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Wednesday
Jan112012

11 January 2012, Wednesday

Autos

Tan Chong Motor may be the dark horse in race for Khazanah’s Proton stake

Banks

CIMB likely to take up 60% stake in Philippines’ Bank of Commerce

Loan growth less robust, but still in double digits

Capital markets

Retail investors flooding the stock market in a big way

Commodities

Jeweller Poh Kong expects another year of growth

Economy

What is Malaysia doing to raise its economic game amid fast-increasing competition?

Franchising

Franchise industry to make up 9.4% of GDP by 2020, supported by strategic thrusts

Insurance

Zurich Insurance will resolve issue of dual presence

Islamic capital markets

HSBC Amanah Malaysia to introduce innovative Sukuk for retail investors

Registered Shariah advisers as at 31 December 2011

Mergers and acquisitions

Malay Chamber offers RM6.90 per share for Kulim’s 54% stake in QSR Brands

Payments

New coins in circulation from Monday

Property

UEM Land Holdings targets sales of RM3 billion

Tobacco

Retailers who sell contraband cigarettes may have licences revoked

Trade

Turnover between Malaysia and Kazakhstan could hit RM500 million

ASIA

Oil and gas

China, Malaysia and Japan could ramp up deep-sea O&G production

Retail

Selling to women in China a harder challenge for specialty cosmetics chain Sa Sa

Wealth

Total wealth of Hong Kong’s 40 richest declines 7%

Forbes list

CANADA

Mergers and acquisitions

Potential buyers in a holding pattern

EUROPE

Antitrust

Competition commissioner comes down against Deutsche Boerse-NYSE Euronext deal

Chief executives to discuss next steps

Romania’s oil companies fined for breaking rules

Autos

Fiat could bring on board a third partner before Chrysler IPO

SINGAPORE

Finance

Former trader sues Royal Bank of Scotland for wrongful dismissal

Real estate

CapitaLand-led consortium pumping in S$4 billion into Chongqing site

UK

Bankruptcy

British court annuls bankruptcy of former Irish tycoon

Corporate

Company’s articles of association will be considered like any other contract

US

Capital markets

Blue chips climb to highest level since July

Intellectual property

Apple and HTC accused of infringing technology related to digital photographs

Once-iconic Eastman Kodak tries to refocus as a digital company

Tuesday
Jan102012

10 January 2012, Tuesday

Airlines

New charter airline Eaglexpress will debut in February

Autos

Volkswagen seeks 10-fold increase in share of Malaysian passenger car market

Banks

Maybank IB planning to use Kim Eng Holdings as springboard

Capital markets

Investors will continue to see rally in H1

Kian Joo may be reprimanded for non-disclosure of stake sale

Privatisation, merger considered

Gaming

A win for Genting as US state senate votes in favour of Bill

Property

Trinity Group has four projects lined up in the Klang Valley

Takaful

AmTakaful begins operations

Telecommunications

Stable outlook in 2012

Travel

Melaka ranked no 28 on New York Times’ recommended places to visit

ASIA

Competition

Web giant Google could face maximum fine from South Korea’s antitrust authority

Damages

Camera maker Olympus sues current president, former directors

Intellectual property

Apple sued for copyright infringement of 37 Chinese works

EUROPE

Banks

Swiss central bank chief stands down

Blue-chip names bailing out Europe’s ailing banks

Mergers and acquisitions

Legal and tax issues stall Volkswagen’s proposed union with Porsche

Telecommunications

Deutsche Telekom overhauling strategy for T-Mobile USA

SINGAPORE

Infrastructure

Regulatory and penalty framework to be reviewed following worst subway breakdowns

Investment

New Monetary Authority of Singapore ruling deters newbies

Property

Prices of residential property likely to decline this and next year

UK

Banks

Lloyds in talks to dispose of operations in UAE; ADCB emerges as frontrunner

Islamic banking

European Islamic Investment Bank investing in Dubai-based Rasmala

US

Intellectual property

Former licensee’s continued use of trademark after termination of licence is counterfeiting

Islamic finance

Goldman invites criticism of its Islamic finance credentials

Tax

Authorities may take legal action against Swiss bank Wegelin

Technology

ICANN ready to start gTLD programme, despite objections on security

Monday
Jan092012

9 January 2012, Monday

Auto

DRB-Hicom confirms bid for Khazanah Nasional’s stake in Proton

Commercial vehicle segment will overtake passenger vehicles in sales

Banks

CIMB sees opportunities to link up the economies of Asean

Economy

The lipstick effect on the economy

Insurance

Revised motor tariff premium rates take effect next Monday

Bank Negara Malaysia statement

Intellectual property

Malaysia one of four Asian countries to to register double-digit growth in filings

Swift comeback of patent filing deemed remarkable

Two-hour briefing on Industrial Designs Regulations 1999 (Amendment 2012) tomorrow

Islamic finance

PLUS set to issue largest global Sukuk on Thursday

Property

Overlap between government agencies in providing affordable housing to the masses

Retail

Changes at Parkson far from over

Trade

February forum for Malaysian business to explore business opportunities in the Middle East

