SINGAPORE — The Weber Shandwick Collective has extended its partnership with S&P Global Market Intelligence to Asia-Pacific, in a bid to elevate its capital markets counsel across the region.

Announced in the US in June, the Asian collaboration is the latest chapter of the global agreement between Myriant by United Minds, a management consultancy within The Weber Shandwick Collective, and S&P Global Markets Intelligence.

Weber Shandwick will aim to use S&P's intelligence and insights across IPOs, SPACs, M&A, divestitures and spin-offs, along with bolstering its expertise in such areas as investor relations, shareholder activism and special situations.

“Asia faces the greatest economic and political uncertainty in a generation, requiring C-suite leaders to be more informed than ever before," said Weber Shandwick Asia-Pacific capital markets communications head Nachum Kaplan (pictured). "That will require insights and data, especially for those looking to raise capital and maximise valuations. Our collaboration with S&P Global Market Intelligence enables us to offer clients differentiated capital markets insights and counsel."

Kaplan added that S&P Global Market Intelligence’s analytics and insights, combined with Weber Shandwick’s communications expertise, will give clients greater confidence amid ongoing uncertainty.

An earlier survey of international institutional investors, carried out in partnership with S&P Global Market Intelligence, revealed that investors still prioritise fundamental factors that influence business resilience. The results, said Weber Shandwick, underscore the importance of adopting a data-driven strategy to effectively navigate the intricacies of the current market landscape.

Kelly McGeehan, head of investor relations, broker research & sustainability solutions at S&P Global Market Intelligence, pointed to the increasing importance of sustainability and corporate governance in the Asia-Pacific region. "This collaboration allows us to expand our relationship with issuers in the Asia Pacific region to help them connect with capital globally through our intelligence, networks and workflow solutions."