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Friday
Jun122015

12 June 2015, Friday

Airlines

New Malaysia Airlines Bhd may consist of some old faces

Malaysia Airlines-AirAsia merger ‘unhealthy’

AirAsia X will consider scrapped Malaysia Airlines routes only if commercially viable

Capital markets

New crowdfunding platforms to start operations by end-2015

Odyssey Reinsurance now a substantial shareholder in Mudajaya

Energy

Genting’s power assets have not built up enough capacity yet

Investment

Ready physical infrastructure renders Iskandar Malaysia ideal for investors

Islamic finance

Bank Islam opening eight more branches by year-end

DanaInfra may not use government guarantee for latest RM40 billion Sukuk 

Oil and gas

Barakah Offshore Petroleum expanding services in partnership with Norwegian expert

Sumatec Resources expects steady revenue stream in H2

Plantations

Felda Global Ventures plans to buy a third of Indonesia’s Eagle High in RM1 billion deal

Property

Sunsuria targeting sales of RM900 million for FY16

Sunway partnering with Japan’s Daiwa on pre-fabricated landed homes in Johor

GuocoLand’s Damansara City operational by Q2 2016

Telecommunications

Q1 report card: DiGi only player to register growth in postpaid revenue and subscriber base

Competition among Big Three has intensified since April

ASIA

Financial services

Foreign banks closely watching experiences of first nine allowed into Myanmar

Insurance

AIG sells part of Taiwan business to Nan Shan Life

Real estate

SC Capital Partners seeking to raise U$400 million for new Asia-focused fund

AUSTRALIA

Competition

Watchdog has reservations about TPG Telecom’s proposed takeover of rival iiNet

Media

CEO of 21st Century Fox handing over reins to son

EUROPE

Antitrust

EU investigating Amazon’s dominance in ebook sales

Stronger concessions required if GE to win approval for purchase of Alstom unit

Autos

Volkswagen group sales chief could lose his job

Intellectual property

Nestlé faces setback in attempt to trademark shape of four-finger KitKat bar

SINGAPORE

Real estate

Hong Kong-listed subsidiary of Raffles Education acquires 14.9% stake in Axiom Properties

Technology

Twitter launches Asia Pacific HQ, looking to hire another 100 staff

UK

Competition

Ryanair told to cut 30% stake in Aer Lingus

Property

Fifth year of growth for Cadogan Estate

US

Retail

First Lady’s sometime clothing retailer J Crew struggling in ways it never did as a public company

Technology

Twitter CEO stepping down, replaced by co-founder in interim

Decision to end 140-character limit on direct messages an insignificant change

Thursday
Jun112015

11 June 2015, Thursday

Capital markets

Representative’s licences of two individuals revoked

Earnings

Poh Kong’s Q3 profit up 92%

Education

Local varsities again not in Times Higher Education’s 2015 ranking of Asian universities

Gaming

Genting Malaysia reviewing investment opportunities

Resorts World Birmingham opening its doors in H2

Investment

Deloitte cannot verify now if 1MDB’s investments in cash, units or assets

Employees Provident Fund main creditor for government-owned Pembinaan PFI

Oil and gas

Industry players should be more innovative in technology

Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association wants gas price revision deferred

Property

Land & General to acquire Pembinaan Jaya Megah for RM90 million cash

ASIA

Insurance

Tokio Marine to buy HCC for US$7.5 billion

HCC ratings on Rating Watch Negative

Dai-ichi Life not bidding for stake in Bank Rakyat Indonesia unit

China’s Anbang gets South Korea nod to acquire majority stake in Tong Yang

Islamic finance

Indonesia charts extensive agenda to encourage a market that lags behind peers

Mergers and acquisitions

Samsung C&T lines up ally to fend off challenge from US activist fund

EUROPE

Autos

New BMW 7-series lighter than predecessor, more fuel efficient

Bells and whistles may not do enough to topple Mercedes S-Class in luxury-sedan segment

Sport

Bidding process for 2026 World Cup postponed

SINGAPORE

Banks

Singapore one of HSBC’s priority markets in pivot to Asia

Healthcare

Quadria Capital raises US$304 million for investments in Asia

UK

Financial markets

Britain recommends tougher measures to end market abuses, longer prison sentences for offenders

