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  1. Creativity is key to unlocking mergers and acquisitions

    Posted Apr 24th 2009, 12:00am by Kate Watson

    ... Kate Watson The economic volatility that has accompanied the global financial crisis has had an effect on mergers and acquisitions. Companies keen to divest need to be more creative, ... and structure, with complex demands. While almost a quarter of the executives surveyed were looking for cash- to bolster the balance sheet, fund acquisitions or pay down debt- almost half were more ...

  2. HSBC mulls US acquisitions amid subprime mortgage woes

    Posted Apr 02nd 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Maria Chan HSBC Holdings, the global lender haunted by US subprime mortgage woes, has indicated that it has no plans to pull out of the US market and may even make acquisitions there. 'We may consider acquiring banks linked to Spanish and Asian communities,' said Michael Geoghegan, the group's chief executive. 'This will not be a large regional bank,' he ...

  3. Mainland firms to scour globe for more acquisitions

    Posted Dec 27th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... opportunities. Banks and commodity companies are expected to lead the acquisition charge after Chinese overseas deals hit a record this year. The nation's three oil majors and the largest mining ... US$5 billion in Morgan Stanley as the second-biggest United States securities firm struggles with losses related to the unfolding global subprime crisis. It was CIC's biggest acquisition ...

  4. Foreign acquisitions may not benefit bank investors

    Posted Aug 09th 2008, 12:00am by Michael Pettis

    ... investment bankers around the world. If this signals the beginning of a major acquisition spree by cash-rich Chinese banks with their high stock market valuations, it will mean a surge of business ... will not benefit from an acquisition spree, no matter how well managed. Current shareholders of large Chinese banks will almost certainly see the value of their holdings drop if the banks they own make ...

  5. Ping An eyes?2b acquisition of Fortis unit

    Posted Mar 13th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to comment yesterday. 'The investment may strengthen their asset management,' said CLSA analyst Dominic Chan. 'Instead of co-operating in certain business areas, an acquisition ... (HK$131.63 billion) in an issue of shares and convertible bonds. Ping An chairman Ma Mingzhe said proceeds from the fund-raising would be used for acquisitions that were 'beneficial ...

  6. On a learning curve in the tough game of acquisitions

    Posted Oct 01st 2005, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng AFEW YEARS ago, the overseas mergers and acquisitions by Chinese companies were hardly international news. But last December's US$1.75 billion acquisition by Lenovo Group ... of weaker players, if it manages to cut costs and raise efficiency of the merged entity. In the competitive global mergers and acquisitions arena, success has been minor compared to the number ...

  7. Acquisition of HKEx stake needs explaining

    Posted Sep 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... greeted the acquisition with delight, pushing up the price of HKEx shares by more than 20 per cent yesterday, high enough to singlehandedly reverse a market slump that affected other bourses in the region. The question is: why the acquisition? Although HKEx is privately owned, the law provides that the government can prevent anyone else from holding more than 5 per cent of HKEx shares ...

  8. IAG stalls on acquisitions

    Posted Nov 05th 2007, 12:00am by Nevin Nie

    ... Tim LeeMaster and Nevin Nie Talks cool on bid for stake in China United or China Continent Insurance Australia Group had stalled talks to take a 20 per cent stake in either China United Property Insurance or China Continent Property & Casualty Insuran ...

  9. Wing Hang to issue US$300m bonds for mainland acquisitions

    Posted Apr 11th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Wong Ka-chun Wing Hang Bank, a local family-run bank, plans to raise as much as US$300 million from a perpetual bond sale to strengthen its capital reserve for potential acquisitions ... that at completion, including funding benefits and cost synergies, Wing Hang would see a 4 to 6 per cent earnings enhancement in 2007 and 2008 from the Inchroy acquisition,' a Credit Suisse research ...

  10. Acquisitions expected to add strength to HSBC's interims

    Posted Aug 04th 2003, 12:00am by Christine Chan

    ... Amro's head of Asian Banks Research Andrew Leeming said the HI acquisition would bring a much needed lift to the bank's underlying profitability in the near term at the expense of higher ...




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