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Friday
Aug012014

1 August 2014, Friday

Aviation

Deep-water search for signs of MH370 to start in September

Malaysia Airlines too small to be competitive internationally

Earnings

Caring Pharmacy expects FY15 to be challenging

Insurance

Overview of policies you should be getting at specific points in life

Oil and gas

George Kent looking to diversify into sector

ONGC, Oil India jointly bidding for stake in Murphy Oil’s Malaysian assets

Plantations

Kulim selling entire stake in London-listed New Britain Palm Oil to Sime Darby

Fitch withdrawing ratings on IOI Corporation

Property

ARA Asia Dragon Fund seeks buyers for five malls in Malaysia

NewsCorp affiliate REA now iProperty’s second-largest shareholder

Keladi Maju building high-end residences in Mukim Batu, Segambut

Protasco bullish on demand for residential property at De Centrum City

Telecommunications

Telekom Malaysia seeks two-month extension on P1 stake

REDtone International’s Q4 profit down by nearly half

ASIA

Banks

Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho and Sumitomo Mitsui post lower Q1 profits

Real estate

Hong Kong developers see H1 earnings rebound on robust demand

Pick up in offshoring business driving demand for homes in India’s Silicon Valley

AUSTRALIA

Art

Strong similarity between artist’s Court and Hany Armanious’ Pavilion

Where do we draw the line between inspiration and imitation?

Employment

Employee sacked after being absent from work 10 months can proceed with adverse action claim

Energy

Ingenero latest victim of ‘roller coaster’ market; collapse follows liquidation of Solar Guys

Insolvency

A win for secured creditors

Judgment

CANADA

Competition

Uncertainty over who can be subject of abuse of dominance application by commissioner

Oil and gas

Accounting problems at Penn West Petroleum catch attention of US law firms

EUROPE

Aviation

International investigators reach crash site of MH17

80 bodies could still be lying in the fields

Banks

France’s BNP Paribas posts largest loss in 14-year history

Competition

Swiss regulator fines news agency €1.5 million

Oil and gas

Shell beats analysts’ Q2 earnings estimates

SINGAPORE

Earnings

DBS’s Q2 profit beats expectations

Higher net interest income, investment gains boost UOB’s Q2 profit

Singapore Exchange’s Q4 profit down 12%

Economy

Foreign labour restrictions could tarnish Lion City’s business-friendly reputation

Insurance

Huge jump in Great Eastern’s Q2 earnings attributed to unrealised mark-to-market gains

UK

Arbitration

Obligations on parties in relation to pre-conditions to arbitration

Construction

Balfour Beatty backs away from possible £3 billion merger with Carillion

Earnings

British American Tobacco’s H1 profit hurt by strong British pound

Lloyds’ H1 profit better than expected

Intellectual property

US lingerie firm Victoria’s Secret infringed trademark of shirtmaker Thomas Pink

Supreme Court sides with makers of Total yoghurt over US rival Chobani

Leisure

Merlin Entertainments opening more Legoland Parks abroad after success in Florida, Malaysia

Oil and gas

BG’s Q2 earnings up 23% on higher production from Brazil

US

Gaming

Crown Resorts chairman plots return to Las Vegas

Media

Securities and Exchange Commission can’t find culprit behind ‘London Whale’ leak

Oil and gas

Murphy Oil’s Q2 income slumps 68%

Higher prices for Exxon Mobil’s crude and natural gas offset 6% drop in production

Thursday
Jul312014

31 July 2014, Thursday

Aviation

Netherlands or Malaysia, not ICC, likely to try those responsible for downing of MH17

Beleaguered Malaysian Airline System giving RM39 million in ex-gratia payment to staff

Banks

Investors could switch from Malaysian banks to Thai and Indonesian banks

CIMB busy with proposed merger, not pursuing Philippine Business Bank and Al-Amanah

Graft

MACC urged to reopen case related to printing of bank notes

PM, predecessors and several former ministers named in gag order

Insolvency

Perwaja Steel granted another 180 days to finalise scheme of arrangement

Intellectual property

Malaysia Debt Ventures lauds setting up of IP Online Portal

Islamic finance

France’s Société Générale delays debut Sukuk in Malaysia

StanChart Saadiq sees a good year for local Sukuk industry

Management

MDeC narrows CEO shortlist to six

Mining

Lynas facing credit crunch

Oil and gas

Sumatec expects to produce 30,000 bpd in Kazakhstan by 2018

Property

Bright outlook for residential, commercial property markets in Greater Kuala Lumpur

