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Friday
Nov212014

21 November 2014, Friday

Airlines

AirAsia ratchets up competition in low-cost air travel with ASEAN Pass

No upper management shake-up at AirAsia X

AirAsia X deferring delivery of new Airbus planes

Former flight attendant admitted to misconduct, says Malaysia Airlines

Wisma Putra must be proactive in securing release of ex-employee

Capital markets

OCK successfully transferred to main market of Bursa Malaysia Securities

Trading of Malayan United Industries shares suspended until 25 November

Earnings

Genting Plantations’ Q3 profit soars on higher contribution from Indonesia, property segment

RHBCap’s Q3 profit down 3%

Education

Ekuiti Nasional hopeful of listing Ilmu Group by end-2015 or early 2016

Employment

Sacked KTM workers will be reinstated

Oil and gas

SapuraKencana Petroleum strikes two big deals with Petronas

Property

Fantastic year for EcoWorld

Slowdown in Iskandar Malaysia may be temporary

Petaling Jaya District Land Office, Sime Darby to identify new site for PAWS

Telecommunications

Competition expected to intensify in mobile sector

ASIA

Islamic finance

Indonesia revises rules covering asset quality and capital adequacy

Plantations

Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to ‘manage’ rubber exports; no details on measures

Property

Blackstone acquiring GE Japan’s residential-property assets for more than ¥190 billion

AUSTRALIA

Intellectual property

Retailer forced to pull ad featuring likeness to Star Wars’ Darth Vader

Telecommunications

Vodafone may sell Australian operations and other non-core assets

GLOBAL

Islamic finance

Wider variety of instruments cropping up

Management

Too many companies underestimate activist investors

Mergers and acquisitions

Optimistic outlook for 2015

SINGAPORE

Arbitration

When failure to abide by agreed arbitral procedures might be grounds for setting aside award

Pharmaceuticals

Amgen opens first manufacturing site in Asia

Transport

Third-party taxi booking services regulated from Q2 2015

UK

Banks

RBS fined £56 million for IT failure in 2012

Retail

Falling sales for Tesco, Sainsbury, Morrison and Asda will change power balance with suppliers

US

Employment

Victim of pregnancy and gender discrimination awarded US$185 million

Gaming

Genting has to wait longer for decision on New York licences

Intellectual property

Wrigley seeking to block Italian confectioner from registering ‘WTF’ and ‘What the Fresh’

Oil and gas

Apache selling assets in southern Louisiana, Anadarko Basin in separate deals

Thursday
Nov202014

20 November 2014, Thursday

Airlines

AirAsia’s Q3 profit down 85%; long-haul affiliate reports wider net loss

AirAsia X freezing domestic capacity expansion, cutting flights to Australia

Banks

Higher contribution from associates and JVs, forex gains support AMMB’s Q2 profit growth

Biotechnology

BiotechCorp may raise investment target for 2016-20

Dispute resolution

Protasco’s shareholders must decide who they can trust next week

Earnings

Boustead Plantations registers stronger net profit

Kuala Lumpur Kepong’s Q4 profit slumps on declining palm oil prices

Star Publications’ Q3 earnings affected by dampening of overall adex

Investment

InvestKL may be able to achieve target earlier than 2020

Islamic finance

Halal industry’s expansion flowing through to debt markets

Postal services

Pos Malaysia hopeful postal services excluded from GST

Property

PAWS occupying land gazetted as highway reserve

Bina Puri’s Indonesian power assets could be listed next year

Gadang bidding for RM5 billion worth of contracts

Bukit Jalil City, Nova Pantai and Ukay Spring to keep Malton busy for next five years

Tax

Businesses should register for GST before annual turnover exceeds RM500k

Telecommunications

DiGi.Com intent on staying focused on mass market

ASIA

Economy

Predictions about China dominating Asia premature, if not improbable

Tax

Shell India wins multi-million dollar dispute

AUSTRALIA

Aviation

JACC explains challenges involved in search for missing MH370

Insurance

Deloitte helping National Australia Bank with potential sale of beleaguered unit

EUROPE

Franchising

Burger King Europe revokes licence of largest German franchisee

Real estate

Traditionalists alarmed by plans for 42-storey landmark in Paris

GLOBAL

Human rights

Transgender campaigners fear they still have a long way to end discrimination

Islamic finance

AAOIFI revising four standards; revised investment accounts standard out by end-2014

