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Friday
Jan152016

15 January 2016, Friday

Autos

Sales in 2016 projected to drop; Japanese brand Honda could overtake Proton

Proton hoping for transformational year

Proton-Suzuki Malaysia to roll out joint product before end-2016

No change in price of Toyota Camry Hybrid

Aviation

Malaysia Airports plans aggressive campaign to overcome tough market conditions

Malindo may shift to KLIA

Constitutional law

Hindu mum ready to take challenge against children’s conversion to Islam to Federal Court

Investment

MIDA confident can maintain momentum in investments flowing in

Islamic finance

Bank Islam expects slower growth

Logistics

Nexgram acquires controlling stake in Transeaways Shipping; founder and CEO quits

Oil and gas

SapuraKencana subsidiaries bag contracts with combined value of RM500 million

Real estate

MREITs may step up acquisitions

Ewein subsidiary buys 50 acres in Penang for proposed ‘Wellness City of Dreams’ resort

Pavilion REIT’s Q4 profit up on higher net property income

Technology

Permodalan Nasional outsources IT services to associate company HeiTech Padu

Travel

KTM offering 12 new daily ETS services starting Monday

ASIA

Banks

Mitsubishi UFJ invests in Philippine lender

Capital markets

China’s new rules allow investors to seek compensation immediately for botched IPO

Telecommunications

Huge interest in XL Axiata’s towers

AUSTRALIA

Banks

ANZ probes sacked traders’ allegations of toxic culture within senior ranks of global markets unit

Construction

Contractors liable for late completion even if rate for liquidated damages was ‘$Nil’, ‘N/A’ or ‘Zero’

EUROPE

Autos

Renault’s shares down on fears could face own emissions scandal similar to VW’s ‘dieselgate’

Earnings

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli’s 2015 sales fall short of forecast

Oil and gas

Norway’s Statoil takes up 12% stake in Sweden’s Lundin

SINGAPORE

Property

Manager of Cambridge Industrial Trust eyeing Singapore, Australia and Japan

Technology

GrabTaxi founder/CEO reckons being local will give start-up the edge in Asia

UK

Banks

Santander UK intensifying plans to bid for more than 300 Royal Bank of Scotland branches

Property

Countryside Properties plans £114 million IPO; listing expected in February

Linklaters and Ashurst advising Countryside

Retail

Struggling Tesco’s turnaround starting to pay off

No one should underestimate trolley full of challenges ‘Drastic’ Dave still faces

US

Banks

Goldman Sachs settles claims over faulty mortgage securities to investors

Property

Government’s decision to start scrutinising all-cash buyers is more bad news

Thursday
Jan142016

14 January 2016, Thursday

Banks

One of Bank Negara’s own tipped to succeed Zeti

CIMB group CEO taking on additional role starting next Wednesday

Earnings

Diversification into property sector should help Astral Supreme return to the black

Economy

Recalibrated Budget 2016 in a fortnight

Energy

PUC Founder eyeing government-linked RE projects

Franchising

Industry expected to contribute 2.5% of GDP this year

Health

Cigarette taxes insufficient to cover cost of treating smoking-related diseases

Investment

Employees Provident Fund continues to invest locally, no plans to divest stake in Singapore project

Khazanah Nasional bracing for another volatile year after ‘roller coaster’ 2015

Sovereign wealth fund will focus on expanding overseas footprint

Islamic finance

Sale of Khazanah’s Bank Muamalat stake only if latter merges with Malaysia Building Society

Legislation

Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act 1963 to be amended

Property

Scanwolf disposing of commercial land in Perak for RM1.6 million

Transport

Bus companies sue SPAD, Maju TMAS over centralised ticketing system

ASIA

Capital markets

Hotel Lotte listing could surpass 2010 record by Samsung Life Insurance

Insurance

April Group looking to strengthen market share in region

Nippon Life seeks M&A opportunities in Asia, North America, Europe and Oceania

AUSTRALIA

Aviation

No expansion of search area for missing MH370 unless there are new clues

Health

More kilojoules in ‘98% fat free’ smoothies than a Big Mac

Insurance

Federal Court circumvents suspension of cover clause

EUROPE

Competition

Lego Germany fined €130,000

Technology

Companies can monitor workers’ online communications

GLOBAL

Oil and gas

Firms being forced into survival mode

Property

Fitch expects housing and mortgage markets to be stable or improve

New Zealand most expensive country to buy property

SINGAPORE

Intellectual property

Singapore Press Holdings gets apology from developer/editor of defunct website

Real estate

Tanjong Pagar Centre set to claim title of tallest building in republic

CapitaLand Commercial Trust selling 23-storey One George Street

PropertyGuru not listing in 2016

Technology

US’ Qualcomm and Japan’s TDK teaming up on radio-chip JV

UK

Competition

Competition and Markets Authority investigates affordability and quality of legal services market