ASIA

Education

Corporations sending managers and executives to Western business schools

Insurance

China’s total insurance premiums up 10% from 2010

Investment

For patient investors, there’s a lot to recommend about Asia

AUSTRALIA

Insurance

Claims still unresolved a year after Queensland floods

Telecommunications

Industry only weeks away from an upheaval

CANADA

Competition

Domfoam, Valle Foam Industries fined C$12.5 million for participating in price-fixing cartel

Healthcare

C$50 billion lawsuit against 14 tobacco companies can proceed

EUROPE

Finance

New guidelines could force burgeoning synthetic ETF industry into decline

Intellectual property

Samsung loses legal bid to have sales of Apple’s latest iPhone halted in Italy

GLOBAL

Financial regulation

Global regulators pressing ahead with tough new liquidity rules for banks from 2015

Pharmaceuticals

World’s drug industry is in flux

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Singapore Exchange looking to improve liquidity

Fraud

DBS compensating S$500,000 to clients as it investigates scam

Bank’s reputation may be affected

UK

Financial services

Accountancy firm PwC fined £1.4 million

US

Earnings

Corporate earnings season opens, but investors still will be watching developments in Europe

Gaming

Justice Department decision a net positive for major gaming industry operators

Emotional appeals for jobs vs emotional concerns in fight over destination resort casinos

Technology

Need for buzz and branding has become more acute

Friday
Jan062012

6 January 2012, Friday

Auto

Proton chairman confirms bid for state fund Khazanah Nasional’s 43% stake

Gaming

Genting Malaysia rises on proposed investment in US convention centre

Investment

Road tunnel, aviation among potential areas of cooperation between Singapore and Malaysia

Metals

Australia’s Lynas awaits 30 January decision by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board

Real estate

CapitaLand to manage ‘Urban Wellness’ project in Iskandar region

Pavilion REIT acquiring Fahrenheit88, Pavilion Mall extension and retail mall in USJ Subang Jaya

Residential property prices continue to increase

ASIA

Banks

China Development Bank and Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui slugging it out to buy RBS Aviation

ANZ disposing of stake in Vietnam’s Sacombank to Eximbank

Capital markets

Japan Airlines’ planned IPO could be biggest worldwide since General Motors

AUSTRALIA

Mergers and acquisitions

What’s left in Australia for suitors in China and India?

Real estate

Malaysian pension fund acquires ASX building for AUD185 million

EUROPE

Antitrust

Regulators haven’t decided on formal complaint against Google

Banks

Swiss National Bank president staying on amid controversy over currency trades

SINGAPORE

Banks

DBS investigates customer complaints of unauthorised withdrawals of funds in Malaysia

Real estate

Private home prices and rents up from previous year despite cooling measures

Telecommunications

Finland’s Nokia moving Asia-Pacific HQ to Beijing from Singapore

US

Bankruptcy

Photographic film pioneer Eastman Kodak prepares Chapter 11 filing

Kodak shares close lower after report

Capital markets

Investors anticipate Facebook IPO, but are still recovering from 2011

Gaming

Miami Chamber of Commerce throws weight behind push to expand Florida’s gambling laws

Mergers and acquisitions

New York-based Sullivan & Cromwell regains top spot among legal advisers on M&A in 2011

Market won’t pick up again unless valuations come down or confidence returns

Thursday
Jan052012

5 January 2012, Thursday


Airlines

Short-haul premium airline ‘MAS’ to take off in June

Capital markets

Homegrown Bonia takes up 49% stake in Braun Büffel in RM13 million deal

Energy

GE Energy seeks local partners to market its tint film rooftop solar PV panel systems

Intellectual property

One-day issuance of renewal certificate for trade marks and industrial designs

Property

Malaysia Land Properties forms JV with Hong Kong-listed Country Garden Holdings

Tax

Bilateral credit and unilateral credit (IRB PR 11/2011)

Tax exemption on employment income of non-citizen individuals working for certain companies in Malaysia (IRB PR 12/2011)

ASIA

Competition

China releases new rules on competitive practices in booming Internet industry

Gaming

Macau shows no signs of a slowing

Investment

Asia’s hedge funds are dwindling

AUSTRALIA

Airlines

Tiger Airways Australia roars back into life, eyes Avalon Airport as second base

Insurance

Higher reinsurance expenses unlikely to affect IAG’s profit forecast

EUROPE

Banks

Commercial banks’ overnight deposits at European Central Bank hit record high of €453 billion

Competition

Spain’s antitrust regulator probes top mobile telephone operators Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange

GLOBAL

Arbitration

ICC’s revised Rules of Arbitration enter into force

Auto

Number of cars and light trucks sold globally may increase 7%

Financial services

Regulators were anything but idle in 2011

SINGAPORE

Commodities

Citibank Singapore sues Hong Kong-based hedge fund manager

Intellectual property

SPH alleges Yahoo! Southeast Asia ‘deliberately’ plagiarised news content for commercial gain

Property

Investor interest shifts to non-residential property market

UK

Competition

Fundamental changes needed to Office of Fair Trading’s enforcement strategy

Insurance

Underwriter fined £95,000 for poor reporting

Tax

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