HAGL is currently one of the largest private sector companies, by market capitalisation, listed on the HoChiMinh Stock Exchange. HAGL primarily operates in the following business sectors: real estate, rubber plantations, iron ore mining, hydropower and manufacturing. Originally focused in the Gia Lai province of Vietnam, HAGL has expanded its activities throughout Vietnam and into the neighbouring states of Laos and Cambodia. HAGL exports its products throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas.*
Akbar Poonawala, Head of Global Equity Services at Deutsche Bank said, "We are delighted to have HAGL as a client and to work on the first depositary receipt programme from Vietnam. This pioneering mandate exemplifies our strong capabilities in the depositary receipts business."
Doan Nguyen Duc, Chairman of HAGL, said, "We are pleased to engage Deutsche Bank as depositary for the first GDR programme for a Vietnamese company. The GDR programme provides an additional investment and trading venue to our investors."
Elara Capital plc acted as Lead Manager and book-runner and Sacombank Securities Joint Stock Company acted as Vietnamese financial adviser on this transaction.
*Source: Hoang Anh Gia Lai Joint Stock Company (March 2011)