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John Walker, Macquarie Group of Companies, Korea
1. Please introduce yourself.
Sure. My name is John Walker, I’m
a chairman of Macquarie Group of Companies in Korea, and I’m also the vice
chairman of Macquarie Capital Business in Asia. But we are worldwide specialist
areas like infrastructures, natural resources, and energy. We’ve got around
13,500 people across our global businesses. So although we were originally
started in Australia, we’re now very much a global financial institution with
the majority of our revenues actually coming from outside Australia. And
naturally our business here in Korea, which is primarily based in Seoul, is a
very very important part of our global and Asian footprint.
2. What was the biggest advantage of doing business in Seoul?I think there was a few things. One is that Seoul is very clearly ‘the major
city’ in Korea. So one of the great advantages was its population, its
proximity to other countries, in the region, because we were also we were very
interested in company in countries such as Japan, China, etc. Again, this point
is about being able to hire very well-educated people, very important to us.
And the other big factor was the level of willingness of other financial
institutions and companies in Seoul to partner with a foreign company that brought
some unique financial technology. And, of course, the other key factor for us
was the quality of communication technology. So at that time, some 17 years
ago, other countries in the world were not so advanced in the areas like
Internet. Korea was far and far and ahead above those other countries. The
other thing that really as I reflect on, it was very important to us, was the
accessibility of regulators and government officials. So it was not difficult
for us to have a dialogue with government or regulators when we were not sure
about what the law provided for and what it did not provided for. So these
ingredients of transparency, accessibility, willing partners, and all of the
things that are proper major city brings were extremely important to us as
defining characteristics of Seoul. One of the bits of advice we give to other
financial institutions that are looking to come to Seoul. Think about the idea
of entering into partnerships with one of the very good quality local domestic
3. How did you decide to published a book in Korea?Well, it was an interesting time, I began writing those
books right at the height of the 2008 global financial crisis. I was sitting on
the airplane one day and I was thinking “what are the really important things
in life?”. And as I thought about that, it was things like family, laughing children,
etc. So I thought it was a good time to write a book that was some fun. And the
thing that motivated me is, that year, I had read for the first time that ‘Dan-gun
Shin-hwa’, the story of the first mother of Korea and she was a bear. So the character
of the Bandal-Gom is the Ura Character. And I thought why not tell the rest of
the world that Korea is not just big cities, but there’s also beautiful
countryside as well.
4. How did you manage to success your business?Well. You know, I think I spoke earlier on about
the importance of partnerships too. So one of the great things that helped us
build such a big business, with the partners that we worked here in Seoul. So
many many of the banks were our joint venture partners. Many of the banks
provided liquidity to the projects that we’re investing into. So a lot of that
growth is due to our partners and our investors. We also spent a lot of time
with regulators and government officials, sharing our knowledge about what international
markets were doing. And we think that helped us to be more welcome and helped
us develop our businesses.
5. How do you think about Seoul as an investment spot?Obviously, we’re very very very
happy with Seoul as an investment place, you know. So when you look at this region
and you look at the infrastructure, the liquidity of the market, the
forward-looking vision of the policymakers and the regulators, and just the
whole attitude “CAN DO”. It really is a fantastic example of a financial hub
and that is why this is the most diverse business for Macquarie in Asia.
6. Please describe Seoul with a single word and tell us why.That’s a very tough question. I think the word
would have to be “Vibrant”. I think “Vibrant” is the word and I think that’s
the case just because of the sheer energy of the city. Everything moving, shopping
centers open 24 hours a day, people seamlessly travelling, people looking at
their hand phones to understand what the traffic is doing or turning their
heater on and off at home using that technology. And that determination to be
successful, and make something work, and be a great success. You know that
determination to educate your children, that determination to be the leading
financial city in Asia. All leads to a lot of vibrancy, of course.
Sure. My name is John Walker, I’m a chairman of Macquarie Group of Companies in Korea, and I’m also the vice chairman of Macquarie Capital Business in Asia. But we are worldwide specialist areas like infrastructures, natural resources, and energy. We’ve got around 13,500 people across our global businesses. So although we were originally started in Australia, we’re now very much a global financial institution with the majority of our revenues actually coming from outside Australia. And naturally our business here in Korea, which is primarily based in Seoul, is a very very important part of our global and Asian footprint.
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