Amalgamated Investment Bancorporation (AIB), one of the top investment firms in the country, celebrated its 20th year at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La with members of the business community and the diplomatic circle as guests. Former President Fidel Ramos also graced the event. A joint venture between Filipino and Singaporean investors, AIB was founded two decades ago just when the 1997 Asian financial crisis was starting — which should tell you that the men and women who started the firm really know their business.

Over the years, the investment house has grown from strength to strength, engaging in strategic alliances with international institutions to deliver quality services to its wide client base that includes high net worth individuals as well as institutions in various points in the risk-return spectrum. Its three business lines involve fixed income securities, investment banking and capital markets, and consumer finance.

AIB, through its treasury and sales group, provides products and liquidity alternatives involving fixed-income, money markets and alternative investment securities. Aside from providing solutions for clients, perhaps what makes AIB stand out is the fact that it considers each and every client special, with unique needs that require distinct, tailorfit solutions.

Of course, the company’s success can be attributed to the leadership of its chairman Carlos del Rosario and president Jose "Jovy" Cruz, who expressed his thanks to clients and supporters for giving AIB the honor and opportunity to work with them in the pursuit of financial excellence. As Jovy noted during his speech, it’s all about the client — not the company.