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Friday
Mar062015

6 March 2015, Friday

Airlines

AirAsia files bankruptcy proceedings against blogger

Doubts remain if Malaysia Airlines can recover from damage

Modern tracking technology might have helped solve mystery

Private ceremony on Sunday to mark first anniversary of plane’s disappearance

Autos

Analysts sceptical of Proton’s ability to develop and manufacture Indonesia’s national car

Lotus’ next all-new vehicle likely to be crossover SUV

Banks

Bank Negara Malaysia maintains OPR as expected

Central bank’s statement

RHBCap seeking BNM’s approval on next CEO

Capital markets

Securities Commission Malaysia to review primary market regulations

SC’s annual report

Competition

MyCC accepts undertakings from Giga Shipping, Nexus Mega Carriers

Constitutional law

MAIWP kept out of Sarawakian Christian’s lawsuit to recover ‘Allah’ CDs

Construction

Bina Puri to build Movenpick Spa Resort in Terengganu

Gaming

RGB aiming to grow profit and revenue, expand footprint in Asia

Investment

Indebted, controversy-ridden 1MDB possibly dissolved under debt repayment plan

1MDB denies Reuters report

Islamic capital market

Corporate Sukuk sales could surpass last year’s RM62 billion

Property

Executive helping MACC probe into Felda Investment purchase of London boutique hotel

PPB banking on Puteri Harbour project

Maintenance fees for high-rise property owners won’t hit 10% after GST

Royal Malaysian Customs Department finalising GST guidelines for stratified properties

Retail

More time for BritishIndia and landlord Suria KLCC to resolve dispute

Telecommunications

Telekom Malaysia’s ratings affirmed at ‘A-’

Tort

‘Stupid and recalcitrant’ not defamatory

ASIA

E-commerce

Payment and delivery biggest challenges for e-retailers

Insurance

Sompo Japan may take up 15% stake in Paris-based Scor

AUSTRALIA

Aviation

Hunt for missing MH370 may be scaled back

Unsuccessful search for plane presents emotional dilemma

Construction

Problems, uncertainty with determining time limits for legal claims involving latent defects

SINGAPORE

Financial markets

Singapore attracting bond investors as yields get more attractive

Wealth

Population of ‘centa-millionaires’ set to rise 53% next decade

UK

Financial regulation

Bank of Beirut UK fined £2 million

Insurance

Aviva, Friends Life report better-than-expected annual profits for 2014

US

Manufacturing

Maker of Post-it notes 3M reforms supply chain practices

Real estate

CBRE Group in talks to buy Johnson Controls’ Global Workplace division

Thursday
Mar052015

5 March 2015, Thursday

Airlines

‘The Terminator’ faces biggest challenge yet at Malaysia Airlines

Too much political interference

Key pieces of MH370 puzzle are missing

Some prominent theories on vanished plane

Competition

AWER must back cartel allegation with evidence of price fixing

Construction

Small-scale contractors worried about losing jobs to unlicensed builders

Investment

Auditor General to verify accounts of 1MDB

Legal profession

Proponents of second legal body are those ‘refusing to accept diversity of opinions or majority view'

Oil and gas

Vice-chairman, non-executive director resign from SapuraKencana Petroleum

Property

Kwasa Land partnering up with Impiana Land & Development on residential project

Plaza Pekeliling on Jalan Tun Razak, KL to be redeveloped into SOHO concept building

Rental rates for office space in Klang Valley seen to remain stagnant

Telecommunications

DiGi.Com sets ambitious goal

Tort

Former Selangor MBs in mediation over defamation allegations

ASIA

Autos

Toyota Motor shakes up management ranks

Aviation

New CEO of Garuda Indonesia wants to take over Soekarno-Hatta airport’s third terminal

Main search for AirAsia QZ8501 is over

Banks

Maybank keen to strengthen corporate banking portfolio in Brunei

IFC, Sumitomo Mitsui to double investment in mid-sized Indonesian lender

Gaming

Asian casinos pulling in China’s gamblers as crackdown scares them away from Macau

AUSTRALIA

Aviation

Macquarie’s third large deal in sector over past decade

Competition

Woodside Petroleum gets nod to buy Apache’s Western Australian LNG and oil assets

EUROPE

Antitrust

ZF Friedrichshafen-TRW Automotive deal set to win conditional approval

Arbitration

Swiss watchmaker Swatch to appeal against Amsterdam ruling on case against US jeweller Tiffany

