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Wednesday
Mar262014

26 March 2014, Wednesday

Airlines

Missing Malaysia Airlines jet remains an excruciating mystery

MAS’s business affected by MH370 incident

Airline may need another financial rescue

More expenses under Montreal Convention

Insurers to share cost of lost plane

Minister in charge bears brunt of anger over handling of MH370

Frustrating search and recovery operations hold many lessons for crisis management

Capital markets

Ranhill Energy and Resources headed for listing via RTO of Symphony House

Infrastructure

Feasibility of Idaman Saga’s proposal to take over PLUS Malaysia in question

Insurance

Malaysian Re’s IFS rating affirmed at ‘A’

Islamic finance

RHB hopes to double Shariah financing assets to 30% of total in 2017

Mergers and acquisitions

MSM wants to be among top three global players in sugar industry by 2020

Oil and gas

Petronas hopes to conclude Canadian LNG stake sale in a fortnight

Investments at Rapid projected to hit RM170 billion by 2020

Property

Paramount building Penang’s first university metropolis within five years

KSK Land plans mixed development on freehold plot in Jalan Conlay

Developers may see slowdown in earnings

Retail

Manager of Hektar REIT on lookout for neighbourhood malls outside main cities

AUSTRALIA

Airlines

‘Qantas needs to re-evaluate business’, says AirAsia boss

Insurance

ACCC approves IAG’s proposed acquisition of Wesfarmers’ underwriting business

SINGAPORE

Banks

EFG obtains wholesale banking licence

Gaming

Integrated resort in South Korea unlikely to divert much traffic from Singapore

UK

Banks

Spanish-owned Santander faces biggest UK fine for flawed investment advice

Insurance

RSA details plans for £773 million share issue

Property

Tiny two-storey house on the market for £77,000

US

Litigation

US law firm representing father of MH370 passenger requests MAS, Boeing data

Tax

Internal Revenue Service will treat Bitcoin as property for tax purposes

Technology

Microsoft’s new CEO expected to go on offensive with some bold strokes

Tuesday
Mar252014

25 March 2014, Tuesday

Airlines

Question of who bears full liability for Malaysia Airlines jet unresolved

Key questions unanswered

China demands satellite-data analysis; US flying in high-tech black box detector

Wave phenomenon used to analyse pings from MH370 to determine final destination

Malaysian Airline System yet to receive any monies from insurers for loss of aircraft

Acting minister of transport expresses frustration over criticism from other nations

Capital markets

Kian Joo chooses Aspire Insight’s offer over higher one from Japan’s Toyota Tsusho

Securities Commission Malaysia approves proposed listing of Boustead Plantations

Convenience store operator 7-Eleven Malaysia receives approval to list

Competition

MyCC discusses issues on land transport, financial and telecoms services

Infrastructure

Former Renong chairman puts in unsolicited bid to take over PLUS Malaysia

Management

Departure of Malakoff CEO raises questions; COO appointed acting CEO

Property

I&P benefits from larger portfolio

Takaful

MAA Takaful optimistic of achieving target

Manulife seeks entry into Takaful

Tax

Companies eligible for GST must register with Royal Customs Department by January 2015

Trade

Malaysia-Norway bilateral trade set to increase

ASIA

Financial markets

Asian Development Bank plan to standardise bond issuance may be game changer

Real estate

Developer wants to introduce China’s nouveaux riches to new level of turnkey sophistication

AUSTRALIA

Competition

AGL Energy challenges ACCC’s rejection of bid for Macquarie Generation

Employment

Former chairman claims unfairly dismissed, seeks damages for over A$1 million

SINGAPORE

Banks

OCBC would rather expand in Greater China than another Asean market

Investment

Dymon Asia Private Equity pumps S$15 million into HSL Constructor

Legal profession

Mandatory reporting of pro bono hours recommended

UK

Energy

Siemens investing £160 million in wind turbine production plant

Insurance

£1 million bonus for Aviva CEO

Mergers and acquisitions

May deadline for Dixons, Carphone to confirm deal

Property

Tenant did not have to give over year's notice before leaving premises after breakdown in talks on new lease

