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Wednesday
Oct292014

29 October 2014, Wednesday

Aviation

PM vows justice in downing of MH17, expects results in search for MH370

US laws on passing on intel complicating process

Capital markets

Malaysia and UAE sign MoU

Commodities

B7 biodiesel blend from November

Contract

Fine TV’s lawsuit against TM dismissed

Employment

Dismissal of Bank Bumiputra Commerce employees for participating in unlawful picket was fair

Insurance

MTD Construction loses appeal; AXA Affin’s liability limited only to losses after 11 May 2001

Industry must gain greater significance in Malaysian financial landscape

Islamic finance

Sukuk market potential source of funding for long-term projects

Governor’s speech

PM supports creation of large stand-alone Islamic bank

Oil and gas

Sona Petroleum borrowing US$140 million for stake in Salamander Energy

Tort

Court finds in favour of Utusan Melayu

Transport

KL-Singapore HSR link may miss 2020 deadline

ASIA

Autos

Honda cuts sales forecasts for Japan and China

Wealth

Alibaba founder tops Forbes’ China Rich List for first time

China Rich List

AUSTRALIA

Employment

Injunction issued against former manager who launched business competing against old employer

Employer loses unfair dismissal case

Healthcare

Healthscope beats out Ramsay Health Care as preferred bidder for Sydney hospital

CANADA

Competition

Burger King-Tim Hortons merger not a done deal yet

Real estate

Toronto’s venerable Fairmont Royal York Hotel getting new owners and facelift

EUROPE

Airlines

Ryanair faces penalty for breaching French labour laws

Competition

US closes probe into oil majors BP and Statoil, EU investigation continues

Mergers and acquisitions

Shareholders approve German and British travel groups’ plans to merge

Allen & Overy claims lion’s share of legal fees

SINGAPORE

Construction

Woh Hup-Obayashi Singapore JV to build Changi Airport’s Project Jewel, expand Terminal 1

Earnings

Great Eastern’s Q3 earnings tumble 31% y-o-y

Massage chair retail chain OSIM’s Q3 profits shrink by a third

Intellectual property

Fox Street Wear barred from registering trademark similar to that of Fox Racing

UK

Arbitration

‘Friendly discussion’ clause enforceable

Islamic finance

UK trying to build infrastructure in quest to become Western hub

Oil and gas

BP’s Q3 results take a hit

Pernis storage terminal in Rotterdam up for sale

Property

Battersea Power Station secures historic £1.4 billion funding package

Project manager expects ROI in five years

US

Mergers and acquisitions

Restaurant chain McDonald’s could be activist investors’ next super-sized target

Pharmaceuticals

Pfizer’s Q3 sales down 2%, but still top Wall Street expectations

Drugmaker needs to find an acquisition or consider breakup

Real estate

Sales at New York’s One57 may be coming back down to earth

Social media

Courts sceptical about propriety of using social media to effectuate legal service

Tuesday
Oct282014

28 October 2014, Tuesday

Aviation

Malaysia Airports Holdings may sell minority stake in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen

Selex EX, Thales and Indra Systemas potential bidders for new KLIA system

Capital markets

Canada’s Fairfax Financial and subsidiaries now substantial shareholders in Mudajaya

Naim Indah CEO disposes of entire stake

Companies

Feud between Protasco and substantial shareholder intensifies

Competition

Special court for cases under Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 may be set up

Earnings

Bank Rakyat eyes RM2 billion in pre-tax profit

Nestlé’s Q3 profit up nearly 10%

Energy

1MDB poised to be major player in Sabah

Fuel subsidies

Investors excited by impending rationalisation scheme

Individual’s income to determine entitlement

Concerns over potential abuse of proposed method, privacy issues

Healthcare

KPJ building 10 more hospitals nationwide

TMC Life Sciences to increase bed capacity at Tropicana Medical Centre

Islamic finance

Bank Islam parent still keen to expand in Indonesia

Oil and gas

Kulim teams up with Indonesian companies

Property

IOI Properties launching projects in Malaysia, Singapore and China in H2 FY15

Nexgram targeting 15% profit margin from property division

Sime Darby lobbying for MRT connectivity to City of Elmina development

Telecommunications

R&A Telecommunication confident of turnaround by 2016

Trade

Exporters should capitalise on potential in Africa, South America and Myanmar

AUSTRALIA

Employment

Kellogg’s under fire for sacking sales rep by email

Insurance

Rollback of subsidies casts cloud over long-term future of industry

EUROPE

Aviation

MH17 might have been shot down from the air, but ground-to-air missile attack more likely