Watchdog’s decision on BT-EE deal due Monday

Media

The American Lawyer parent now also owns Legal Week

US

Aviation

Brother of missing MH370 passenger sues carrier

Banks

Goldman Sachs may cut more than 5% of fixed-income traders and salesmen

Media

Qatar pulls the plug on Al Jazeera America

Real estate

Treasury to track secret buyers of luxury properties

Technology

General Electric relocating HQ to Boston to tap city’s tech talent, lower tax bill

Conglomerate eliminating jobs in Germany, France

Netflix CEO starts US$100 million education-focused philanthropic fund

Wednesday
Jan132016

13 August 2016, Wednesday

Airlines

AirAsia X resumes flights to New Zealand, confident will be profitable in FY16

Great time for an Asian airline to come to NZL

Capital markets

Java now a PN17 company

Construction

Bina Puri eyeing RM1 billion worth of jobs

Healthcare

Seacera diversifies into medical sector via purchase of Proligen stake

Infrastructure

Chinese entity interested in Mentakab-Kuantan rail line project

Is a rail project that could cost up to RM65 billion necessary?

Investment

Sovereign fund Khazanah Nasional among five new investors in Skyscanner

Land

Sarawak government among parties sued for alleged encroachment into NCR land

Media

Media Chinese International in early talks on possible sale of magazine subsidiary

Oil and gas

Tax haven Labuan hit by drastic drop in crude oil price

Plantations

United Malacca can use foreign currency borrowing to acquire stake in Indonesian planter

Property

Tropicana selling Sky Express Hotel for RM55 million

Growth in Klang Valley likely to be flat

Takaful

CIMB Islamic’s Takaful Suria helps Muslims fulfil Hajj aspiration

Telecommunications

Celcom Axiata expects horizontal growth for industry

ASIA

Airlines

Japan’s ANA buys into state-controlled Vietnam Airlines

Autos

SUV maker Great Wall plans R&D centres in North America, Europe and India

EUROPE

Antitrust

Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal under scrutiny

Italian consumer groups claim McDonald’s franchise system anti-competitive

Financial markets

Bond boom not over yet

Wealth management

Deutsche Bank aspiring to be among world’s top five managers

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Silverlake Axis, founder cleared in independent review by Deloitte Singapore

Deloitte report

Data protection

Former BlueScope Steel manager accused of corporate spying

Property

Government may be swayed to lift some curbs that have depressed home sales and damped values

Co-founder/CEO of PropertyGuru discusses expansion plans in Asia, industry outlook

UK

Banks

HSBC likely to keep London HQ

Oil and gas

BP reducing headcount

US

Entertainment

Dalian Wanda chairman now a Hollywood movie mogul; acquires Legendary for US$3.5 billion

Insurance

Aetna not giving up on public health exchange market, despite losing money last year

MetLife separating domestic retail business; life insurer weighing sale, spinoff or IPO

MetLife’s decision the most surprising to date

Technology

Printing services company Lexmark may divest hardware, software assets separately

Tuesday
Jan122016

12 January 2016, Tuesday

Administrative law

Application to prevent Putrajaya from signing TPPA binned on grounds pact yet to be signed

Airlines

Rayani Air in talks for Islamic loan facility

Earnings

Brahim’s sees ‘substantial’ turnaround in FY16, wants to reduce dependence on airline catering business

Economy

Moody’s lowers credit-rating outlook for Malaysia

Graft

MACC finds no element of corruption in CBT allegations against Baitulmal Professional Institute

Management

Sime Darby COO quits for health reasons

Oil and gas

Petronas bracing for more tough times

Oceanmight, Talisman Malaysia sign EPC contracts for Kinabalu redevelopment project

Property

Hua Yang plans mixed development in Johor Bahru

Four-star Sunway Pyramid Hotel West begins operations next month

Tort

PM, ex-MCA president to go for mediation

Trade

Miti issues booklet on Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

Booklet

ASIA

Consumer electronics

Japanese government-backed fund proposes ¥200 billion bailout of electronics maker Sharp

Islamic finance

Indonesia’s ambition to rival Malaysia as Shariah hub falls short

AUSTRALIA

Intellectual property

Key developments in copyright in 2015

Oil and gas

Struggling producers expected to put more assets on the market

EUROPE

Autos

Mercedes could overtake BMW sales this year

Management

Electrolux CEO retiring following failure to land GE deal

Tax

Belgium told to revise tax settlements with AB InBev, BP and 33 other MNCs

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Singapore Exchange reviewing quarterly reporting