US

Entertainment

Walt Disney buys YouTube network for US$500 million

Technology

Real test for ‘Candy Crush’ maker will be stock’s staying power

Google collaborating with Ray-Ban and Oakley on Glass designs

Monday
Mar242014

24 March 2014, Monday

Airlines

Satellite images bolster hopes for breakthrough in disappearance of MH370

New details give more insight, but don’t explain why plane went missing or where it could be

Malaysia ‘bungled’ crucial early days of search

Malaysia Airlines handed £67 million by insurers over loss of missing Boeing 777

AirAsia X CEO believes long-haul, low-cost segment financially sustainable

Capital markets

SP Setia rises following report of tycoon’s unsolicited proposal

Key West to seek shareholder approval for injection of edible oil business in RTO exercise

Questions swirl around little-known businessman’s plans for Masterskill Education

Food and beverage

Owners of Coliseum Café & Grill Room looking to take brand to Penang, Malacca and Johor

Islamic finance

No guarantee for deposits going into investment account under Islamic Financial Services Act 2013

Manufacturing

Glove maker Kossan Rubber Industries could make second foray into Vietnam this year

Oil and gas

Industry expected to contribute significantly to Malaysia’s economic growth

South Sudan one of Petronas’ most prized international assets

Four-day Offshore Technology Conference kicks off tomorrow

Property

Surge in illegal real estate agents raising concerns

Majority of private residences at Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur taken up by Malaysians

Rahsia Estates developing Langkawi’s first Green Building Index-certified resort

AFRICA

Islamic finance

Morocco’s BMCE and BCP preparing to launch Islamic subsidiaries

Telecommunications

Egypt’s long-awaited unified telecom licence will be activated before end-June

ASIA

Airlines

AirAsia India takes delivery of first aircraft

Capital markets

China going from being world’s manufacturer to world’s banker

Islamic finance

Indonesia plans new project-based Sukuk

AUSTRALIA

Banks

Macquarie expects 45% rise in full-year earnings

Tobacco

Deliveries up even after introduction of plain packaging

SINGAPORE

Airlines

Tiger Airways orders 37 Airbus planes

Investment

Temasek’s acquisition of 25% stake in AS Watson will help it extend reach in China

Temasek sets up Emergency Preparedness fund

UK

Capital markets

Li Ka-shing-Temasek deal scuppers immediate hopes of London float for Superdrug

Competition

Competition Commission’s final decision on Eurotunnel’s operation of ferries in May

Employment

Teacher who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome unfairly dismissed

Energy

Revolutionary carbon-free tech could reduce household bills by 20%

Utilities

Thames Water seeks backers to fund construction of controversial £4 billion super-sewer

US

Capital markets

‘Candy Crush’ maker one of 14 companies set to go public this week

Earnings

Swatch settlement takes diamond-sized chunk out of Tiffany’s Q4 results

Thursday
Mar202014

21 March 2014, Friday

Administrative law

Puncak Niaga seeks judicial review of LUAS decision not to renew abstraction licences

Autos

Honda City hybrid making its way to Malaysia

Aviation

Australian planes scouring southern Indian Ocean

Daunting task to find and recover ‘black boxes’

Don’t expect immediate answers

Little comfort for grieving relatives

Earnings

JCorp’s pre-tax profit exceeds RM1 billion mark for first time

Top Glove’s Q2 profit down 17%

Energy

Tenaga Nasional in talks with company to build country’s largest solar plant project

Islamic finance

Singapore-listed Bumitama Agri secures RM500 million five-year Sukuk

i-VCAP Management raises RM20 million for second Islamic ETF

Focus is on investors with medium-to long-term investment horizon

Leisure

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DA Land, Sanderson team up on one million sq ft theme park

