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My life: Alan Chan Yau-kin

My life: Alan Chan Yau-kin

The graphic designer and branding guru talks to Jo Baker about the importance of culture and capturing the spirit of Hong Kong.

Sunday, 2 September, 2012, 12:44pm

Doing it by the Brûlé book

Tyler Brûlé: turned Monocle into an international media empire.

After two iconic magazine launches, Tyler Brûlé knows all about building brands, says Anna Healy Fenton.

30 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Feat made for walking

Hong Kong Island: so near, yet so far from being easy to circumnavigate.

Doing what comes naturally to a Norwegian, Cecilie Gamst Berg undertakes an exploration of Hong Kong Island. As she soon discovers, however, hiking all the way around is easier said than done.

20 Oct 2012 - 11:34pm 3 comments

Bare witness

Ou Zhihang does his thing across the street from the Baptist University's Shaw Tower. Photo: Ou Zhihang

Guangdong TV presenter Ou Zhihang is a man on a mission, highlighting issues in Hong Kong and the mainland one naked press-up at a time. Hannah Xu reports.

31 Aug 2012 - 5:17pm

Acquisitions no easy way for Singaporean banks to win in Hong Kong, mainland China

Questions have been raised over the price OCBC paid in taking over Wing Hang Bank. Photos: AFP, Bloomberg

Can Singaporean banks win more business in Hong Kong or even in the much bigger mainland market simply through high-cost acquisitions?

7 Apr 2014 - 8:37am

Hong Kong lawmakers need Shanghai trip to face up to social issues

Shanghai is definitely not what it used to be in the eyes of its people.

Most of the time, Shanghai just means business, but the city has also played some significant political roles in contemporary Chinese history. The Sino-US Shanghai Communiqué was signed there in 1972, marking a new chapter in ties for the two big nations.

31 Mar 2014 - 8:13am 1 comment

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

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

Beijing's decision to let a Hong Kong-listed unit of Citic Group take over its parent company in a deal valued at about 225 billion yuan (HK$283.6 billion) surprised the financial community on Wednesday evening.

31 Mar 2014 - 5:52pm 2 comments

Paper cuts sharpest, says Alibaba's Jack Ma

Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma's push into internet finance has raised regulatory concern over risks from the new business. Photo: Xinhua

How do you defeat the country's No 1 e-commerce firm? It may not require any innovation in technology, just a piece of paper, says Jack Ma Yun, the founder and chairman of Alibaba.

As the central government steps up its efforts to crack down on the red-hot online finance sector - led by Alibaba and its rival Tencent - Ma could not remain silent any longer.

20 Mar 2014 - 12:53am 1 comment

Hong Kong should not be a dumping ground for middling IPOs

Yao Gang, vice-chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission

"As long as you can meet the listing requirements of the Hong Kong stock exchange, you should definitely go there." That was the clear message from one of the most senior stock market regulators on the mainland when asked about the funding needs of small-sized, capital-hungry private enterprises.

10 Mar 2014 - 10:18am 5 comments

Mainlanders use ‘free money’ from Hong Kong banks to earn higher returns at home

When tax bills arrive from the Inland Revenue each year, Hong Kong banks aggressively market loans to customers. Photo: Garrige Ho

Mainland Chinese working in Hong Kong have found a way to use “free money” from local banks to invest in profitable financial products across the border.

They take advantage of cheap personal loans aggressively hawked by banks in an attempt to expand their business. The borrowers quietly turn around and invest the cash on the mainland for higher returns.

27 Feb 2014 - 12:42am 8 comments

We need to hear more, not less, from our intellectuals

In today's China, gong zhi, or "public intellectual", has also become a label that many knowledgeable people try to avoid.

Many of my colleagues and friends know I have two real-life identities - by day I am an editor and journalist with the South China Morning Post, and at weekends I am a student at the University of Hong Kong who hopes to survive a four-year doctoral programme and someday be called Dr. Chen.

24 Feb 2014 - 8:26am 11 comments

Tense time as Hong Kong face Papua New Guinea in crunch qualifier

Irfan Ahmed has been outstanding at the crease for Hong Kong during the ICC World Cup qualifiers in New Zealand. Photo: Dickson Lee

"Can we dare to dream?" Hong Kong Cricket Association chairman Mike Walsh and all local fans are on tenterhooks as Jamie Atkinson leads Hong Kong out for their final game at the ICC World Cup qualifiers against Papua New Guinea in Lincoln, New Zealand, today.

29 Jan 2014 - 10:25pm

12 new free-trade zones to follow in Shanghai's footsteps

The 12 new free trade zones would include Guangdong, which has been lobbying the central government by highlighting its economic ties with Hong Kong. Photo: Bloomberg

The central government has agreed in principle to approve 12 new free-trade zones (FTZs), three months after giving the special status to Shanghai.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:17pm 1 comment

Chinese art buyers help Christie's to record sales year

Christie's staff take phone bids at its Shanghai auction in September last year. The firm now has a Chinese-language website. Photo: AFP

Chinese buyers drove up Christie's sales by 14 per cent to US$7.13 billion last year, a record high not just for the British auction house but for any company ever in the art market.

23 Jan 2014 - 4:30pm

Tianhe Chemicals IPO follows boss' daughter to UBS

JPMorgan saw the Tianhe Chemicals deal go to UBS, where one of the US bank's former employees had moved. Photo: AFP

Mary had a little lamb, Joyce Wei has an IPO. Wherever the daughter of Tianhe Chemicals chairman Wei Qi goes, follows the potential US$1 billion IPO deal.

First, it was JP Morgan Chase that was supposed to be working on the initial public offering of the Liaoning-based company. Joyce Wei was then working as an investment banking associate there.

22 Jan 2014 - 4:37pm 9 comments

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