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Sina Amini and ‘Team Transformers’ Announced as Top Winners of Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge (MGAC) 2019

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The Champion Team of the Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge 2019, Team Transformers celebrating their win with Maybank’s Daniel Wong Liang Yee, Group Chief Compliance Officer, Nora Abd Manaf, Group Chief Human Capital Officer and Mohd Suhail Amar Suresh, Group Chief Technology Officer
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After an intense 10-day competition, the Top Winners of the Maybank GO Ahead. Challenge (MGAC) 2019 were revealed at The Party in Kuala Lumpur. In its 8th instalment this year, MGAC, Maybank’s award-winning, multi-disciplinary talent acquisition and recruitment programme remains an innovative recruitment platform to spot, build and nurture diverse, global talent.

Sina Amini from Iran came out the Global Champion of MGAC 2019 and was awarded an opportunity to pursue a two-week internship at any Maybank office around the world. Meanwhile, ‘Team Transformers’ comprising Finalists from MalaysiaCambodiathe Philippines and Thailand emerged as the Global Champion, and walked away with an all-expenses paid trip to attend the Future Festival Chicago – an innovation conference that gathers all of Chicago’s top innovators. ‘Team Dark Knight’, with Finalists from Malaysiathe PhilippinesIndonesiaIran, and Cambodia was the first runner-up and won an all-expenses paid trip to the Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal where Fortune 500 companies, ground-breaking start-ups and world class speakers will gather later this year. The second runner-up went to team ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy’ comprising finalists from Hong KongSingapore, and the Philippines who will be attending the Singapore Fintech Festival.

“MGAC has taught me that you can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it and you’ve got to be open to taking on new challenges. The simulations we experienced have taught us to be resilient even when things are not in your control but having the Maybank team and our assessors guide us definitely helped us to keep moving forward and grow as individuals and a team,” said  Lee Dai Wei, Team Leader of Team Transformers.

The ultimate reward for the shortlisted Finalists is a conditional offer to join Maybank in its entry-level pipeline programme, Global Maybank Apprentice Programme (GMAP), a two-year rotational management trainee programme to take on international assignments at any of the 18 Maybank offices globally.

“MGAC has definitely taught me a lot at every level – from the campus levels to the global finals which felt like 60 years packed into 10 days. The experience and steep learning curve that I’ve been on in the past 10 days was a real eye opener and such an incredible experience. I owe it to Malaysia because it was the first country that I came to after leaving IranMalaysia has always been the country I’ve come back to as it’s helped me grow so much in the past years – and that’s very crucial for me. I’m excited to continue learning and ready to start my journey with Maybank Malaysia,” said Sina Amini, Global Champion of MGAC 2019.

With an all-new approach to progressive hiring, MGAC 2019 is redefined through the gamification of the programme to enhance the participants’ user experience. Themed Challenge of Choice, the MGAC 2019 participants were also given free rein to sculpt their own experience in this competition – from choosing their teammates to the challenges they uptake – which added greater depth to the competition. A key differentiator introduced was the Resurgence Mode, which offered the participants who did not make it past Campus and National Levels a second chance to be apart of Global Finals via nomination from other finalists. Aimed at providing participants with a first-hand encounter with growing and sustaining a business in challenging environments, the Global Finals provided finalists the opportunity to manage the full business cycle of companies from various industries.

MGAC 2019 has seen an astounding 300% increase in participation from the previous year, clearly reflecting the popularity of the competition and its new approach amongst the new generation of hires. This year, Maybank received over 35,000 applications from more than 105 nationalities.

 

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Wirex Launches Enhanced Cryptoback™

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Today, payments platform Wirex launched a supercharged update of their revolutionary Cryptoback rewards programme. Customers can now earn up to 1.5% back in Bitcoin on Wirex Visa card purchases.

Released in 2018, Cryptoback™ was the world’s first rewards programme that paid out 0.5% in cryptocurrency for all in-store spending with the Wirex Visa card. Thanks to the recent launch of the Wirex Token (WXT), customers can now triple the amount of BTC they earn – making investing in cryptocurrency easier than ever before.

Depending on the amount of WXT held, in-store Wirex card purchases now generate up to 1.5% in Bitcoin. There are three levels of crypto rewards available:

  • 500,000 WXT = 1.5% Cryptoback
  • 100,000 WXT = 1.0% Cryptoback
  • 50,000 WXT = 0.75% Cryptoback

Wirex have calculated that the average UK consumer stands to earn more than £300 in Cryptoback™ every year, just by using their Wirex Visa card for day-to-day spending. Unlike many other cashback programmes, Wirex doesn’t impose restrictions on what customers can do with their rewards. Cryptoback™ can be redeemed instantly into their Bitcoin accounts, or quickly and easily exchanged into fiat for spending.

