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Thursday
May072015

7 May 2015, Thursday

Airlines

Malaysia Airlines needs to ‘retreat and regroup before growing again’

Some major routes may be scrapped

New catering agreement with Brahim’s still not finalised

Banks

Japan’s Daiwa Securities eyeing minority stake in Affin Hwang IB

Corporate governance

Possible irregularities in Scanwolf’s property development division

Economy

Malaysia faces imminent downgrade by Fitch; economists warn of more turmoil ahead

Food and beverage

Fraser & Neave exploring ways to make up for loss of Red Bull

Healthcare

IHH, Sime Darby submit bids for Mahkota Medical Centre in Malacca

Insurance

U for Life’s online platform billed as ‘game changer’

Islamic finance

Kuwait Finance House may sell Malaysian unit

Management

Khazanah Nasional restructures senior leadership team

Property

F&N hopes to launch RM2 billion project in Petaling Jaya by Q2 2016

1MDB to sell two plots of land in Tun Razak Exchange to Lembaga Tabung Haji

Sultan wants Johor Real Property and Housing Board Bill reviewed

ASIA

Autos

Honda’s financial profile expected to remain stable and strong

Insurance

Prudential’s incoming CEO likely to continue predecessor’s strategy

AUSTRALIA

Banks

Golden era of record profits, lush dividends coming to an end for ‘Big Four’

National Australia Bank’s troubled UK business to be spun off in partial public sale

EUROPE

Autos

BMW beats Q1 profit forecasts thanks to record sales of SUVs

BMW introducing 15 models this year

Technology

EU gearing up to tear down digital barriers

Role of internet intermediaries will also be assessed

GLOBAL

Employment

US, Papua New Guinea and Suriname the only countries that don’t offer paid maternity leave

Property

London still world’s most sought-after city for investors

SINGAPORE

Airlines

Tigerair makes progress on aggressive turnaround plan but not out of the woods yet

Earnings

OSIM’s Q1 profit down 53% on weaker sales, lack of product launches

Real estate

Investors who got fingers burnt buying property abroad may have tough time getting money back

UK

Banks

StanChart to review involvement in controversial Australian coal mine

Tobacco

Imperial Tobacco on track to meet targets for 2015

Company has no taste for tobacco heating products others are embracing alongside e-cigs

US

Media

Interim CEO of Al Jazeera America replaced

Mergers and acquisitions

PE firm Golden Gate Capital in advanced talks to acquire parent of Ann Taylor

Real estate

Mexican billionaire’s 20,000 sq ft Manhattan townhouse on the market for US$80 million

Technology

In blow to Google, lion’s share of Mountain View’s future office development awarded to LinkedIn

Wednesday
May062015

6 May 2015, Wednesday 

Capital markets

Sime Darby Motors IPO shelved

R&A Telecommunication now a GN3 company

Competition

Trendcell first company to be charged under Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011

Earnings

Fraser & Neave’s Q2 profit up 3.5%

Bright prospects for Hartalega

E-commerce

Banking tycoon’s son dives into sphere with GEMFIVE

Energy

Malakoff reportedly keen on Project 3B and other Edra Global Energy assets

Insurance

Tune Ins acquires controlling stake in Indonesia’s Asuransi Staco Mandiri

Investment

Bank Negara officials may have to testify at Public Accounts Committee hearings on 1MDB

Printing

Magnate, Utusan Melayu front runners to buy Percetakan Nasional Malaysia

Property

Record price for serviced residential units at Pavilion Suites

KLCC Stapled Group expects office and retail segments to remain stable

Weaker cycle in Johor transactions unlikely to affect UEM Sunrise

Sport

Malaysia in a bind over selection of players for Jakarta badminton world championships

Tort

New Straits Times Press must pay RM350k in damages

AUSTRALIA

Real estate

Experienced investors unsuccessful in proving alleged representations as to potential views

Judgment

Telecommunications

Cheaper phone calls and texts on the horizon

EUROPE

Antitrust

Conditional approval for Mondelez, DE Master Blenders to combine coffee businesses

