CLSA has built its reputation on unrivalled equity research and economic analysis which is consistently voted as the best in Asia. CLSA ranked No.1 for Most Accurate Research in Asia in Bloomberg’s poll 2006; No.3 overall in Institutional Investor’s All-Asia Research Poll 2006; and No.2 in The Asset’s Asian Equities Benchmark Survey 2005.

CLSA is one of Asia’s largest independent equity brokerages and one of the world’s largest agency brokers. The group’s investment banking and equity capital markets services include M&A advisory, equity transactions and public offerings. Alternative asset management is offered through eight Asia-based funds under CLSA Capital Partners.

Founded in 1986 and is headquartered in Hong Kong, CLSA has more than 1,000 dedicated professionals located in 13 Asian cities, plus Dubai, London and New York. CLSA’s major shareholder is France's Credit Agricole, which merged in 2003 with Credit Lyonnais, to form the 6th largest bank in the world by Tier One capital and the 7th largest bank in the world by assets. CLSA enjoys substantial staff ownership which contributes to its independent stance and operations.

Additional information is available at www.clsa.com