SINGAPORE

Corporate governance

Singapore ranked first in Asia Pacific and Asean regions

Oil and gas

Emerson invests US$21 million in new facilities to better serve Asian customers

UK

Contract

Redress possible on broken contractual promise — even where breach cannot be undone

Judgment

Media

Ofcom investigates how Premier League sells TV rights

US

Banks

Citigroup considering sale of index business

Consumer products

Lawsuit against Hampton Creek pulls Unilever into PR quagmire

Gaming

Caesars Entertainment may place largest operating division into REIT

Retail

New York’s Fifth Avenue regains title as world’s most expensive shopping street

Wednesday
Nov192014

19 November 2014, Wednesday

Administrative law

Jawi officers acted illegally in arresting activist

Airlines

Malaysian Airline System’s Q3 results delayed to next Friday

Jentayu Danaraksa claims it can revive MAS for less than RM6 billion

Autos

Largely American problem for Japan’s Takata taking on ever-wider proportions

VW looking to export Malaysian-assembled Jettas and Polo Sedans to Asia next year

Banks

CIMB’s Q3 profit down 16%; structure of merged entity by early 2015

Capital markets

DVM Technology to trade as Key Alliance Group from tomorrow

IOI, SapuraKencana could be dropped from SC list of Shariah-compliant securities

Earnings

Dialog benefits from better margins

Handal Resources back in the black

Baffling losses at MoF-owned, 1MDB-linked SRC International

Sunway’s Q3 profit improves

Islamic finance

KWAP undecided on 1MDB’s latest Sukuk

Strong demand seen for Malaysia Building Society’s Sukuk Murabahah

Islamic banks caught between a rock and a hard place

Labour

Unfair to force foreigners to bear full cost of medical treatment

Media

MYTV Broadcasting, TM sign RM1 billion agreement on DTT services

Real estate

Landowner loses home due to negligence of Gombak land office

MK Land’s 48-storey ‘Spire’ slated to be tallest building in Damansara

Temporary reprieve for PAWS after Selangor MB suspends eviction notice

Takaful

Great Eastern Takaful, Bank Muamalat team up

Tax

Special court proposed for GST cases

ASIA

Healthcare

Thailand top destination for medical tourism

Mergers and acquisitions

Samsung scraps merger of shipbuilding and engineering units

EUROPE

Management

Nomura’s CEO for EMEA quits after 18 months

Mergers and acquisitions

Carlsberg now No 2 in Greece with takeover of Olympic Brewery

SINGAPORE

Bankruptcy

OW Bunker Far East and KPMG to discuss outstanding debt next month

Mergers and acquisitions

CitySpring merging with Keppel Infrastructure Trust

UK

Insurance

Prudential reports double-digit rise in profit from new business

Management

Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic begins search for heavyweight figures to refresh boardroom

Retail

Shoppers ditch Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Tesco for Aldi and Lidl

Sport

Man United pays the price for absence from Champions League

US

Banks

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi to pay US$315 million for submitting whitewashed report

Real estate

Paramount IPO oversubscribed

Tax

Boeing, Ford paid more money to their CEOs than they did in federal taxes last year

Tuesday
Nov182014

18 November 2014, Tuesday

Administrative law

Federal Court sets January date to hear Catholic Church’s judicial review application

Airlines

AirAsia X facing payment problems relating to staff salaries and allowances

Energy

1MDB files long-awaited application to list power assets on local bourse

Insurance

Etiqa Insurance capable of keeping adequate capital buffer to support premium expansion

Extensive distribution networks will enable Etiqa Takaful to sustain business growth in mid-term

Oil and gas

Deleum’s Q3 profit up 17%, but company ‘cautious’ about prospects

Muhibbah Engineering’s share price down

Petronas reviewing capex allocation

Delay in PSC for PM9 may have to do with viability of enhanced oil recovery project

Plantations

Felda Global Ventures may invest RM1 billion in Cambodia

Tax

F&B sector most clueless about GST

Technology

Globetronics’ three-dimensional sensors available mid-2015

Trade

Lawmakers assured of access to cost-benefit analysis of Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

