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Tuesday
Mar182014

18 March 2014, Tuesday

Aviation

More uncertainty as authorities backtrack on when ACARS disabled

MH370’s flight path was reprogrammed

Runways of five airports loaded into pilot’s home-made flight simulator

‘Technically possible but almost unimaginable’ plane landed somewhere

Missing MH370 has left indelible mark on MAS’s stellar record

New information raises new questions

Capital markets

Bernas will be relisted after delisting process

Earnings

Berjaya Sports Toto’s Q3 profit down 15%

Insurance

LPI Capital subsidiary Lonpac among local reinsurers of missing MH370

Pacific & Orient open to diversification of assets, but not planning M&A

Islamic finance

Bankers fear capital flight to conventional banking

A real need for consolidating resources to develop talent

Legal profession

Bar Council passes resolution to prohibit retired judges from appearing in court

Legislation

New Bill addressing bogus honorary titles will be tabled in June

Media

TM targeting to bring HyppTV to more commercial premises

Oil and gas

Petronas-Shell Malaysia-ConocoPhillips consortium strikes oil in Sabah

M&A activity may heat up over next 12 months

Property

Perfect Eagle Development proposes to buy 279 acres of Kelab Rahman Putra land

Glomac acquires 62.5 acres in Kuala Selangor for RM23 million

ASIA

Capital markets

Implications of Alibaba’s decision for Hong Kong’s competitiveness as IPO destination

Gaming

Green light for Caesars Entertainment-Lippo JV in South Korea

Real estate

Investment in Asia-Pacific may slow to 7%-8% this year

AUSTRALIA

Franchising

Claims of misleading or unconscionable conduct must be proved to standard required

Mergers and acquisitions

Macquarie selling private equity funds management division to unit managers

Real estate

Asian builders driving increase in conversion of offices to residential buildings

SINGAPORE

Investment

Temasek more active compared with other state-owned investors

Real estate

Gains in new home sales don’t signal end of downtrend

Rising investor interest in medical suites

UK

Dispute resolution

Distinction between claims for loss of profits and claims for damages for non-acceptance of goods

Property

Asking prices for London homes surge to a record

US

Real estate

Chicago acquisition shows Chinese investors moving beyond ‘global gateway’ cities

Technology

Silicon Valley takes its disruptive ways into outer space

2014 a make-or-break year for Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer

Microsoft may unveil Office software suite for iPad next week

Monday
Mar172014

17 March 2014, Monday

Aviation

Missing MH370 used ‘terrain masking’ to avoid radar detection

Last words from cockpit uttered after data link disabled

Malaysia broadens appeal for international help

Finding the plane now a far more daunting task

Chronology of developments

klia2 to open as scheduled in May

Data protection

LHAG partner to discuss PDPA compliance issues in international webinar tomorrow

Energy

Planned 50MW solar farm secures tariff rate

Franchising

Asia Caffe Bene looking to take brand to Singapore and Brunei

Healthcare

Rising demand for services will be met by IHH’s expansion plans

Islamic finance

AmIslamic Bank expanding non-retail segment

Oil and gas

Deleum bidding for RM700 million worth of projects from 16 O&G operators

Property

BCB launching high-end Park View Residence@Medini in Q3

FCW Holdings wants to increase landbank, not planning to merge with Goh Ban Huat

1Razak Mansion ready in three years

Telecommunications

OCK eyeing more jobs from local telcos, RM20 million contract in Cambodia

ASIA

Capital markets

China’s Alibaba planning US IPO in Q3

Battling rivals on multiple fronts

Corporate

Japan’s Nikon latest MNC to be targeted by Chinese state media

Economy

Myanmar drawing interest as it reforms

AUSTRALIA

Airlines

Life getting tougher by the day for Qantas

Employment

Employers should always engage in consultation before carrying out redundancies

Real estate

Laws governing foreign investment being reviewed

SINGAPORE

Banks

DBS to buy SocGen’s Asian private bank; deal would help DBS boost private banking assets

Legislation

Junior executives entitled to greater cover under amended Employment Act

UK

Contract

Written communications relating to negotiations, contractual terms should be consistently described as ‘subject to contract’

Retail

Jimmy Choo considering going public

Tax

Intermediary liable to pay value added tax on gross sum paid by customer

Supreme Court judgment

US

Insurance

Mystery billionaire takes out US$201 million life policy

Technology

Beijing-based Weibo aiming for US$500 million IPO

Friday
Mar142014

14 March 2014, Friday

Airlines

Search for MH370 enters seventh day, expands to Indian Ocean

Data reporting system, transponder shut down separately

MH370, MH371 flight codes retired from MAS’ KL-Beijing route

Autos

BMW Malaysia confident new MINI Cooper, MINI Cooper S will strengthen its position

Proton hybrid model by year-end

Construction

Matrade eyeing RM400 million worth of projects in Myanmar for Malaysian companies

Earnings

Bank Rakyat targeting loan growth of 5%-7%

Energy

Sarawak Energy signs RE agreement with Olive Energy

Insurance

AIA’s acquisition of ING’s Malaysian business bears fruit

Islamic finance

‘AA3/stable’ rating for IJM’s proposed Sukuk; earnings visibility remains encouraging

Judiciary

Lawyers to debate whether ex-judges should be prohibited from litigating cases

Chief Justice maintains judiciary free of political influence or pressure

Plantations

Felda Global Ventures mulls ways to unlock value of logistics arm

FGV optimistic about prospects of higher demand for biodiesel

Property

Foundation works for 118-storey Warisan Merdeka kick off next week

I-Bhd expects fiscal 2014 to be a record-breaking year

Tax

Retailers should start preparing for GST

Water services

Federal government has not invoked s 114 Water Services Industry Act 2006

Water emergency may be declared in three weeks

EUROPE

Biotechnology

Circassia’s successful debut could help unlock listings in other countries

Islamic finance

Luxembourg’s Council of State scrutinises Sukuk plan

Retail

Flood of IPOs driven by consumer confidence, changes wrought by advent of e-commerce

