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China Huarong says Goldman, Warburg, others to buy $2.4 bln stake
China Huarong Asset Management Co Ltd, the country's biggest bad-debt manager, said on Thursday regulators have approved a deal for it to sell a 20.98 percent stake to a consortium of eight investors for 14.5 billion yuan ($2.4 billion). Full Article
Japan's Skylark to offer up to $1.1 bln in shares in Tokyo IPO
Japan's Skylark Co Ltd will list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Oct. 9 in an initial public offering worth up to $1.1 billion, marking the restaurant operator's return to the market three years after it was taken private by... Full Article
SE Asia Deals: Intuit acquires PaySuite
Also, Amarchand Mangaldas and JSA star in FIMI Irrigation’s $160 million acquisition of John Deere India’s water business division, A&G advises Olam International on its $187.5 million stake sale to Sanyo Foods, and much more in our weekly Southeast Asia... Full Article
Thai premier tells foreign investors: 'We are not dictators'
Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha told European investors on Wednesday that he was not a dictator, and that his government was seeking to create a Thailand that would be more attractive for their long-term investments. Full Article
India regulator fines car makers $420 mln for anti-competitive practices
India's pricing regulator has fined more than a dozen global and local car makers a total of 25.5 billion rupees ($420 million) after a probe found they had engaged in anti-competitive practices in the world's sixth-largest auto market. Full Article
Newmont withdraws mining arbitration case against Indonesia
Newmont Mining Corp has withdrawn an international arbitration filing against the Indonesian government, government and company officials said on Tuesday, indicating a possible breakthrough in a seven-month dispute that halted exports. Full Article


Hopes and challenges
While the election of Jokowi Widodo brings both pressures and opportunities for foreign investors, the overall outlook is promising, says Dana MacLean. Meanwhile, Newmont Mining's next move in its dispute with Indonesia is still in the air under Jokowi's new... Full Article
The evolution of offshore
Offshore law firms are changing with the times, evolving to meet the needs of global businesses and the flow of capital that is both easier but also much more regulated. And although they still differentiate themselves from their onshore peers,... Full Article
Competition heats up
China’s crackdown on price-fixing and its increasing regulatory clout over international mergers and acquisitions is creating a hot new commodity in its legal industry: antitrust lawyers. Kanishk Verghese reports, with additional input from Denny Thomas of Reuters. Full Article
Enter the behemoth
A proposed three-way bank merger in Malaysia looks set to disrupt the old ways of Islamic finance, say Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah and Bernardo Vizcaino of Reuters. Full Article

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