Enhanced Cryptoback™ is just one of the ways that holding Wirex Tokens allows customers to get even more out of their account. They can also enjoy heavily discounted fees based on the same structure, with access to premium products, merchant offers and airport lounges coming soon. As Wirex co-founder Pavel Matveev explains:

“We created the Wirex Token to be something that provides tangible value and benefits for holders beyond its market trajectory. Enhanced Cryptoback™ is the perfect example of this, as it allows customers to earn and invest in digital currency with a minimum of fuss. We’re looking forward to introducing even more benefits for WXT holders soon.”

 

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Aegis Capital Corp. is pleased to announce its commitment to Equity Research

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Aegis Capital Corp. continues to expand its equity research platform with the addition of Benjamin Zucker and James Jang. Benjamin joined in May 2019 as Head of Specialty Finance and James joined in June 2019 to head up the Maritime & Special Situations. These new coverage areas will bolster Aegis’ existing research footprint in the Internet/TMT and Healthcare sectors.

Mr. Zucker joined Aegis from BTIG LLC, where he was a Director and lead analyst covering Mortgage REITs and real estate finance companies. Prior to BTIG, Mr. Zucker was a Vice President at JMP Securities LLC where he covered similar sectors. Benjamin began his career in equity research at Pritchard Capital Partners. At Aegis, Mr. Zucker’s coverage will span across several Specialty Finance sub-sectors including Mortgage REITs, Equity REITs, Business Development Companies (BDCs) and Financial Technology firms (FinTech). Benjamin’s current coverage list includes: Medalist Diversified REIT (MDRR), Sachem Capital Corp. (SACH), and Saratoga Investment Corp. (SAR).

Mr. Jang joined Aegis from Maxim Group LLC, where he was a Senior Vice President and lead analyst covering the Industrials, Infrastructure and Clean-Technology sectors. Previously, Mr. Jang was a senior analyst at Sidoti & Co. covering furniture and textiles and was an equity research associate at Canaccord Genuity covering Maritime and Upstream E&P companies. Since joining, Mr. Jang has expanded Aegis’ research platform into the Agriculture, Oilfield Services, and Industrial Technology sectors with coverage of Profire Energy (PFIE), Marrone Bio Innovations (MBII), Yield10 Bioscience (YTEN) and Sigma Labs (SGLB).

Michael Pata Aegis’ Head of Business Development commented: “Hiring Benjamin and James continues to show Aegis’ commitment to equity research, which brings institutional quality analysis to the small and mid-cap universe.”

 

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LexinFintech Announces US$300 Million Private Placement of Convertible Notes with PAG

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LexinFintech Holdings Ltd. (NASDAQ: LX) (“Lexin” or the “Company”), a leading fintech platform for educated young adults in China, today announced that it has entered into a convertible note purchase agreement with PAG, a leading Asia-focused private equity firm with over US$30 billion in capital under management, pursuant to which the Company will issue and sell convertible notes in an aggregate principal amount of US$300 million to PAG through a private placement. The private placement is subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions and is expected to close on or around September 16, 2019. The gross proceeds raised from this placement will be approximately US$296.4 million.

The convertible notes will mature in seven years, bearing interest at a rate of 2.0% per annum. The notes will be convertible into fully paid Class A ordinary shares of the Company or ADSs at a conversion price of US$14 per ADS at the holder’s option from the date that is six months after the issuance date.  The holder of the notes will have the right to require the Company to repurchase for cash all or any portion of the notes on the fourth anniversary of the issuance date.

At closing, the Company will appoint to its Board of Directors one person designated by PAG.

Mr. Jay Wenjie Xiao, Founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the Company, said, “We are excited to have PAG as our new investor. This investment will enable Lexin to further develop and enhance our consumption-based ecosystem, improve product offerings to our educated adult customers, continue to invest in technology, build up additional consumption scenarios, and provide more consumer benefits to our customers.”

“PAG has a strong commitment to and deep understanding of China’s financial services industry, and we have a demonstrated track record of seeking out and engaging with the industry’s leading companies,” said PAG Chairman & CEO Weijian Shan. “Lexin has an unparalleled platform for meeting young consumers’ credit needs while strictly controlling and minimizing credit risks, which makes it unique, and we are looking forward to supporting the company as it embarks on its next stage of growth.”

Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C., BofA Merrill Lynch and China Renaissance acted as the private placement agents to Lexin on the transaction.

 

SOURCE LexinFintech Holdings Ltd.

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