ASIA

Airlines

Jetstar Hong Kong still not cleared for takeoff

Oil and gas

Indonesia to review all permits

Telecommunications

Challenging environment for South and SE Asian telcos

AUSTRALIA

Capital markets

Retail demand for shares in Medibank Private IPO could top A$4.8 billion

Property

China’s Greenland looks to Queensland state to drive growth

CANADA

Contract

Supreme Court imposes duty of good faith over all contractual relations

Oil and gas

Talisman in talks with Regency Energy Partners on Marcellus Shale pipelines

EUROPE

Aviation

Video footage purportedly shows aftermath of MH17 crash

Luxury goods

Louis Vuitton, Hermes doing a better job than Gucci at rebuilding exclusive image

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Taxi operator Trans-cab scraps planned IPO over additional insurance premiums

Technology

Temasek to help fund new technologies from Tel Aviv University

Alibaba’s Ant Financial invests US$12 million in V-Key

UK

Financial services

Regulators may need to target bankers’ fixed pay, bonuses to rein in excessive risk-taking

Property

London’s soaring home prices push buyers to the sidelines

US

Autos

Toyota introducing first mass-market fuel cell car next year

Oil and gas

Halliburton buys Baker Hughes

Takeover surge a boon to investment banks and law firms advising on deals

Halliburton to pay Baker Hughes US$3.5 billion if they can’t close US$35 billion purchase

Technology

Facebook working on new website that allows users to keep personal and work profiles separate

Monday
Nov172014

17 November 2014, Monday

Aquaculture

Sabah introduces world’s first commercially hatched spiny lobster

Capital markets

Share prices of BFood, OldTown heading in different directions

ISEC Healthcare, Zico Holdings holding their own

Dispute resolution

Suit against Can-One struck out

Economy

Growth at slowest pace during Q3

Central bank’s statement

Gaming

Genting’s brightest days may still lie ahead despite industry slowdown

Healthcare

TDM targeting double-digit growth in revenue for FY15

Insurance

Allianz Malaysia confident of hitting RM4 billion in premium income by 2015

Investment

Land revaluation gains, goodwill supported 1MDB financials in past four fiscal years

Four major issues relating to 1MDB bonds

Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy attracted more than RM7 billion up to July

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios targeting to attract RM2 billion

Real estate

Federal Court is registered landowner’s last hope

Sentul villagers not squatters but licence holders, entitled to compensation

Property market in Singapore may pose challenge to some Malaysian developers

Retail

SStwo Mall to be redeveloped following failed attempts to sell it off

Hypermarket operator Mydin launching two outlets on Friday

Trade

Customs Department ordered to pay cigarette importer more than RM500k

ASIA

Capital markets

Hong Kong-Shanghai Stock Connect goes live today

Real estate

Wyndham introducing timeshare business in SE Asia by end-2014

EUROPE

Aviation

Recovery of wreckage from downed MH17 finally begins

Tax

EU alleges Netherlands has sweetheart tax deal with coffee-shop giant Starbucks

GLOBAL

Economy

G20 leaders approve measures that would boost economies by US$2 trillion by 2018

Ties between West and Russia plummet to new low

Islamic finance

IIFM launches Shariah-compliant alternative to repurchase agreements

SINGAPORE

Capital markets

Investors might flee to Hong Kong-Shanghai stock connect scheme

Gaming

Credit profiles of Genting Singapore, Marina Bay Sands likely to remain resilient

Real estate

CapitaLand, Credo ink JV for integrated development in Indonesia

Earnings for S-REITs driven higher by asset growth, rent increases

UK

Financial regulation

Reform of Britain’s banking system still badly needed

Islamic finance

Market big enough for both Dubai and London

Mergers and acquisitions

US drugmaker Pfizer unlikely to renew pursuit of AstraZeneca

Real estate

London’s skyscrapers changing hands for dizzy sums

Gherkin latest in a long line of London landmarks to be taken over by foreign investors

Sport

230 Caterham staff made redundant

Technology

Bristol fast gaining reputation as UK’s most tech-smart urban environment

Transport

Bain Capital to become major shareholder in Richard Branson’s new cruise-ship venture

US

Mergers and acquisitions

Actavis nears deal to buy Allergan

Oil and gas

Halliburton’s pursuit of Baker Hughes may be just the start of big energy deals

Brewing battle is rare for energy sector

Real estate

Vito Corleone’s home in ‘The Godfather’ for sale; only one new owner since 1972 film

Technology

Prospects of Google Glass becoming a consumer hit are slim

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