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Monday
Mar312014

31 March 2014, Monday

Airlines

Australian PM says no time limit on search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane

Lack of information about where MH370 went down hampers ability to find it

Relatives of missing Chinese passengers want answers, apology

Passengers’ passports not checked against Interpol’s databases

Airline’s senior executives should have been on the ground at once

Arbitration

Hearing on case between SP Setia’s Exceljade and Bauer subsidiary postponed to May

Capital markets

Silver lining for FBM KLCI unlikely to emerge in Q2

IPO market expected to remain strong

Infrastructure

Collection of toll rates for Second Penang Bridge starts tomorrow

Islamic finance

Move into cash waqf would expand donor base

South Korea joins Islamic Financial Services Board

Legislation

Prevention of Crime (Amendment and Extension) Act 2013 comes into effect Wednesday

Contentious Goods and Services Tax Bill tabled

Leisure

Movie Animation Park Studios should be completed in December 2015

Oil and gas

Shapadu IPO in the works

Property

Penthouse prices in Kuala Lumpur reach record levels

Tradewinds set to commence development of Perdana Quay in Langkawi, Kedah

Reducing risks associated with buying auctioned properties

Retail

Aman Central will breathe new life into Alor Setar township

NU Sentral Mall now open

Sport

Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two at Malaysian Grand Prix

Telecommunications

Cahya Mata Sarawak has its eye on Sacofa

Green Packet shareholders must continue to be patient

P1 an important bolt-on to Telekom Malaysia’s broadband plans

ASIA

Earnings

China Construction Bank’s profit growth beats expectations

Gaming

Bloomberry Resorts looking to Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands for inspiration

AUSTRALIA

Competition

Travel agency chain Flight Centre will appeal A$11 million penalty

Property

Great Barrier Reef investors battle frequent typhoons, tyranny of distance

Wealth

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch tops BRW Executive Rich list 2014

SINGAPORE

Banks

Maybank wants to capitalise on country’s huge corporate banking segment

Legal services

Stephenson Harwood, Virtus Law setting up formal law alliance

WongPartnership wins battle to recoup fees charged to former hotel manager

UK

Insurance

CEO of Financial Conduct Authority faces calls to resign after blunder

Mergers and acquisitions

Department store House of Fraser could be set to fall into Chinese hands

Tax

Billionaire brothers win VAT dispute; HMRC to appeal

US

Accounting

PwC sued for professional malpractice

Autos

BMW rolling out brand new i3 all-electric vehicle in May

Intellectual property

Supreme Court faces computer conundrum

Ryan Seacrest’s Typo Products barred from selling US$99 iPhone case

Tax

Severance pay, like any other wage, is taxable

Technology

Apple, Samsung back in court

Apple’s complaint aims at some of the features that Google put in Android

Friday
Mar282014

28 March 2014, Friday

Administrative law

Puncak Niaga granted leave to bring judicial review proceedings against LUAS, Selangor

Airlines

Air search of remote southern Indian Ocean resumes; US Navy sends second P8 Poseidon

Hunt for wreckage of MH370 shifts on new radar data

Life insurers processing claims of next-of-kin

Autos

Group Lotus aims to sell 1,200 units of Exige S Roadster

Competition

MyCC’s final decision on Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia ‘very soon’

Employment

Firms with more than 50 staff required to use e-Caruman starting Tuesday

Islamic finance

Opportunity for Islamic securitisation to lead the way

Media

Why FZ Daily, Malaysiakini were denied newspaper printing permits

How long a newspaper can stay in business depends on whether customers are happy

Oil and gas

Icon Offshore aims to list on Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange; IPO expected in Q2

Seven foreign O&G majors in talks with Malaysia Investment Development Authority

Sumatec Resources looking at new oil field acquisitions to expand overseas footprint

Property

Paramount, Epic Valley and Encomas share details of real estate ventures in Kedah

Thrice-abandoned Main Place Residence ready after 16 years

Telecommunications

Telekom Malaysia takes up 57% stake in P1

Transport

New chairman of Keretapi Tanah Melayu sets five-year turnaround plan

ASIA

Airlines

AirAsia India could take off in May

Employment

SpiceJet pilots suspended, airline threatened with being grounded

Islamic finance

Hong Kong lawmakers pass Sukuk Bill

AUSTRALIA

Capital markets

Window for huge IPOs starting to narrow

Employment

Employees unfit for work due to long-term illnesses or injuries may be terminated

GLOBAL

Mergers and acquisitions

Value of global M&A activity up 54% in Q1, but number of deals down 14%

Private equity

Private equity-backed M&A down almost a third

SINGAPORE

Banks

Indonesia’s Bank Mandiri opens first branch

Technology

Facebook co-founder among investors in start-up Nitrous.IO

UK

Employment

Former lecturer’s post at Queen Mary University of London genuinely redundant

Energy

Competition and Markets Authority to investigate big six power suppliers

US

Aviation

Aircraft lessor Avolon interviewing investment banks to hire underwriters for IPO

Gaming

Casinos may have to vet where high rollers’ funds come from

Technology

Microsoft’s new CEO unveils next evolution of Office

Thursday
Mar272014

27 March 2014, Thursday

Airlines

Satellite images show 122 objects that may be related to missing MH370

AirAsia X pilot suspended for derogatory Facebook posting on MH370

Islamic finance

Clearer distinction between deposits and investment accounts

Bumi Armada plans RM1.5 billion Sukuk

Bank Islam targeting to have 150 branches nationwide by 2015

PMB-Islamic Development Bank JV pumps RM100 million into KFH Ijarah House

Property

Prices in secondary market could drop 15%

Sport

A more sombre Formula One party this year

Telecommunications

Telekom Malaysia said to have acquired stake in P1

Tort

RM60 million defamation suit returned to High Court

Water services

Selangor, federal governments meet today to discuss concessionaires, takeover of assets

