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  1. Lai See

    Posted Jun 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok UBS says HSBC getting its Household back in order If there is one word that explains the rather lacklustre performance of HSBC Holdings in the past three years, ... what to look for in the company,' wrote UBS analysts Alastair Ryan and John-Paul Crutchley. They said as the losses were contained, HSBC could get back to being its powerful old self ...

  2. Lai See

    Posted Nov 20th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Ma says media missing the point in pay issue It is not me who is particularly well paid; it is they who are low paid. That was virtually the defence of new China Strategic Holdings non-executive chairman Frederick Ma Si-hang (below) when challenged about his HK$3.5 million remuneration package, which puts him among the highest-paid non-executive directors in Hong ...

  3. Lai See

    Posted Sep 17th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Richard Li eyes Tokyo tower he sold for handsome profit Being one of Richard Li Tzar-kai's shareholders can be tough, but not as tough as doing a deal with him. Spare a thought for Japanese real estate fund, KK DaVinci, which paid Li (below) and his father's Hutchison Whampoa a record HK$13.2 billion three years ago for Pacific Century Place Marunouchi ...

  4. Lai See

    Posted Oct 24th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Homework heavy going for potential investors Listing company prospectuses must be some of the most unfriendly products in the world. We often wonder if listing candidates deliberately make them so thick and heavy to deter people from reading them. Lai See felt like his arm was going to drop off after picking up five prospectuses in Central yesterday. The tomes from ...

  5. Lai See

    Posted Oct 23rd 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Advertisement lands big catch with Li likeness If it works for selling plastic flowers and properties, why not fish? That was probably the thinking behind a full-page advertisement in the Oriental Daily News (right) yesterday that featured a drawing of a man who looks remarkably like Li Ka-shing. The advertisement even has a quote from 'Superman' that says: ...

  6. Lai See

    Posted Nov 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Swire might go the way of other hongs with a spin-off Who is going to invest in Swire Pacific if you can buy directly into Swire Properties? That becomes a valid question after the British hong said it was considering spinning off its property business 25 ...

  7. Lai See

    Posted Oct 06th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Two takes for Le Saunda It was not up to the usual standard of disclosure we have come to expect from listed companies. Yesterday morning, Le Saunda Holdings, a Hong Kong-based footwear retailer, announced the disposal of a property for HK$34.6 million without saying where it was located. It was not until a second, supplemental announcement after the market had closed ...

  8. Lai See

    Posted Oct 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Market flat for bank's commemorative notes Perhaps we put too much store on the word 'anniversary'. We are not talking about China's 60th birthday party, but the money we spent on another anniversary. It looks like many of the one million Standard Chartered commemorative HK$150 banknotes could end up as inventory after a weaker than expected response. ...

  9. Budding tycoon sets sights on big league Mainland goals in Yeung's bid for Birmingham

    Posted Oct 05th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Neil Gough and Ben Kwok Ten years ago, Carson Yeung Ka-shing was a struggling Kowloon hairstylist fending off lawsuits from credit card companies. But as he arrived last week to meet the press in a conference room at the swanky Island Shangri-La hotel, dressed to the nines in a tailored white suit and a white shirt accented with silver buttons and a collar bar, Yeung, 49, looked ...

  10. Lai See

    Posted Sep 25th 2009, 12:00am by Ben Kwok

    ... Ben Kwok Yam's writer's block may be prelude to new chapter He may be guilty of crying wolf too often and repeating himself too much, but you have to admire outgoing Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief Joseph Yam Chi-kwong's stamina when it comes to writing his weekly 'Viewpoint' column. Yesterday marked the end of the road - the 526th column which he had ...




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