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  1. Business - China Business - ANALYSIS

    Tencent primed for more M&A deals after big bond issue

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 12:59am by Bien Perez and Sophie Yu

    ... would be sold to "qualified institutional buyers", with Deutsche Bank as arranger. The net proceeds would be used for "general corporate purposes" and be drawn down ... and the international expansion of messaging platform WeChat. The China Banking Regulatory Commission has approved Tencent's application to operate a private bank, a Shanghai Securities News report said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1476964/tencent-primed-more-ma-deals-after-big-bond-issue
  2. Business - Companies - ANALYSIS

    Singapore flexes muscles in bid to acquire assets with China footprint

    Posted Apr 02nd 2014, 05:45am by Benjamin Robertson

    ... Benjamin Robertson benjamin.robertson@scmp.com Family-run banks succumb to tough market as Singapore firms look north for acquisitions Singapore keen on assets with China footprint The sale of Wing Hang Bank to Singapore's Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp for HK$38.4 billion is almost the final chapter for Hong Kong's family-run banking dynasties. A limited branch ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1462736/singapore-flexes-muscles-bid-acquire-assets-china-footprint
  3. Business - Companies - ANALYSIS

    China mobile payments market to expand as Tencent-Alibaba rivalry heats up

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 05:59am by BIEN PEREZ

    ... the mainland's banking industry remains behind those of more developed economies, the country is witnessing a rapid expansion in its online and mobile payment market as competition intensifies ... in the third quarter of last year. Merchants are required to pay upfront a 20,000-yuan security deposit. Tencent will charge a 0.6 per cent commission per transaction. Tencent declined to say how many ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1444811/china-mobile-payments-market-expand-tencent-alibaba-rivalry-heats
  4. Business - China Business - ANALYSIS

    Citic deal sets scene for mainland reform of state firms

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:40am by Eric Ng

    ... permission since the crown jewel of the assets to be injected by Citic Group- a 61.9 per cent stake in Hong Kong-listed China Citic Bank- is trading at 0.7 times its book value, according to a Morgan ... as it involves state-owned assets," the report said. If such permission is granted, it could potentially open the listing door to many other state-owned firms. This is especially so for banks, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1458855/citic-deal-sets-scene-mainland-reform-state-firms
  5. Business - Companies - ANALYSIS

    Citic's mega takeover deal comes as win-win for Beijing and Hong Kong

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 01:40am by George Chen

    ... the mainland's top securities house and a major commercial bank, among others. To some extent, it is a bit like Singapore's sovereign wealth fund Temasek. But it has also been stuck and is unsure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1458753/citic-takeover-deal-comes-win-win-beijing-and-hong-kong
  6. Business - Banking & Finance - ANALYSIS

    Euro fears choke cross-border bank lending

    Posted Jun 21st 2013, 02:54pm by Reuters

    ... with ratings agency Fitch. “Interbank deposits have been reduced. Confidence in banks across the euro zone has been reduced. If banks continue to struggle, then they can’t extend credit to the real ... Central Bank countered that the trend was due to a general shift towards secured lending and funding via retail deposits. Banks were deleveraging, which increases the importance of stable retail ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1265787/euro-fears-choke-cross-border-bank-lending
  7. News - China - ANALYSIS

    'Tough road' ahead for reform effort

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 05:02am by Cary Huang

    ... dubbed by some economists as "Likonomics". The term was coined by media and investment bank economists in June to summarise the premier's strategy of reducing debt and economic ... at the Royal Bank of Scotland, but doubts remained over whether Li could force through reforms in the face of opposition by those in the Communist Party with vested interests in state enterprises. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1439649/tough-road-ahead-reform-effort
  8. Business - Banking & Finance - ANALYSIS

    Job cuts loom at European banks as merger fees fall

    Posted Dec 07th 2013, 03:59am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Milan and London At least 5 per cent of trading and advisory staff will be cut next year, according to a bank survey Job cuts loom at European banks as merger fees fall European banks, which eliminated more than 140,000 jobs in two years, are poised to keep shrinking. Lenders in the region probably will cut at least 5 per cent of trading and advisory staff next ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/banking-finance/article/1374880/job-cuts-loom-european-banks-merger-fees-fall
  9. Business - Banking & Finance - ANALYSIS

    Gas debt hit as banks lose government guarantees

    Posted Nov 30th 2013, 04:27am by Bloomberg

    ... Bloomberg in Dallas Fading government support for big lenders sees ratings cut on bank-backed natural gas bonds Gas debt hit as banks lose government guarantees The fading notion that the largest US finance companies are too big to fail led Moody's Investors Service to cut ratings on US$5.5 billion of bank-backed debt used to buy natural gas. Investors see the bonds as too ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/markets-investing/article/1369213/gas-debt-hit-banks-lose-government-guarantees
  10. Business - China Business - ANALYSIS

    Chinese companies end the year as Asia's top borrowers

    Posted Dec 31st 2013, 01:36am by NICK EDWARDS

    ... Nick Edwards nick.edwards@scmp.com Mainland syndicated loans hit record high, with local banks also region's top lenders Chinese companies end the year as Asia's top borrowers ... offshore, according to the latest industry data which also reveals mainland banks were the region's top lenders. Syndicated loans raised on the mainland by Chinese borrowers reached a record, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/china-business/article/1393430/chinese-companies-end-year-asias-top-borrowers

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