AUSTRALIA

Insurance

Medibank Private to be sold through IPO before June 2015

Fund managers keenly await A$4 billion IPO

Tobacco

Australia asks Indonesia, Ukraine, Cuba, Honduras and Dominican Republic to stop delaying cases at WTO

EUROPE

Antitrust

Norway’s Telenor faces formal probe

French car parts maker, US-based supplier raided

Pharmaceuticals

Santaris Pharma may list in US

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Genting Hong Kong has in-principle approval for secondary listing

Oil and gas

Singapore LNG ready to take on second facility

UK

Banks

National Australia Bank’s struggling UK business closing 28 branches labelled ‘unsustainable’

Insurance

2013 an ‘outstanding’ year for Lloyd’s of London

Islamic finance

Bank of England may expand list of Shariah-compliant assets IFIs can use in liquidity buffers

Property

South London the hottest spot in town

US

Aviation

Honda’s first foray into jet market; final approval in Q1 2015

Management

Activist investor wants Darden Restaurants to consider replacing CEO

Private equity

Carlyle may buy traditional money manager to broaden investment platform

Technology

King Digital Entertainment opens below initial pricing levels

Wednesday
Mar262014

26 March 2014, Wednesday

Airlines

Missing Malaysia Airlines jet remains an excruciating mystery

MAS’s business affected by MH370 incident

Airline may need another financial rescue

More expenses under Montreal Convention

Insurers to share cost of lost plane

Minister in charge bears brunt of anger over handling of MH370

Frustrating search and recovery operations hold many lessons for crisis management

Capital markets

Ranhill Energy and Resources headed for listing via RTO of Symphony House

Infrastructure

Feasibility of Idaman Saga’s proposal to take over PLUS Malaysia in question

Insurance

Malaysian Re’s IFS rating affirmed at ‘A’

Islamic finance

RHB hopes to double Shariah financing assets to 30% of total in 2017

Mergers and acquisitions

MSM wants to be among top three global players in sugar industry by 2020

Oil and gas

Petronas hopes to conclude Canadian LNG stake sale in a fortnight

Investments at Rapid projected to hit RM170 billion by 2020

Property

Paramount building Penang’s first university metropolis within five years

KSK Land plans mixed development on freehold plot in Jalan Conlay

Developers may see slowdown in earnings

Retail

Manager of Hektar REIT on lookout for neighbourhood malls outside main cities

AUSTRALIA

Airlines

‘Qantas needs to re-evaluate business’, says AirAsia boss

Insurance

ACCC approves IAG’s proposed acquisition of Wesfarmers’ underwriting business

SINGAPORE

Banks

EFG obtains wholesale banking licence

Gaming

Integrated resort in South Korea unlikely to divert much traffic from Singapore

UK

Banks

Spanish-owned Santander faces biggest UK fine for flawed investment advice

Insurance

RSA details plans for £773 million share issue

Property

Tiny two-storey house on the market for £77,000

US

Litigation

US law firm representing father of MH370 passenger requests MAS, Boeing data

Tax

Internal Revenue Service will treat Bitcoin as property for tax purposes

Technology

Microsoft’s new CEO expected to go on offensive with some bold strokes

Tuesday
Mar252014

25 March 2014, Tuesday

Airlines

Question of who bears full liability for Malaysia Airlines jet unresolved

Key questions unanswered

China demands satellite-data analysis; US flying in high-tech black box detector

Wave phenomenon used to analyse pings from MH370 to determine final destination

Malaysian Airline System yet to receive any monies from insurers for loss of aircraft

Acting minister of transport expresses frustration over criticism from other nations

Capital markets

Kian Joo chooses Aspire Insight’s offer over higher one from Japan’s Toyota Tsusho

Securities Commission Malaysia approves proposed listing of Boustead Plantations

Convenience store operator 7-Eleven Malaysia receives approval to list

Competition

MyCC discusses issues on land transport, financial and telecoms services

Infrastructure

Former Renong chairman puts in unsolicited bid to take over PLUS Malaysia

Management

Departure of Malakoff CEO raises questions; COO appointed acting CEO

Property

I&P benefits from larger portfolio

Takaful

MAA Takaful optimistic of achieving target

Manulife seeks entry into Takaful

Tax

Companies eligible for GST must register with Royal Customs Department by January 2015

Trade

Malaysia-Norway bilateral trade set to increase

ASIA

Financial markets

Asian Development Bank plan to standardise bond issuance may be game changer

Real estate

Developer wants to introduce China’s nouveaux riches to new level of turnkey sophistication

AUSTRALIA

Competition

AGL Energy challenges ACCC’s rejection of bid for Macquarie Generation

Employment

Former chairman claims unfairly dismissed, seeks damages for over A$1 million

SINGAPORE

Banks

OCBC would rather expand in Greater China than another Asean market

Investment

Dymon Asia Private Equity pumps S$15 million into HSL Constructor

Legal profession

Mandatory reporting of pro bono hours recommended

UK

Energy

Siemens investing £160 million in wind turbine production plant

Insurance

£1 million bonus for Aviva CEO

Mergers and acquisitions

May deadline for Dixons, Carphone to confirm deal

Property

Tenant did not have to give over year's notice before leaving premises after breakdown in talks on new lease

US

Entertainment

Walt Disney buys YouTube network for US$500 million

Technology

Real test for ‘Candy Crush’ maker will be stock’s staying power

Google collaborating with Ray-Ban and Oakley on Glass designs

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