selective hearing On the eve of its controversial spin-off listing, would it be a good sign that Dah Sing Banking Group is doing something strictly by the book? An analyst from UBS was the first to raise a question during a Q&A session at the group's televised press conference yesterday. The MC, a representative from the initial public offering's lead sponsor CLSA, promptly turned down the question and pointed out that session was only for 'members from the media'. Interestingly, being the next journalist in line, Lai See raised the exact same question - one about whether the bank had any specific acquisition target in mind. 'We are talking to everybody...' replied chairman David Wong Shou-yeh. 'Specific target? At the moment, the answer is no.' The UBS analyst left after a few minutes. birthday parting Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing yesterday celebrated four glorious years as a unified exchange. To be more precise, superstitious executives were at pains to explain the festivities were, in fact, to celebrate the start of a fifth year. What a pity it coincided with brokers putting a once high-flying pharmaceutical company into what, by the time of its trading suspension, looked like a death spiral. food for thought Maxim's new fast-food chain not only targets younger customers but also budding gourmets. 'Goose liver and steamed rice in lotus leaf' features prominently on the new menu, and our famished reporter was delighted when offered a free tasting.