Oil and gas

13 banks funding SapuraKencana Petroleum’s recent acquisitions

Property

SP Setia lowers sales target to RM5 billion

Property bubble unlikely in Kedah

Tort

Mtoday News and reporter apologise to Raub Australian Gold Mining

Water services

Section 114 Water Services Industry Act 2006 could be invoked in two weeks

ASIA

Insurance

Japan-based Mitsui Sumitomo's ratings affirmed at ‘A+’

Islamic finance

Hong Kong lawmakers support Sukuk Bill

EUROPE

Capital markets

Health companies lining up to sell shares in IPOs

Boom in companies going public

Insurance

Munich Re does not expect major hit from damage claims linked to MH370

Mergers and acquisitions

Nestlé, Fresenius eyeing medical nutrition unit of France’s Danone

SINGAPORE

Airlines

Jetstar suspending thrice-weekly Singapore-Auckland flights from July

Investment

Temasek in advanced talks to buy a stake in Li Ka-shing’s AS Watson

Real estate

Las Vegas Sands requests more land to add rooms at Marina Bay Sands

CapitaLand’s Ascott REIT acquires rental housing property in Japan

UK

Construction

When an injunction may be granted to prevent an adjudication

Insurance

Chancellor’s Budget transforms landscape

Manufacturing

Hitachi moves global rail HQ from Tokyo to London

US

Arbitration

Goldman Sachs wins pay dispute with ex-employee

Intellectual property

Advice on infringement risks, protection mechanisms and branding opportunities associated with new gTLDs

Thursday
Mar202014

20 March 2014, Thursday

Aviation

Objects ‘possibly’ related to missing MH370 spotted in Indian Ocean

Federal Bureau of Investigation joins inquiry

Hunt for Flight 370 would drive interest in new solutions

Plane’s disappearance prompts calls for streaming of black box data to virtual ‘cloud’

Banks

Base rate replacing base lending rate wef 2 January 2015

Capital markets

Major shareholder of Masterskill Education could reap RM134 million from stake sale

Earnings

Bank Negara Malaysia’s profit declines

Annual report

Economy

Growth projected at between 4.5% and 5.5% in 2014

Financial services

50 sen cheque processing fee will now be effective from 2 January 2015

Islamic finance

Two years for Shariah-compliant banks to reclassify Islamic deposits

Malaysia’s Sukuk market still largest in the world

IASB to consult banks on bridging differences in accounting practices

Legal profession

Expulsion of former lawyer upheld

Plantations

Arson suspected in blaze at Sime Darby plantation in Liberia

Property

Tropicana expects to gain RM170 million from land sale to Eco World Development

Demand for residential property may rise in H2

Takaful

Industry in a strong position to record double-digit growth

Telecommunications

Axiata completes acquisition of Axis Telekom Indonesia

ASIA

Gaming

South Korea unlikely to rival Macau, Vegas or Singapore as casino hotspot

Graft

Japan’s Marubeni bribed Indonesian officials to win US$118 million power project

Property

Anonymous buyer picks up new villa in Bali for US$500,000 in bitcoins

AUSTRALIA

Competition

Pfizer Australia case highlights tension between patent and competition law regimes

Foreign exchange

Securities regulator to look into nation’s forex market

EUROPE

Autos

Merger between Scania and VW-controlled MAN could be a boon for Volvo

Commodities

Mercuria Energy pays £2 billion for JPMorgan division

UK

Foreign exchange

April 2012 chatroom transcript could become central piece of evidence in forex probe

Human rights

Families of Malaysians killed in Batang Kali massacre taking complaint to Supreme Court

US

Autos

BMW considers raising production capacity at US plant and releasing 12 new models

Earnings

Losses at printing technology company Kodak far smaller than in previous year

Intellectual property

Former Microsoft employee stole software maker’s trade secrets and leaked them to blogger

Protecting your trademark against threat of genericide

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