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Tuesday
Jan062015

6 January 2015, Tuesday

Administrative law

JAWI had not breached 82-year-old activist’s constitutional rights

Banks

30 January deadline for 1MDB to settle RM2 billion debt to Maybank and RHB Bank

Capital markets

Report of Century Logistics’ major shareholders selling out stakes ‘untrue’

Construction

Government to spend big

Logistics

DHL optimistic of further investment and growth

Management

Abu Dhabi-based Malaysian banker is new chief of 1MDB

Three CEOs, three external auditors and two chairmen in five years

Oil and gas

Oil-related revenue could drop to 3.1% of GDP

Property

Transactions may decline 10% upon implementation of GST on building materials

Penang braces for surge in purchases ahead of GST

Developer of Forest City in Johor clarifies

Telecommunications

OCK Group appoints CEO

ASIA

Aviation

Indonesia set to embrace opportunities offered by Asean Open Skies policy

AirAsia 8501 took off even though not all permits in order

Healthcare

Bangkok Dusit Medical Services denies news report on interest from Malaysia’s IHH

Insurance

Bupa first foreign company to raise holding in Indian JV after rule change

Real estate

Demand for office space in top Asian cities shows no sign of abating

AUSTRALIA

Capital markets

2015 seen to deliver fewer IPOS but more M&A deals

Employment

Employer took unlawful adverse action against employee

GLOBAL

Islamic finance

More corporate issuance of Sukuk in 2015

Oil and gas

Selloff shows little signs of slowing

SINGAPORE

Dispute resolution

New Singapore International Commercial Court formally launched

Three former senior UK judges appointed to SICC

Real estate

Office landlords in a strong position to resist demands for lower rents

Unincorporated associations

Swimming club cannot ‘simply change mind’ over whether to pay legal bills of ex-president

UK

Autos

BMW subsidiary Rolls-Royce records highest annual sales of 109-year history

Contract

Broker who offered friend insider info but then reneged on promise ordered to repay money

US

Antitrust

JPMorgan first bank to settle lawsuit alleging 12 major banks rigged prices in forex market

Autos

Industry’s best year since 2006

BMW reclaims crown from Mercedes as top-selling luxury brand

Banks

Goldman Sachs analyst thinks JPMorgan might be worth more in pieces

Growing speculation about how long before and how breakup would occur

Retail

Coach nears deal to buy privately held Stuart Weitzman

Wealth management

Morgan Stanley adviser fired over client-data leak

Monday
Jan052015

5 January 2015, Monday

Airlines

LCCs seen to be outperformers of transport earnings for 2015

Firefly anticipates higher passenger traffic from November

Banks

New base rate mechanism will stir up competition

Capital markets

Major shareholders in Century Logistics looking to sell equity interest

City-Link Express ponders listing within three years

Iskandar Waterfront IPO on back burner indefinitely

Corporate governance

Malaysian companies seem to be up to par

Healthcare

IHH Healthcare reportedly eyeing stake in Bangkok Dusit Medical Services

Oil and gas

Laws governing sector

Exciting 2014 for Sabah

Valuations a key reason for Tanjong Offshore-Bourbon deal falling through

Property

Another tough year for sector

Developers seeing purchasers shift towards landed property

New limits for Country Gardens’ controversial Forest City project in Johor Straits

Penang expected to see some challenges

ASIA

Aviation

AirAsia not authorised to fly to Singapore last Sunday

Divers trying to identify sunken wreckage from crashed jet forced to abort mission

Gaming

Melco Crown Entertainment set to quit HK bourse

Conflicting signals muddling 2015 outlook for Macau

EUROPE

Competition

Long-running battle between rough diamond dealer Spira and diamond producer De Beers ends

Mergers and acquisitions

Club Med expected to back offer from Chinese billionaire-led consortium

Tax

Telecoms, broadcasting and electronic services sold in EU will be subjected to VAT

GLOBAL

Business

Names to watch out for in 2015

Capital markets

Activity in equity capital markets up nearly 11% from 2013

Health

Johns Hopkins study: Cancer down to ‘bad luck’ rather than lifestyle, diet or genes

SINGAPORE

Healthcare

Royal Medical & Imaging takes over Pacific Healthcare’s stake in Pacific Cancer Centre