Islamic capital market

Luxembourg plans second Sukuk in H1 2016

SINGAPORE

Insurance

Direct purchase of basic life policies possible from April

Travel

Singapore most ‘friendly’ non-Islamic destination for Muslims

UK

Banks

First time Bank of England caught up in criminal inquiry in SFO’s 28-year history

StanChart profit misses estimates

Competition

Duty of Competition and Markets Authority to act ‘fairly and consistently’ in dealings

Insurance

Legal & General profit climbs less than estimated

CFO of US business named interim CEO

US

Real estate

Chicago’s 442m Willis Tower for sale, may fetch record price for office building

Technology

Avago Technologies seeking other acquisitions to expand offerings

Wednesday
Mar042015

4 March 2015, Wednesday

Airlines

20% off AirAsia flights, with zero fuel surcharge, for a limited time

Banks

Australia increases scrutiny of Malaysian deposits to prevent money laundering

Capital markets

Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore ink MoU

Edra Energy’s IPO hits a snag

Competition

14 members of Sibu confectionery association fined for price fixing

Healthcare

Qualitas to pursue listing as optimum route for growth

Investment

Transparency International Malaysia joins calls for probe into 1MDB

Islamic finance

Telekom Malaysia’s proposed Sukuk Wakalah gets SC nod

Malaysia pushing for ASAS code governing Shariah advisers to be implemented globally

Legal profession

Is pace of liberalisation too slow?

Oil and gas

Petronas’ final investment decision on LNG export terminal in British Columbia by June

First dividend payment received

Property

Rental rates for residential properties softening even in prominent locations

Telecommunications

Telekom Malaysia partnering up with Time dotCom on SKR1M project

Travel

Genting Hong Kong new owner of Crystal Cruises

Utilities

Tenaga Nasional submitting application for Project 4A by mid-March

Fate of controversial Project 3B known next week

ASIA

Airlines

Indonesia AirAsia X cleared to fly Melbourne-Denpasar

Capital markets

Hong Kong Airlines IPO delayed to H2

Gaming

Gambling revenue in Macau down by half

Real estate

Singapore still Asia’s top investor

AUSTRALIA

Employment

Long-term impeccable employment record did not lessen significance of pilot’s misconduct

Worker entitled to compensation for injuries suffered during rugby game

Real estate

Singapore-listed Aspial’s first Melbourne purchase sold to private school

Evergrande-owned company ordered to sell A$39 million Sydney mansion

CANADA

Technology

BlackBerry introduces Leap in latest attempt to regain customers

EUROPE

Aviation

Relatives of MH17 victims view plane wreckage

Banks

No stress tests this year

GLOBAL

Shipping

PE firms unwinding massive bets on sector; M&A expected to drive more consolidation

Technology

Apple surpasses Samsung as world’s largest smartphone maker

NEW ZEALAND

Retail

Australia’s Woolworths divests stake in New Zealand’s Warehouse to private retailer

SINGAPORE

Banks

Prominent economist a casualty of CIMB job cuts

Capital markets

Crowdfunding scene gains more traction with entrance of FundedHere

Japan, Singapore and Taiwan explore new connections

UK

Banks

50 cases of potential market abuse uncovered at Bank of England

RBS slashing jobs in investment banking unit; majority of cuts in US and Asia

Insurance

Direct Line to spend more on branding and technology

Property

London’s iconic Grosvenor House hotel for sale

Britain urged to toughen money-laundering rules

Tobacco

British American Tobacco bids for control of Brazilian unit

Ratings continue to reflect BAT’s position as leading international tobacco company

US

Antitrust

US$415 million poaching settlement ends four-year Apple-Google battle

Technology

China’s Huawei intent on winning over US consumers

Tuesday
Mar032015

3 March 2015, Tuesday

Airlines

Malaysia Airlines cutting capacity

Separation scheme to downsize workforce in development

Staff worried about job security

Tragedies a catalyst for change

Hopes pinned on definitively closing the book on mystery

Banks

CIMB’s CFO replaced by deputy

Capital markets

Remisiers fined and suspended for false dealing in Notion Vtec

Competition

MyCC focusing on SMEs, pharmaceuticals, professional bodies and bid rigging issues

Earnings

Telcos’ earnings likely to stay strong; media sector should be careful with paper costs

Oil and gas

Margins likely compressed for next few quarters

Steep drop in crude oil prices will affect Asian O&G companies

Plantations

Sime Darby completes acquisition of New Britain Palm Oil

Property

Plenitude proposes takeover of Nomad

Malaysian banks well positioned to weather soft landing in property prices

Tax

Finance ministry confident tax collection will surpass last year’s

Income tax can be paid using credit and debit cards

Telecommunications

Celcom, DiGi and Maxis support call for lower broadband charges

Green Packet refocuses on being a tech company

Tourism

Strong growth despite sharp drop in visitors from China

ASIA

Aviation

Recovery operations for crashed AirAsia QZ8501 end in two weeks

Technology

Online retailer Alibaba not welcome in Taiwan

EUROPE

Antitrust

Decision on Telenor-TeliaSonera proposal to combine Danish mobile businesses next month