Manufacturing

Rolls-Royce and Germany’s Liebherr Aerospace to develop ultrafan engine

Postal services

British government to own just 15% of Royal Mail

US

Antitrust

Music streaming industry investigated for anti-competitive behaviour

Intellectual property

Facebook files objection to Designbook

Mergers and acquisitions

Record pace increases risk of some companies overloading on debt, deals souring

Real estate

Global Logistic in early talks with Industrial Income Trust to acquire more than 200 warehouses

Wednesday
Jun102015

10 June 2015, Wednesday

Aviation

Malaysia Airlines emerging from ‘paralysis’ caused by twin disasters

Details on rebranding in September

No termination package for staff guilty of disciplinary offence

MH370 likely nosedived into ocean, explaining lack of debris or oil spillage

Education

UM only Malaysian university in top 30 of QS University Rankings: Asia 2015

Energy

1MDB likely to abort plans for US$3 billion IPO of Edra Global Energy

Cahya Mata Sarawak, Naim vying for combined cycle gas turbine project in Sarawak

PUC Founder looking to acquire engineering, procurement and construction companies

Insurance

Liberty Insurance upbeat on growth, particularly from auto segment

Intellectual property

MyIPO aiming for 7,400 to 7,800 IP applications

Islamic finance

Two-day AIBIM seminar next week on Islamic Financial Services Act 2013

Oil and gas

Tanjung Offshore bags Petronas Carigali contract

Contract delays, lower margins will continue to hurt companies in Q2

Gas prices supplied to commercial and industrial sectors to rise 10% from July

Property

Banks stricter about lending in Iskandar region

Magna Prima faces RM25 million suit over defects, poor workmanship at The Avare

Malton launching The Park Sky Residence soon; prices from RM775 psf

Public park at Battersea Power Station project in London to open in phases from 2017

Sport

Pandelela Rinong sets her sights on bigger things after latest win at SEA Games

ASIA

Banks

Germany fourth-biggest shareholder in new AIIB, after China, India and Russia

Gaming

Asia-Pacific could see 17 casino projects coming online by 2020

Retail

KKR, Carlyle among six invited to bid for Tesco’s South Korean unit Homeplus

Thailand’s Central acquiring majority stake in three luxury department stores in Germany

EUROPE

Banks

Europe’s institutions still struggling to bolster capital amid anaemic economy

Deutsche Bank searched as part of tax-evasion probe

Mergers and acquisitions

Hedge fund managers scaling up bets in Europe

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Singapore Exchange may create global market in spot LNG trading

Education

NUS maintains top spot in ranking of Asia’s top varsities

Insurance

China Life opens first office outside China and Hong Kong

Wealth management

DBS mulls tie-ups with companies in tech space, travel companies and luxury retailers

UK

Banks

HSBC’s trademark red-and-white hexagonal logo set to disappear from high streets

Reasons in favour of Hong Kong move are piling up

Decision where to base HQ boils down solely to appetite for political risk

Competition

Regulator agrees to ‘fast-track’ in-depth investigation into BT-EE deal

US

Mergers and acquisitions

Campbell Soup to acquire salsa maker Garden Fresh Gourmet for US$231 million

Technology

Hewlett-Packard settles lawsuit over ill-fated purchase of Autonomy for US$100 million

Tuesday
Jun092015

9 June 2015, Tuesday

Airlines

Malaysia Airlines CEO not particularly fond of ‘Terminator’ nickname

Biofuel

Malaysia to raise biodiesel mandate from 7% to 10% by October

BMW’s tests reveal B10 causes engine damage

Capital markets

Swiftlet Eco Park looking to raise US$30 million via Nasdaq IPO

Financial services

Malaysia Building Society targeting 8% overall loan growth, despite weak consumer sentiment

Investment

1MDB repays US$975 million loan

Legislation

Amendments to Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, Communications and Multimedia Commission Act 1998 in October

Oil and gas

Bumi Armada seeking to recover doubtful debts

Plantations

Felda Global Ventures acquires four plantation-based firms and oil palm land in Sabah

Property

Emas Kiara Industries' move into property development a strategic one

Properties in Iskandar Malaysia likely to see less interest from Singaporeans

Strong demand in Johor for landed homes from RM300,000 to RM600,000

Telecommunications

Sedania Innovator plans to raise RM19.5 million from proposed listing on ACE Market