Banks

CEO of Coutts International stepping down

Tax

EU investigating claims McDonald’s exploited controversial tax loophole in Luxembourg

SINGAPORE

Earnings

Eu Yan Sang’s Q3 earnings down 38%

Healthcare

GIC in talks for 14% stake in Brazil’s largest hospital chain

Property

Prime good-class bungalow caught up in family dispute close to being sold

Transport

New timeline for Singapore-KL HSR by end-2015

UK

Accountancy

Grant Thornton could become first major firm to incorporate shared enterprise model

Banks

HSBC’s Q1 profit slightly higher

Decision on UK exit by end-2015

HSBC likely to remain in US

Employment

Be wary of relying on ‘public interest’ test to deny protection to potential whistleblower

US

Antitrust

Agency examining whether Apple using position to put rival music services at a disadvantage

Gaming

US$4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas expected to open by mid-2018

Real estate

Indian Creek Island Road, Beverly Park Circle most expensive streets to live on

Landmark Helmsley Building in New York City sold for US$1 billion

Tuesday
May052015

5 May 2015, Tuesday

Airlines

Talk of Malaysia Airlines offering planes for sale or lease is premature

Leaner workforce necessary in order to save MAS

Emergence of MidEast cargo carriers starting to affect local business

Banks

Agrobank needs to reposition itself

Energy

IJM may buy IMDB’s power assets

Insurance

Extent of insurer’s liability in third party claim

Judgment

Manufacturing

Kawan Food’s new factory in Pulau Indah should commence operations by year-end

Perfect Food exploring new markets

Media

Malaysia can do more to strengthen freedom of expression, freedom of press

Oil and gas

JCorp looking to increase participation through subsidiaries

Plantations

Felda Global Ventures keen to expand downstream footprint

Property

Scientex to build 1,420 units of affordable properties in Johor

Technology

Canon Marketing sets higher sales target

Country’s first Internet provider in liquidation

ASIA

Legal services

Lewis Silkin opens first branch abroad

Oil and gas

Tycoon may look at more expansion opportunities following acquisition of Ramba Energy stake

AUSTRALIA

Banks

ANZ posts record H1 profit

ANZ wants to sell Esanda dealer finance business

Data protection

Metadata ruled ‘personal’; telco must provide information sought by Fairfax journalist

Far-reaching consequences for any organisation that deals in 'big data'

Employment

Employer legally allowed to sack truck driver who refused to shave beard

Real estate

Clampdown on illegal foreign investment

EUROPE

Autos

Audi’s Q1 profit fuelled by growing demand for A6 saloon and Q3 SUV

Technology

European Commission proposes new rules for tech industry

Policy overhaul meant to touch all aspects of digital life

SINGAPORE

Education

‘Tiger moms’ a headache for PM

Media

Socio-political website The Real Singapore shut down

Property

Authorities urged to review how foreign developers disclose information to buyers

UK

Dispute resolution

Use of ‘anchor defendants’ in jurisdiction disputes

Real estate

Londoners need to earn £77k a year to be able to buy first house

US

Antitrust

Holcim, Lafarge win approval to merge after agreeing to divest assets

Finance

Pimco no longer world’s largest bond mutual fund

Food and beverage

McDonald’s CEO announces sweeping changes to revitalise company

Investors unconvinced turnaround will do much to stop company’s bleeding

Thursday
Apr302015

30 April 2015, Thursday

Capital markets

Strong demand for Malakoff IPO despite economic headwinds

Sedania Innovator slated for listing on ACE Market by mid-2015

Economy

Private investments in flagship economic development programme up 11% in 2014

Energy

Sarawak reducing electricity tariffs for commercial and industrial users from June

Gaming

Annual revenue from Genting’s Malaysian segment drops for first time in five years

Healthcare

IHH among parties eyeing Advent’s 72% stake in India’s CARE Hospitals

Insurance

Cultural reasons remain big challenge in settling claims for MH370 tragedy

Islamic capital market

Confidence returning to world’s biggest Sukuk market

Khazanah Nasional set to issue country’s first social-impact Sukuk

Kuveyt Türk raises RM300 million in first foray into Malaysian Islamic debt capital market