Real estate

Buoyant rental market will continue to support share prices of office REITs

UK

Banks

Investec among cosmopolitan bidders for Coutts

Investment

Top companies ramping up investment despite election risk, softer economic outlook

Islamic finance

Law firms Allen & Overy, Dentons dominate Sukuk issuance sector

Retail

Supermarkets building on just 6% of land they control across UK

US

Capital markets

2015 could be a better year for IPOs

Energy

Investors going to start looking for buying opportunities

Friday
Jan022015

2 January 2015, Friday

Banks

Malaysia, Indonesia reach agreement on market access

Bank Negara Malaysia statement

Capital markets

Local IPO scene short of major IPOs since 2012

Office furniture manufacturer AHB expects to exit PN17 status by June

Commodities

Palm oil output will decline this month

Construction

Slump in oil prices, GST and interest-rate hike possible obstacles to sector’s expansion

Investment

Government agencies urged to stop foreign purchases and prioritise domestic economy

Land

Lawyer betrayed clients in acquisition of estate land in Perak

Federal Court judgment

Oil and gas

Kejuruteraan Samudra Timur looking to acquire new assets in O&G industry

Property

Mah Sing expects strong overall demand for mass market properties

Telecommunications

Key moments in telco space last year

TM awarded contract for new submarine cable system linking peninsula with Sabah and Sarawak

Tort

NUBE and officers immune from being sued under s 22 Trade Unions Act 1959

ASIA

Autos

Hyundai-Kia aiming to sell eight million vehicles this year

Aviation

Search teams looking for crashed AirAsia jetliner’s black box to deploy pinger locaters

French agency joins search effort

Search for black box flight recorders could take a week

Crash renews concerns Indonesia cannot keep up with ever-growing popularity of air travel

AirAsia CEO likely to be facing toughest challenge now

Volume of flights putting pressure on ATC, pilots to take risky unilateral action in crises

AUSTRALIA

Intellectual property

Quality Kebabs remains liable to pay A$91k in additional damages for trademark infringement

Property

Investors bracing for a big year

EUROPE

Economy

EU could soon be plodding through one crisis after another again

Lithuania becomes 19th member of currency bloc

Insurance

Germany’s Allianz lead reinsurer for AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines

SINGAPORE

Arbitration

Approach of Singapore courts hinged on balance between party autonomy and efficiency, and legitimacy and integrity of arbitral process

Capital markets

Share market headed for volatile year

Singapore Exchange looking to individual investors to boost SE Asia’s biggest stock market

Economy

Nation will experience slower expansion than it’s used to

UK

Banks

Goldman Sachs highest paying of 13 leading banks across UK, US, Switzerland and Japan in 2013

Goldman, BoA face the most work to restructure pay to meet new EU rules

Retail

‘Golden era’ for Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons may be over

US

Antitrust

Tokyo-based NYK Line to pay US$60 million fine

Corporate

Activist investing trend expected to intensify in 2015

Insurance

China’s Fosun International makes first foray into US insurance market

Friday
Dec192014

19 December 2014, Friday

Airlines

Jentayu Danaraksa wants opportunity to clear the air

Khazanah Nasional dismayed with Jentayu's 'unprofessionalism'

Capital markets

KWAP reducing cash holdings, buying more bonds and stocks

Rev Asia (formerly Catcha Media) reprimanded

Energy

Tenaga Nasional still conducting due diligence on stake in 1MDB’s Jimah East plant

TNB investing more in alternative sources of energy

Insurance

MPHB Cap divests 49% stake in Multi-Purpose Insurans

Management

60% of CEOs helming government agencies clueless about own specific roles

Media

Rev Asia cutting some print and digital publications

BFM radio presenters hauled up for questioning

Oil and gas

Tycoon may find it difficult to find buyer for 34.9% stake in Bumi Armada

Real estate

Challenge for REIT players to acquire yield-accretive assets

6% GST unlikely to have any material impact on M-REITs

Tax

Users of Penang and Johor bridges exempted from GST

Tort

Pahang MB sues Utusan Melayu for November article

ASIA

Islamic finance

Indonesia plans fivefold increase in sales of project Sukuk

Real estate

Maldives seeing surge of interest from wealthy real-estate entrepreneurs, HNWIs

Retail

Sweden’s IKEA could fill niche in South Korea

AUSTRALIA

Competition

ACCC challenges decision to dismiss  lawsuit against Air NZ and Garuda Indonesia

Gaming

Proposed A$8 billion Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort clears first legislative hurdle