Islamic finance

Luxembourg working on next Sukuk

GLOBAL

Autos

Toyota still world’s top-selling automaker over VW, General Motors

Gender equality

Parity in the workplace only in 81 years

WEF report

SINGAPORE

Data protection

Key principles of Personal Data Protection Act

Financial markets

Lion City looking to China further opening up to help reverse slump in SGX profit

UK

Financial markets

More changes needed to stop ‘anything goes’ attitude

Oil and gas

Salamander Energy in talks with Ophir and CEPSA consortium

US

Media

Amazon.com buying Rooftop Media

Real estate

Blackstone seeking US$13 billion for new fund

Technology

Twitter’s efforts to attract and retain users yet to yield significant benefits

Monday
Oct272014

27 October 2014, Monday

Banks

Abu Dhabi state fund demands hefty premium for minority stake in RHB

Capital markets

Lembaga Tabung Haji now substantial shareholder of Chemical Company of Malaysia

Competition

School bus operators drop plan to collectively increase fares

Infrastructure

Hock Seng Lee eyeing new jobs in Pan Borneo Highway project

Insurance

Central bank working with motor insurance players on feasible de-tariffing roadmap

Investment

1MDB’s rising debt raises concerns on financial sustainability

Manufacturing

Engtex confident of securing pipe contracts for Langat 2 project

Property

Residential housing market ‘severely unaffordable'

Retail

Parkson to become master lessee of Maju Junction Mall

Telecommunications

OCK gets nod for proposed transfer

Tort

RM100 million defamation suit to be heard over two days

Toys

Lego seeing hot interest from Malaysian market

Travel

Expedia expects transactions here to continue registering triple-digit growth

Utilities

Tenaga Nasional app tracks tenants’ usage and bills

ASIA

Banks

China’s smaller lenders falling out of investors’ favour

Intellectual property

Indonesia strengthens IP protection

Oil and gas

Asian refiners facing major drag on profits

AUSTRALIA

Competition

Gas companies, senior executives fined A$8 million

Mergers and acquisitions

Corporate leaders gearing up for takeovers

Blood products company CSL to buy Novartis’ global influenza vaccine business

Deal should be completed in H2 2015

SINGAPORE

Auditing

Troubled LionGold fails to get clean bill of health from auditors PwC

Healthcare

Raffles Medical banking on Raffles Holland Village, extension of hospital to underpin growth

UK

Islamic finance

Islamic Bank of Britain changing name to Al Rayan Bank

Litigation

Court’s jurisdiction to order pre-action disclosure not subject to ‘arguability threshold’

Real estate

Qatar Investment Authority may be next owner of HSBC tower in London

Knightsbridge top of African oligarchs’ shopping list, along with Mayfair and Belgravia

US

Autos

Ford’s Lincoln brand getting multiyear, multibillion-dollar overhaul

Consumer goods

Procter & Gamble exiting Duracell battery business

Financial services

NY rule prevents judgment creditor from freezing judgment debtor’s funds in non-US bank’s foreign branches