Proposed Vehicle Entry Permit fee not dampening Singaporean demand for properties in Johor

Wealth management

Labuan IBFC introduces Islamic wealth management

ASIA

E-commerce

Amazon spending US$2 billion to expand India operations

Technology

Samsung’s Q2 profit misses analysts’ estimates

AUSTRALIA

Employment

Company forced to compensate employee dismissed due to heart condition

Franchising

Pizza Hut franchisees denied interlocutory injunction

Judgment

Media

WikiLeaks publishes suppression order imposed by Victorian Supreme Court

Gagging order ‘unacceptable’ and ‘an abuse of legal process’

Oil and gas

Woodside Petroleum and Shell’s decade-long attempt to formalise separation appears doomed

EUROPE

Aviation

Possible land mines near crash site of MH17

Oil and gas

Norway’s Statoil working on several potential deals to sell assets by year-end

SINGAPORE

Airlines

Singapore Airlines’ Q1 profit down 52%

Mergers and acquisitions

DBS top adviser in SE Asia for first time in its history

UK

Banks

Bad bankers may have to repay seven-year-old bonuses; new regime comes into force in January

New rules could put UK at a disadvantage

Barclays CEO’s overhaul may be starting to pay off

Employment

Caterham F1 team taking legal action against ex-employees claiming unfair dismissal

US

Earnings

Thomson Reuters reports 1% rise in revenue on growth in Legal and Tax & Accounting divisions

Sport

Man United’s Glazers cutting stake in record 20-time English champions

Technology

Sizzling sector fuelling urban renaissance, but boom comes at a price

Wednesday
Jul302014

30 July 2014, Wednesday

Administrative law

High Court has jurisdiction to hear former activist’s application for judicial review

Airlines

Black boxes show shrapnel from rocket explosion caused MH17 to crash

Malaysia Airlines begins strategic review likely to result in change of name

Not easy for Malaysia Airlines to survive after loss of two planes

Autos

Sales of commercial vehicles should improve in H2 2014

Construction

Zelan outbid Bina Puri and Muhibbah Engineering for drawbridge job

Healthcare

Malaysia attracting attention of foreign patients

Insurance

PIDM putting more initiatives in place to increase public awareness of its activities

Property

SP Setia plans more varieties of affordable housing on Penang island

Titijaya Land mulling over development projects in Klang Valley

Demand for homes could taper off after GST in April 2015

Technology

Siemens Malaysia confident of surpassing RM4 billion order book

Software companies with a proven track record will reap profits from GST move

ASIA

Antitrust

China opens investigation into Microsoft, VP and senior managers

Banks

OCBC completes buyout of Wing Hang, plans to take Hong Kong lender private

CIMB said to be eyeing stake in Philippine Business Bank

Islamic finance

Developments in Philippines rekindle interest from potential buyers for Al Amanah

AUSTRALIA

Employment

Planned theft amounted to dishonesty, a valid reason for dismissal of employee

Gloria Jean’s worker sacked for querying pay gets A$2,000 in compensation

Graft

Australian media barred from reporting allegations involving top leaders

Insurance

QBE shareholders asked to be patient with embattled global insurer’s turnaround strategy

Property

Three-storey penthouse could be first Australian property to shatter A$100 million barrier

QIC sells office tower for A$555 million, seeking other properties in Australia

Tort

Award for damages of A$450,000 sets new high water mark in Victoria

SINGAPORE

Financial regulation

Manipulation of financial benchmarks could be made a civil and criminal offence

Healthcare

Major expansion projects will boost revenue for Raffles Medical Group

Real estate

Keppel Land makes maiden foray into US

UK

Banks

Bank of England set to unveil tough new regime aimed at stamping out misconduct

Oil and gas

BP’s Q2 profits up; further Western sanctions on Russia could harm its business there

Real estate

Iconic Gherkin building in London up for sale

US

Airlines

Virgin America files for IPO

Management

Hamburger chain McDonald’s under intensifying pressure for labour practices

Pharmaceuticals

Pfizer leaves investors guessing on pursuit of British rival AstraZeneca

Friday
Jul252014

25 July 2014, Friday

Aviation

Data from black boxes of MH17 successfully downloaded

Russian experts participating in Dutch-led probe into MH17

Bodies of Malaysian victims unlikely brought back in time for Hari Raya

Bankruptcy may be the better option for Malaysian Airline System

Earnings

Public Bank’s Q2 profit up on higher net interest income

Insurance

Insurers expediting compensation to beneficiaries of MH17 victims

Intellectual property

Malaysia-registered Remit Now also seeking to trademark ‘MH17'

