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  1. Business - LAI SEE

    Old school politician Macfarlane tells it like it is on carbon tax

    Posted Jul 01st 2014, 04:05am by Howard Winn

    ... it like it is in the form of Ian Macfarlane, Australia's minister for industry. He was speaking at the Asia Mining Club in Hong Kong yesterday where he was interviewed by Lai See. Although ... work in banks are routinely given severe jail sentences for much smaller levels of money laundering. As we have said before there is no quicker way of curtailing wrongdoing in the financial ...

  2. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    'Humble Scottish merchant' writes to the Financial Times

    Posted Sep 24th 2014, 06:13am by Howard Winn

    ... Howard Winn We read with interest a letter in the Financial Times last week on the subject of the Scottish referendum. It starts, "Sir, I am a humble Scottish merchant trading ... wants someone who is politically palatable and has good industry knowledge. That's a hard enough combination, but when you throw China into the mix, that makes it even tougher," ...

  3. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    One rule for the students, another rule for the rich

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 04:05am by Howard Winn

    ... belong to?   Damascene conversion in HK Martin Wheatley, erstwhile chief executive of the Securities and Futures Commission who now heads Britain's Financial Conduct Authority, has been baring his soul to the Financial Times. Reflecting on his experience in Hong Kong where he spent seven years, he says it was scarring. He was presumably thinking here of the minibond situation ...

  4. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Villagers have a dig at mining tycoon's dirty money

    Posted Sep 19th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... banking and markets at HSBC, has sounded a rallying cry to the banking industry. Speaking at Sibos, the annual financial technology conference, he said: "People have questioned our culture ... it is important to society, he added, according to Financial News. "Our industry at its best provides the pillars on which the global economy stands. We enable business to grow, economies to prosper ...

  5. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Regulator needed to curb cowboy practices in trust industry

    Posted Jul 25th 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... It is true that some 40 per cent of trustee services are conducted by banks and large financial service organisations, according to KPMG's recent report on Hong Kong's trust industry ... is a highly competitive industry. Laudable though the changes may be, there is one glaring omission in that there is no regulator. The recent case of shamed tax expert Deborah Annells, highlighted ...

  6. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Umbrella movement heading for an unhappy ending

    Posted Oct 07th 2014, 05:26am by Howard Winn

    ... In a note to clients yesterday CLSA points out that the HSI is trading at a price to book ratio of 1.28 times, which it says is close to the lows it achieved following the global financial crisis. ... it rates a "buy" and whose business is unlikely to be affected much by the protest include Hongkong Land, Hutchison Whampoa, Samsonite, HKT and Techtronic Industries. Macau-related stocks ...

  7. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Who's watching the trust industry in Hong Kong?

    Posted Aug 01st 2013, 12:00am by Howard Winn

    ... of sorts- the financial secretary. Under the Trustee Ordinance, the financial secretary can appoint an inspector when a trustee business is operating fraudulently or in breach of trust. Lai See understands that the financial secretary was furnished with the same information that was later sent to the institute, which subsequently concluded that Annells had acted dishonestly. However, ...

  8. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Supine government response to anarchy at Ho Chung

    Posted Sep 27th 2014, 05:33am by Howard Winn

    ... appeal: "Exposure: Invaluable exposure to key contacts in the luxury industry, entry to Hong Kong's most exclusive parties and events, tastings at some of the city's finest ... into financial markets. Cocoa futures are at a three-year high in New York and London, Bloomberg reports, on account of concerns that shipments from top producer the Ivory Coast could be disrupted. So ...

  9. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Higher illegal parking fines are only effective if they are applied

    Posted Dec 13th 2013, 04:30am by Howard Winn

    ... of deal value, UBS also secured the award for best equity house. HSBC was the best bond house and Morgan Stanley won best M&A house. Borrower of the Year was won by Reliance Industries and the award for best financial law firm went to Davis Polk & Wardwell. Citi also won 10 other deal-related awards from the magazine and the staff were yesterday rewarded with a herogram by Stephen ...

  10. Business - Comment - LAI SEE

    Efforts to airbrush out Zhou Yongkang struggle at lift-off

    Posted Aug 22nd 2014, 01:17am by Howard Winn

    ... hi-tech industries in Silicon Valley have few women top executives, according to Bloomberg. For an example as to how to achieve this, they need look no further than Alibaba Group; it has nine ... by women at Alibaba include chief financial officer Maggie Wu and chief people officer Lucy Peng. The latter, we can confirm, is in charge of the human resources office, and is responsible ...




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