Manufacturing

Kaneka investing ¥12 billion in Malaysia

Media

ABNxcess needs to find market niche

Oil and gas

Deleum looking at potential deals to enhance core businesses

Technology

Willowglen MSC hoping to sign up Tenaga Nasional

Telecommunications

Customs Department, MCMC at odds over pricing of prepaid reloads

ASIA

Airlines

AirAsia pressing ahead with on-again, off-again plans for IPO of Indonesia carrier

Autos

Honda profit down 43%

AUSTRALIA

Employment

Manager’s refusal to be civil and to engage constructively with employer valid grounds for dismissal

Property

A$30 million facelift for Campbell’s Stores at The Rocks, Sydney

EUROPE

Autos

Volkswagen reports 17% rise in operating profit

Retail

Credit profiles of Carrefour and Tesco will continue to diverge

SINGAPORE

Banks

Consolidation of newly acquired Wing Hang helps OCBC post robust loan growth

OCBC in no hurry to divest stake in United Engineers

UOB’s loan growth slower than OCBC and DBS

Investment

‘Remisier King’ hires former MD at L Capital Asia to run Catpital

Real estate

Boustead Projects starts trading

UK

Media

Events organiser UBM exploring sale of New York-based PR Newswire Association

Oil and gas

Shell under pressure to execute landmark US$70 billion deal to buy rival BG as soon as possible

Real estate

Property ownership in London out of the reach of many

US

Aviation

Engine manufacture, noise hastening Boeing 747’s departure

Financial services

MasterCard benefiting as consumers replace cash and cheques with e-payments

Media

Solid start for Thomson Reuters

Real estate

CBRE’s Q1 profit bolstered by growth in commercial mortgage services and leasing

Wednesday
Apr292015

29 April 2015, Wednesday

Aviation

Sabah and Sarawak keen to take over MASwings

Banks

CIMB expects profit from Indonesian operations to improve from Q2

1MDB should disclose what it should about debts to allay investor concerns

Bank Negara Malaysia appoints new assistant governor wef Friday

Capital markets

Former deputy executive chairman of Malaysian Merchant Marine charged with insider trading

Earnings

BAT Malaysia cautiously optimistic for 2015

Education

UM, USM on this year’s QS World University Rankings

Insurance

Etiqa wants to expand footprint in Indonesia and Philippines

Tune Ins awaiting regulatory approval on Indonesian acquisition

Islamic finance

Islamic Financial Services Board launches databank of industry indicators

Judiciary

Judges must conduct themselves with decorum at all times

Oil and gas

Icon Offshore CEO, COO on six-month leave of absence

Real estate

IGB REIT could see slowdown in retail sector

Seminar

LHAG partner speaking at anti-corruption forum tomorrow

Tort

Penang CM files for higher compensation from Umno-owned papers

ASIA

Banks

China’s tightening political grip on Hong Kong could persuade HSBC to stay put

Technology

Boutique Chinese financial advisers stealing a march on global investment banks

Samsung Electronics’ Q1 profit misses estimates

LG’s G4 flagship smartphone a direct challenge to Galaxy S6

AUSTRALIA

Banks

National Australia Bank cuts interest in US lender; may exit UK through London listing

Insurance

Insurance Australia Group lowers full-year insurance margin guidance

EUROPE

Autos

Daimler’s Q1 profit rises on strong demand for updated Mercedes-Benz luxury cars

Intellectual property

Louis Vuitton no longer has monopoly on chequerboard pattern

SINGAPORE

Construction

Developer can call on performance bond following landmark ruling

Healthcare

Raffles Medical’s new facility in Shaw Centre opens June

UK

Banks

No change in StanChart HQ as bank tries to turn around performance after two bad years

Employment

First Employment Appeal Tribunal case to consider new public interest test in whistleblowing law

Oil and gas

Gatwick may not be new Dallas after all

US

Aviation

Families who lost loved ones on Germanwings Flight 9525 may sue in US

Technology

Twitter facing greater pressure to show initiatives delivering more users and revenue

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