Pharmaceuticals

Likelihood of Pfizer resuming pursuit of AstraZeneca diminishes

Friday
Oct242014

24 October 2014, Friday

Aviation

Malaysia Airports gains full control of Istanbul’s second-biggest airport

Capital markets

Judiciary draws the line on Bursa Malaysia’s powers

Supermax another value proposition for investors

Trading in Perak Corp’s shares suspended

Competition

MyCC again warns bus operators on fixing fare structures together

Seminar on Competition Act and Competition Commission, 7 November

Construction

Local sector expected to record double-digit growth next year

Earnings

Public Bank’s favourable Q3 attributed to increase in operating revenue

Intellectual property

'IP Makes $ense' forum, 6 November

Oil and gas

Carimin targets listing on 10 November

Property

Hua Yang launching Lavender 2 next Friday

Comments from National House Buyers Association on Budget 2015

ASIA

Banks

Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skip launch of China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Australian government divided between major trading partner and main ally

Real estate

Turnaround in Vietnamese property market

AUSTRALIA

Airlines

Beleaguered Qantas returns to profitability

Employment

Adverse action claims becoming more commonplace

EUROPE

Economy

Hungary preparing world’s first tax on Internet usage

Islamic finance

Liechtenstein holding first conference on Tuesday

SINGAPORE

Airlines

Singapore Airlines signals resolve to persevere in low-cost segment

Alliances and small stakes best way forward for SIA

Banks

Lloyds makes Singapore its Asian hub

Graft

Inducement by third party not always necessary for corruption charge to be established

Real estate

CapitaLand can weather recent departures of senior executives

UK

Oil and gas

BP-GDF Suez Vorlich find reopens hopes for future of North Sea oil

Real estate

‘Sale and rent back’ firm not in a position to promise tenants entitled to remain in homes indefinitely

Retail

Tesco plunges into fresh turmoil; chairman to stand down

Tesco particularly susceptible to high operational leverage

Sport

Formula One boss trying to broker deal in Caterham F1 dispute

US

Investing

Asset managers under pressure to offer ETFs

Real estate

Home sales and prices beginning to deflate in Los Angeles

Technology

Amazon.com’s Q3 results miss forecasts

Microsoft doing great

Thursday
Oct232014

23 October 2014, Thursday

Aviation

Putrajaya urged to release full cargo manifest of MH370

Banks

Shares of CIMB, MBSB down

EPF barred from voting in proposed mega merger

CEO of Al Rajhi Malaysia quits after 2½ years

Insurance

GST on certain products could hamper central bank’s objective

Leisure

Wet World Wild closes just 10 months after launch

Oil and gas

FBM Hudson Italiana hopes to meet revenue target

M3nergy sets its sights on Vietnam, Indonesia and Gulf of Mexico for expansion

Property

Johoreans feeling squeezed and priced out of Johor Baru

Sport

Tony Fernandes faces legal action from new management of struggling Caterham F1 team

Tort

Novelist awarded RM50k in damages

Trade

Malaysia could lose big under Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Transport

Seven stops identified for KL-Singapore HSR project

ASIA

Capital markets

Landmark Hong Kong-Shanghai stock trading link may only go live late November

Insurance

Indonesia’s new law unlikely to dampen international interest

AUSTRALIA

Aviation

Malaysian minister believes missing MH370 will be found using ‘cutting-edge’ sonar technology

Indonesia on alert for wreckage

Employment

Employee sacked for using company laptop while on sick leave to fight unfair dismissal

Marketing

Adidas subsidiary Reebok fined A$350k for misleading customers about EasyTone range

EUROPE

Antitrust

JPMorgan, UBS and Credit Suisse fined €94 million

DuPont-Honeywell JV to produce car refrigerant in breach of EU antitrust rules

Mergers and acquisitions

PE firms circling German drugmaker Bayer’s plastics business

GLOBAL

Aviation

LCCs about to test growing market for rented planes

Insurance

Insurers face US$800 million bill to cover damage done by attacks on airplanes

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Low volatility, penny stock crash weigh on Singapore Exchange’s share trading volumes

Property

CapitaLand’s Ascott may buy up to A$500 million worth of properties in Australia

UK

Competition

HSBC, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland criticised over SME lending practices

Earnings

British American Tobacco revenue down on forex rates

Property

Drop in overall transaction value of luxury homes in prime central London locations

US

Real estate

Houston and Austin most attractive US markets for investors

Technology

Patent trolls in retreat from tech titans

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