FMIC forms strategic alliance with Japanese house Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings

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First Metro Investment forms strategic alliance with Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings

FIRST METRO INVESTMENT CORPORATION, the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group, forms strategic business cooperation with Japanese holding firm Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings, Inc. (TTFH), a Japan-based holding company primarily engaged in securities business. The strategic alliance aims to broaden the two companies’ product offerings and services for the benefit of their respective clients.

TTFH is among the top ten publicly listed securities companies in the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The company is engaged in the purchase and sale of securities, the brokerage of securities, the underwriting, sale, public offering and private offering of securities, as well as other financial product transaction businesses and financial product-related businesses. The company also provides financing and fund management services for clients in overseas markets, including Asian and European financial markets.

The memorandum of understanding, which was recently signed in Japan, will address collaborative and mutual endeavors such as provision of products and services, information sharing on economic environment and the corporate sector, exchange programs for on-the-job trainees, establishment of investment trust products, and promotion of corporate finance businesses including financial advisory and others.

First Metro president Roberto Juanchito Dispo said, “This strategic partnership is a significant step in pursuing our goal to expand our business coverage in the Asian region. This will definitely open up a more diverse client base for First Metro, both here and abroad.”

First Metro and TTFH will seek to develop other possible areas of business cooperation, giving their respective clients access to a broader range of financial products and services.

In a disclosure made by TTFH in Japan, the statement said, “TTFH will aim to meet the growing needs of its valued clients through business cooperation with one of the largest financial institutions in the Philippines, as it recognizes great economic potential in the future of the ASEAN region where robust growth is expected. As a first step, TTFH will strengthen its provision of brokerage services of Philippine equities and relevant investment information for the purpose of helping its clients’ investment activities.”

TTFH is the first group engaged in securities brokerage operation in Japan to form an alliance with the Metrobank Group.

It will be recalled that late last year, First Metro also partnered with DBSVickers Securities (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. for a research collaboration as part of First Metro’s thrust to establish a footprint in the region in the areas of investment banking, securities brokerage and asset management.

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