GLOBAL

Tax

Governments must move quickly to close multi-billion dollar loopholes

Technology

Bitcoin’s best days may still be ahead

SINGAPORE

Mergers and acquisitions

Temasek unit Breedens Investments seeks to increase shareholding in Olam

Technology

Central bank to regulate bitcoin agents

UK

Banks

Barclays axing thousands of jobs in radical overhaul of controversial investment banking division

Property

London’s skyline to become a lot more crowded

US

Capital markets

General Electric takes first step in long-awaited plan to exit retail finance

Mergers and acquisitions

Europe’s Charterhouse Capital Partners nears deal to acquire Skillsoft

Wealth

Number of millionaire households in US reaches all-time high

Thursday
Mar132014

13 March 2014, Thursday

Airlines

Chinese satellite finds floating objects at sea along missing jetliner’s intended route

Search aircraft sent to check possible crash site

Traditional ‘black box’ unlikely to be replaced soon

Capital markets

Century Logistics rises on news of Felda talks to acquire significant stake

Insurance

High growth potential for non-life insurance

Insurance stocks down

Allianz Malaysia not lead insurer of missing MH370 aircraft

MAA awaits Australian approval of increased stake in Columbus Capital

Islamic finance

Securities Commission plans guidelines for ‘socially responsible’ Sukuk

SC 2013 Annual Report

Oil and gas

Sector could spend RM26 billion-RM30 billion in M&A and capital projects this year

Malaysia must quickly ramp up talent pool and technology

Handal Resources subsidiary secures UMW Petrodril contract

Property

Mah Sing acquires 34ha in Shah Alam for high-end project

Malaysia Pacific Corp settles AmanahRaya Development court judgment

Revenue

Inland Revenue Board aims to collect RM140 billion in taxes

Water services

Selangor reduces takeover offer; Syabas, Puncak Niaga and Splash may seek international arbitration

ASIA

Airlines

Cathay Pacific’s profit misses analysts' estimates

Insurance

Prudential strikes new 15-year deal with StanChart to expand existing partnership

Transportation

Thailand’s ambitious seven-year plan ruled unconstitutional

AUSTRALIA

Competition

Latest news and developments

Employment

Scaffolder terminated for failing to provide clear drug test by deadline

CANADA

Competition

Bureau probes allegations of anti-competitive agreement among construction firms

Employment

Terminating an employee via Skype

Intellectual property

Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle trademark unlikely to cause confusion

SINGAPORE

Negligence

Swiss bank drops lawsuit against legal firm Allen & Gledhill

Real estate

Frasers Centrepoint wins approval to list hospitality REIT

New integrated projects set to enhance luxury residential property landscape

Sport

SingTel secures broadcast rights to World Cup 2014

UK

Employment

Dismissal not always a fair sanction for gross misconduct

Insurance

Prudential eyes Africa for next leg of growth

US

Mergers and acquisitions

Singer sewing machine company exploring sale

Technology

‘Candy Crush’ creator expects to be worth up to US$7.6 billion when it goes public

Flappy Bird may fly again

Wednesday
Mar122014

12 March 2014, Wednesday

Airlines

Search for missing Malaysia Airlines jet expanded into Andaman Sea

Technical data sent back to airline before disappearance

Investigators lack powers of a formal air safety investigation

Track record of co-pilot brought into question

MAS investigates report

Lack of a clear message risks undermining Malaysia’s image internationally

Allow only one spokesperson

Capital markets

Malaysia ready to shift into next phase of growth trajectory

Securities Commission's statement

Healthcare

IHH Healthcare considering A$5 billion offer for Australia’s Healthscope

Insurance

Manulife wants to be among upper ‘middle five’ life insurers by 2016

Islamic finance

StanChart Saadiq bullish on growth from Islamic banking, SME segments

Mining

Lynas facing challenges of growing costs as its ramps up production in Kuantan

Oil and gas

Deleum proposes bonus issue, share split

Destini acquires Kejuruteraan Samudra Timur unit

Property

Malaysia a new investment destination for Chinese developers

Sedition

Senior lawyer fined RM4,000 for questioning removal of Perak MB

Telecommunications

Tajudin Ramli and brother fail to strike out civil suits filed by Celcom

Water services

Putrajaya invokes s 114 Water Services Industry Act 2006

Financial analysts caught off guard

Water ration exercise 'stupid and inconsiderate’

ASIA

Energy

On third anniversary of Fukushima disaster, Japan divided over return to nuclear power

Telecommunications

Indonesia’s XL Axiata obtains loan to finance acquisition of Axis Telekom

AUSTRALIA

Employment

Former majority owner and sole director fined A$28,000 for underpaying staff

Pharmaceuticals

Australia told to expand poppy growing industry beyond Tasmania

Property

United Overseas Australia taking up 80% stake in Myanmar company

Telecommunications

Telstra loses case against ACCC and rival ISPs

EUROPE

Insurance

Zurich Insurance trimming headcount

Telecommunications

Multiple factors fuelling consolidation drive

GLOBAL

Autos

Audi overtakes BMW in luxury sales

Technology

Inventor of World Wide Web sees need for online ‘Magna Carta’

SINGAPORE

Financial services

Shrinking brokerage industry set to get even smaller

Property

PropertyGuru may list in Singapore or Australia

US

Intellectual property

Imperial Tobacco unit sues Lorillard, Vapor among other e-cigarette manufacturers

Investment

Baron Capital now holds 2.5% in Man United

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