Real estate

Data centre market a bright spot in otherwise gloomy real estate sector

Retail

Marina Square embroiled in new battle

UK

Intellectual property

Yoyo.email liable for passing off domain names owned by Royal Bank of Scotland

Tax

Head of UK tax office stepping down after bruising four years

US

Autos

Strong demand for Asian SUVs

Lexus’ LC 500 faster than Mercedes SL550

Hedge funds

2015 worst year for hedge funds since 2011

Mergers and acquisitions

Shire seals US$32 billion deal to buy American rival Baxalta

Real estate

Midtown Manhattan hit with succession of departures by major companies

Office rents in San Francisco eclipse those in Manhattan as most expensive in country

Technology

Investors, bankers counting on corporate software companies to fill pipeline of IPOs

Monday
Jan112016

11 January 2016, Monday

Administrative law

Ampang Park strata title owners file for judicial review, seek to halt land enquiry proceedings

Airlines

Busy January for AirAsia

Analysts confident 2016 will be a better year for Malaysia Airlines

Ministry officials intervene over claims national carrier reluctant to recognise employees’ unions

Autos

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia hopes to continue record-breaking feat

Cycle & Carriage Bintang shares up on higher sales of Mercedes-Benz models

Capital markets

‘Repco Low’ guilty of manipulating share price

Constitutional law

Federal Court bench can revisit same issue it had decided earlier

Construction

Ahmad Zaki Resources looking to replenish order book

Seacera mulling manufacturing and/or medical industry as possible new ventures

Healthcare

Ekuiti Nasional ventures into sector

Insurance

Malaysian Re’s IFS rating affirmed at ‘A’

Investment

1MDB boss shares what 2015 has been like at ‘Malaysia’s most investigated company’

Judiciary

Judges, however high they may be, not infallible and their errors can have serious repercussions

Legal profession

Expect fresh challenges for legal community

Oil and gas

Landing new jobs an uphill battle for those once among top income earners

Petronas may have to trim huge workforce to remain competitive

UMW Oil & Gas reorganising debts partly to avoid ‘surprises’ from financiers

Property

Market could see dip of 5%-6% compared with 2015

Demand for landed properties in southern Johor still good

MH Pinnacle set to be tallest building in Perak when completed in 2018

Half of tool parts maker Kobay’s revenue could come from property development by 2020

Landmarks calls off JV with Canyon Ranch on Bintan project

Bright outlook for Kepong

Residents, business owners worried about multiple developments near Kepong Entrepreneurs Park

OSK’s Aspect Synergy plans mixed development project in Negeri Sembilan

Tax

Royal Malaysian Customs could collect nearly RM40 billion in GST this year

Telecommunications

Apparel maker Yen Global diversifies into sector following acquisition of VLT Wholesale

ASIA

Autos

Honda launching new China-only SUV to compete with BMW and Audi

Volkswagen no longer top foreign vehicle seller in Japan

Insurance

Indonesia’s Bank Rakyat not selling 40% stake in life insurance unit

Wealth management

Lombard International opening offices in Hong Kong and Singapore

AUSTRALIA

Gaming

Crown, Star Entertainment could be allies in longer-term prize of putting Sydney on the map

Oil and gas

Drillsearch Energy’s friendly merger with Beach likely to get shareholders’ nod

EUROPE

Antitrust

FedEx-TNT Express merger approved; deal still needs clearance in Brazil and China

Autos

Volkswagen unlikely to face US-style fines over emissions scandal

Maritime

Late French oceanographer’s iconic Calypso to sail again

SINGAPORE

Airlines

Singapore Airlines offer for Tiger Airways now unconditional; closing date extended to February

Capital markets

Noble Group founder boosts stake to 22.13%

UK

Employment

When improper influence by HR department in disciplinary proceedings can make a dismissal unfair

Judge failed to explain what it was that persuaded manager to change views so radically

Mergers and acquisitions

Fitness First’s new year exercise could see global empire dismantled and sold to rivals

US

Autos

VW boss meeting with regulators about when it will fix 600,000 cars

Pharmaceuticals

More than 100 of Pfizer’s drugs now cost 20% more

Price increases demonstrate industry’s pricing power

Property

What US$3 million gets you in 10 cities

Playboy Mansion can be yours for US$200 million — and only if magazine magnate gets to stay

Technology

Yahoo workers lose faith in CEO Mayer’s leadership

Yahoo may abandon spinoff idea in favour of a sale

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