ASIA

Health

Scare over Maggi instant noodles highlights shortcomings in India’s food safety network

Highest profile case for seven-year-old national food regulator

Retail

Uniqlo parent tapping some of SE Asia’s most iconic brands to boost appeal

Technology

Hedge-fund owner’s moves may make it harder for Lees to reshape Samsung conglomerate

AUSTRALIA

Airlines

Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines’ fuel surcharges harder to justify by the day

Real estate

New stronger punishments for foreign investors who buy property illegally reaping results

Government also seeking to toughen penalties for third parties

EUROPE

Mergers and acquisitions

Syngenta rejects second takeover proposal from Monsanto

Monsanto wants to switch HQ to UK

Pharmaceuticals

Shares in Actelion rise to record high on news of possible Shire takeover

European pharma deal-making flurry far from over

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Veteran banker takes over as CEO of Singapore Exchange next month

Real estate

PropertyGuru raises S$175 million; investors include TPG, Emtek and Square Peg Capital

UK

Company law

No ground on which registrar could remove limited partnership from records held by Companies House

Competition

Eurotunnel sells Calais-to-Dover ferry business to Danish rival following ruling

US

Antitrust

Reynolds American clears final hurdle for US$27 billion purchase of Lorillard

Autos

Being small is the reason Subaru has become such a big deal

Consumer goods

Procter & Gamble one step closer to shedding non-core assets

Technology

Apple’s push into streaming business will likely alter dynamics of how consumers listen to music

Apple assembling high-speed network, upgrading how it builds data centres

Monday
Jun082015

8 June 2015, Monday

Airlines

Turnaround plan for Malaysia Airlines designed to attract investors once business starts improving

Downsizing on this scale doesn’t usually work

Banks

Challenging quarters ahead

Energy

Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power and Philippines’ San Miguel eyeing 1MDB’s energy assets

Insurance

Tune Ins seeking new partnerships to build travel portfolio

Largest shareholder working with Credit Suisse on potential sale of stake

Investment

1MDB board of directors to step down in July; removal a prelude to wind down fund

How 1MDB funds were used to take over UBG

Islamic finance

Agrobank aiming to be full-fledged Islamic bank by end-2015

Media

Cash-strapped Asian Broadcasting Network looking for investors

Oil and gas

Tanjung Offshore to review six deals

Scomi Energy rolling out new product in FY16

Property

Iskandar Waterfront City undertaking RM65 million project to revive Taman Bayu Tebrau

Suria Capital’s property development business may overtake port business

Technology

Bursa Malaysia ‘not ready’ for tech-based companies like Fatfish

Telecommunications

Celcom seen to regain momentum in H2

MyRepublic waiting for right regulatory environment to enter Malaysia

ASIA

Autos

Hyundai may develop larger SUVs

Insurance

BNP Paribas Cardif, Tokio Marine invited to bid for 40% stake in Bank Rakyat Indonesia unit

Tokio Marine scouring markets for acquisition prospects

AUSTRALIA

Airlines

Qantas not abandoning investment in Jetstar’s Asian arms despite disappointing returns

Employment

Former Isuzu manager wins unfair dismissal claim and payout, but not his job back

EUROPE

Autos

Ferrari IPO only after 12 October due to tax issues

Banks

Co-CEOs of Deutsche Bank resign, replaced by former CFO of UBS

Just days for new CEO to put his ideas into practice

SINGAPORE

Telecommunications

Shares of Singtel, StarHub and M1 down amid concerns over possible challenge from MyRepublic

Transport

Singapore strides into new digitised era

UK

Banks

HSBC chief set to launch second big effort at root-and-branch reform in just four years

Legal services

Gateley makes legal business history

Mergers and acquisitions

Shire weighing £12 billion takeover of Swiss rival

US

Bankruptcy

Defunct law firm has no right to profits from unfinished legal work partners brought to new firms

Investment

Temasek investing up to US$500 million in chemicals distributor Univar

Mergers and acquisitions

Monsanto offers US$2 billion break-up fee should US$45 billion takeover bid for Syngenta fail

Technology

Retailers remain sceptical about Apple Pay

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