Oil and gas

World’s largest SWF owns substantial stake in Reach Energy

Property

Boustead acquiring Hyde Park Hotel in London

MRCB pays RM51 million for Pelaburan Hartanah’s stake in Penang Sentral

Wide range of residential types available in coastal town of Lumut, Perak

Tax

Putrajaya expects additional RM3 billion revenue from GST in first year, RM9 billion the next

ASIA

Earnings

Baidu’s Q2 profit beats analysts’ estimates

Real estate

Hong Kong REITs can now invest in property development or redevelopment

AUSTRALIA

Airlines

Losses at Tigerair Australia at ‘alarming levels’

Capital markets

TPG Capital, Carlyle pricing shares in Healthscope at upper end of target range

Intellectual property

Malaysia Airlines tragedy about to become centre of local trademark stoush

EUROPE

Consumer goods

Unilever’s Q2 revenue growth misses estimates amid Asian slowdown

Media

Britain’s BSkyB unveils multi-billion euro deal to buy Rupert Murdoch's assets in Italy and Germany

GLOBAL

Aviation

2014 shaping up to be worst year in a decade for passenger fatalities

One of the worst weeks in memory, with disasters spanning three continents

Economy

International Monetary Fund lowers outlook for global growth

SINGAPORE

Earnings

Keppel Corporation’s Q2 profit up 17%

Property

Singapore sticks with curbs

UK

Competition

Competition and Markets Authority investigates whether six biggest utilities use market power to raise prices

Construction

Balfour Beatty, Carillion in preliminary talks to merge

Employment

UBS had the right to fire head of European pharmaceuticals research

US

Banks

Barclays files to dismiss NY lawsuit over ‘dark pool’

Real estate

Home sales in the Hamptons climb in Q2, boosted by 4.7% increase in inventory

Tax

Once-obscure corporate ‘inversion’ turning debate over tax reform upside down

Inversions aren’t fair, says US president

Technology

Amazon.com reports biggest quarterly loss since 2012

Thursday
Jul242014

24 July 2014, Thursday

Aviation

Rumours of Malaysian Airline System-AirAsia merger

MAS needs experienced management for successful privatisation

Cockpit voice recorder of MH17 in good condition

Banks

CIMB aims for presence in SE Asia by 2015

Conferences

LHAG partner one of the panellists at National Tax Conference 2014

Malaysia hosting fifth Construction Law International Conference in September

Economy

Public finances still a source of downward pressure on ratings

Franchising

Berjaya Food to have full control of Starbucks Malaysia soon

Insurance

More M&As expected to intensify competition

Intellectual property

Seyefull Investments seeking to trademark ‘MH17’ and ‘MH370’

Islamic finance

PM’s goal of creating Shariah-compliant ‘mega bank’ gains momentum

Oil and gas

Reach Energy secures seven cornerstone investors

Property

Residential property segment in ‘cooling phase’

Boustead acquires land in Klang; purchase includes cruise centre terminal and jetty

ASIA

Islamic finance

CIMB keen to acquire Philippines Al-Amanah Bank

Reserve Bank of India panel reviews regulations

Real estate

Hong Kong’s retail rents could fall for first time in a decade

AUSTRALIA

Earnings

Soft Q1 for Macquarie

Franchising

Restraint of trade clause can still be effective to protect interests of commercial parties

Judgment

CANADA

Oil and gas

Spain’s Repsol exploring bid for Talisman Energy

Pick-up of deals lead to upswing in business for nation’s biggest law firms

Telecommunications

BCE taking regional affiliate Bell Aliant private

EUROPE

Aviation

Dutch mark arrival of first dead from MH17 crash with sombre ceremony

Competition

Marine Harvest fined €20 million

SINGAPORE

Airlines

Tiger Airways’ Q1 loss widens

Banks

OCBC closer to full takeover of Hong Kong lender Wing Hang

UK

Banks

Deterioration in StanChart's performance causing strain in top echelons

Bribes and secret commissions are held on trust by agent for principal

Pharmaceuticals

Fraud agency liaising with China on alleged corruption at GlaxoSmithKline

GSK’s attractions as takeover target are mixed

US

Economy

International Monetary Fund's outlook on growth more pessimistic than Fed’s

Financial services

S&P faces civil enforcement action over ratings to six deals in 2011

Technology

Facebook’s Q2 revenue soars 61%

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