Autos

Toyota cautious on eastern Europe; next challenge is push into fuel cell vehicles

GLOBAL

Telecommunications

Facebook’s behind-the-scenes efforts to draw in more carriers may pay off

Wealth

Microsoft co-founder is world’s richest man for 16th time

SINGAPORE

Banks

Goldman Sachs cutting staff in SE Asia

Technology

Infocomm plans first-ever direct investments in Israeli tech start-ups

UK

Insurance

Amlin, Hiscox see no need to find buyer amid flurry of deals

Real estate

British real estate being used by money launderers

Tobacco

British American Tobacco dumps and sues auditor PwC to avoid US pollution scandal

US

Financial regulation

Oldest, biggest providers of ETFs may be stripped of advantage over newer rivals

Pharmaceuticals

Johnson & Johnson exits cardiovascular stent business

Technology

Nasdaq Composite Index above 5,000 for first time in 15 years

Google investor Fidelity Contrafund cuts stake

Monday
Mar022015

2 March 2015, Monday

Airlines

Bumpy ride for shareholders of AirAsia X so far

New Malaysia Airlines agreement with Brahim’s Airline Catering could be inked by end-March

Autos

Honda increasingly a threat to Toyota

Long road ahead for Proton even with up-to-date Iriz

Capital markets

FBM KLCI off to a steady start

Corporate earnings setbacks limiting strong rebound on Bursa Malaysia

Gaming

RGB spending RM3 million on expansion of Seberang Prai facility end-2015

Healthcare

Qualitas deciding this week on optimum route for its business

Insurance

Khazanah Nasional’s Avicennia Capital keen to invest in SE Asia and Turkey

Investment

Penang has third-highest number of approved investments, after Johor and Sarawak

Whistleblower website claims businessman siphoned off RM2.5 billion from 1MDB

Islamic finance

Malaysia Building Society-Bank Islam merger mooted

Legislation

Legislative requirements in setting up a franchise in Malaysia

Oil and gas

Petronas posts first ever quarterly loss

Petrol station operators could suffer more losses in coming days

Property

Developers in states beyond Johor eyeing Singaporean investors

Bina Darulaman expects repeat of commendable performance in 2015

Management bodies still subjected to new consumption tax although maintenance fees GST-exempt

Tort

The Edge Media Group dismisses threat of lawsuit by Penang businessman

Transport

Cross-border train line unlikely to be operational by 2018

ASIA

Banks

Management shake-up at some of Indonesia’s top lenders

Technology

Latest Galaxy S6 phones first from Samsung to support wireless charging as standard feature

AUSTRALIA

Aviation

Not all share search chief’s optimism MH370 will be found

China, Australia and Malaysia will discuss funding of further search for MH370 at April meeting

Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia to test enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans

More tracking needed, even for planes expected to fly over land for entire journeys

Employment

Undertaking secondary employment unlikely to be a valid reason for dismissal

Wealth

43,500 new millionaires minted in 2014

EUROPE

Autos

Major themes for Geneva International Motor Show

Expect some serious sports cars to hit the market

Aston Martin takes wraps off latest supercar; only 24 Vulcans will be made

Aston Martin must develop new body architecture to meet needs and expectations of 21st century

Ferrari again to be family controlled

Telecommunications

Tensions between Internet companies and telecom industry on display this week

GLOBAL

Oil and gas

Future of industry and producers at a crossroads

Technology

Next big idea is 5G, but unclear what opportunity or weakness it should address

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Singapore Exchange CEO’s exit perfect time to establish independent financial watchdog

LionGold may shift listing from Singapore Exchange’s main board to Catalist

Investment

Temasek needs to set aside more funds for government

Property

KOP chairman is everything a Singapore developer usually is not

UK

Mergers and acquisitions

Japan’s Nikon to buy market leader in retinal imaging, Optos

Property

Abu Dhabi fund launches takeover bid for owner of Claridge’s, the Berkeley and the Connaught

Offer cannot go ahead without Irish developer’s permission

US

Consumer goods

Kellogg’s financial woes blamed on changing tastes of fickle breakfast eaters

Mergers and acquisitions

Chip manufacturer NXP Semiconductors acquires smaller peer Freescale Semiconductor

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