ABN AMRO sponsort Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
ABN AMRO Asia today announced that it has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society Ltd. The Bank will endow the ‘Maestro Podium’ - the position of the Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, currently Jaap van Zweden, over the 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 seasons.
Maureen DeRooij, Country Executive for Greater China and CEO of Wholesale Banking Asia, said: “ABN AMRO has had a long and illustrious history in Asia and believes in contributing to the communities in which we work. And as a patron of the arts, we are proud to support the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra’s endeavours for the next three years.”
Jaap van Zweden, Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra said: “If you think of Dutch people, you think of Vincent van Gogh. If you think of Dutch sport, you think of PSV Eindhoven. But if you think about finance, ABN AMRO is the first name you think of. I am delighted to be associated with ABN AMRO and thank them for their support of the Maestro Podium.”
Michael MacLeod, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra said, “In the same way that ABN AMRO has evolved into a worldwide financial force, the Dutch conductor, Jaap van Zweden, is now one of the most sought-after conductors on the international circuit. We are proud to have the “Double Dutch” connection with him and ABN AMRO.
ABN AMRO is among the oldest foreign bank’s in Asia and today employs over 700 staff via its offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo – part of the bank’s overall international network spanning 23 countries. Its ECT Clients business provides standard and structured wholesale banking services to global clients in sectors such as commodity finance, shipping, agriculture, oil & gas and offshore oil services. ABN AMRO has been named ‘Best Commodity Trade Finance Bank in Asia’ for the last three years in Trade Finance magazine’s awards. The bank is also a leading provider of private banking and clearing services in the Asia region.
The bank’s Corporate Finance & Capital Markets team offers mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, strategic financial advice and corporate broking services to corporate and institutional clients. The bank was named Financial Adviser of the Year for Benelux in the Financial Times/ Mergermarket European M&A Awards 2013 and Best Investment Bank in the Netherlands in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2014.