Intellectual property

Potential impact of Dallas Buyers Club case on future of copyright infringement

CANADA

Employment

Employers should be extra vigilant when dismissing staff members

Technology

BlackBerry unveils new phone

EUROPE

Competition

Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, P&G and Gillette among 13 companies fined by French regulator

Employment

EU Court of Justice extends discrimination laws to obesity

Insurance

Allianz sells Fireman's Fund personal insurance business to ACE

Mergers and acquisitions

Deutsche Bank mulls strategic changes, including sale of Postbank unit

Telecommunications

Nokia Networks, Alcatel-Lucent revive talks on possible merger

GLOBAL

Antitrust

Trends and developments in cartel enforcement

Financial markets

‘Green’ bonds reflect complexities of using finance to address issues like climate change

SINGAPORE

Intellectual property

IPOS, NEC Asia Pacific launch one-stop e-portal

Property

Market will continue to contend with headwinds

Blackstone prepared to wait five years for turnaround in residential prices

UK

Family law

Ex-wife of British hedge fund manager won’t appeal divorce settlement

Privatisation

Taxpayers missed out on potential £180 million from sale of Royal Mail

US

Consumer products

Unilever withdraws lawsuit against vegan start-up Hampton Creek

Employment

Nordstrom worker sacked for Facebook post about police officers

Real estate

Playa Vista office complex vacant since completion finally roaring to life

Thursday
Dec182014

18 December 2014, Thursday

Airlines

Malindo Air targeting 100-aircraft fleet in next decade

Autos

Perodua sales could exceed 195,000 units

Capital markets

Genting Malaysia down 4% after failing to secure casino licence in upstate New York

TH Heavy Engineering reprimanded

Constitutional law

Decision not to enforce mandamus order on IGP in child custody tussle raises concern

Economy

Growth next year likely at lower end of 5%-6% forecast

Economic growth could decelerate to 4.7% in 2015

Franchising

Another 100 Teh Tarik Place restaurants opening from 2015 to 2023

Islamic capital market

Registered Shariah advisers as at 30 November 2014

Amundi CIO thinks Sukuk yields could test 4% next year

Land

1MDB getting Tadmax Resources’ land in Selangor at 7% discount

Legal profession

English proficiency among fresh law graduates on the decline

Former IO in sodomy case can be called to the Bar

Plantations

Sarawak Oil Palms aborts deal to acquire 60% stake in DD Pelita and Mutiara Pelita

Retail

Local sector expected to register steady sales growth in Q4 2014 and Q1 2015

Tort

HC decision on Felda’s suit against Anak president on 29 December

ASIA

Shipping

Mitsui partnering with Singapore’s PSA on Jakarta port

Technology

China’s Baidu latest big-name investor in Uber

AUSTRALIA

Competition

Boral-CSR’s brick-making JV gets go-ahead

Telecommunications

Telstra in talks with owners of Pacnet to acquire company

EUROPE

Competition

European Commission approves sale of Lufthansa’s IT infrastructure unit to IBM

Healthcare

Philips’ Volcano buy marks largest healthcare acquisition in seven years

Mergers and acquisitions

Merger of Britain’s TUI Travel and Germany’s TUI completed

SINGAPORE

Arbitration

Court of Appeal reverses High Court’s decision to set aside arbitral award

Property

Quarter of Goodland’s revenues from property development outside of Singapore by 2016

Oxley named preferred bidder for key site next to proposed new HQ of Central Bank of Ireland

UK

Banks

British government cutting stake in Lloyds

Media

Emergence of BT as ambitious new competitor threatens to bring Sky’s rule to an end

Property

Drop in Russian buyers hitting London luxury-property market

Telecommunications

BT preparing giant financing package to help fund planned takeover of EE

Vodafone, O2, Three and EE investing £5 billion to improve call signal by 2017

US

Gaming

New York chooses sites for gambling resorts; Caesars and Malaysia’s Genting out of contention

Proposals for NY casino

Graft

French engineering giant Alstom nearing US$700 million agreement with DoJ

Cosmetics seller Avon settles China probe for US$135 million

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