Financing the Belt and Road Initiative: Can Singapore Help in Securitising it?

NUS Law Working Paper No. 2020/002

(2020) 8 The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law 197

26 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2020 Last revised: 10 Feb 2021

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Hans Tjio

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 30, 2020

Abstract

China’s ambitious Belt Road Initiative (BRI) is perhaps the modern equivalent of the Marshall Plan that will hopefully provide the aggregate demand lost due to the Global Financial Crisis. At the moment, much of the financing has come from its Government and financial institutions. If more private sector financing is needed for the BRI, this could involve perhaps having established ways of project finance that we have seen with the large infrastructural projects of the past as well as modern methods of asset securitisation. Lawyers and financiers would be needed and the West has traditionally held a comparative advantage in them whereas China’s advantage is in building and making things. Singapore is perhaps now well placed to offer its services in a way that brings the East and West together and that would hopefully provide a balanced approach that distributes benefits to all involved in the BRI. Its experiences are far from perfect but it has learned painful lessons to position itself as a financial centre supporting the real economy that can now hopefully begin to rival New York, London and Hong Kong. The areas examined here include Singapore’s development of property and infrastructural trusts, its bond and derivatives markets, its restructuring regime and its legal expertise in project finance.

Keywords: BRI, securitization, project finance, business trusts, bonds, derivatives, restructuring

Suggested Citation

Tjio, Hans, Financing the Belt and Road Initiative: Can Singapore Help in Securitising it? (January 30, 2020). NUS Law Working Paper No. 2020/002, (2020) 8 The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law 197, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3527934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3527934

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