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China stock connect scheme scorecard throws up surprises
A month after China opened up its equity markets in a landmark trading link with Hong Kong, demand has been subdued and the bulk of activity has come from short-term speculative investors. Full Article
Hong Kong firm settles with U.S. SEC over alleged audit failures
A Hong Kong-based accounting firm will disgorge auditing fees and temporarily cease accepting new U.S. clients after U.S. regulators on Wednesday sanctioned the firm over audit failures tied to a company suspected of fraud. Full Article
Malaysia's 1MDB delays $2.4 bln Islamic bond to 2015
Malaysia's sovereign wealth fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd, has postponed the sale of up to 8.4 billion ringgit ($2.41 billion) of Islamic bonds to 2015, according to two people familiar with the matter. Full Article
India's ONGC, PDVSA aim to raise around $1 bln for Venezuela JV
India's ONGC, PDVSA aim to raise around $1 billion for Venezuela JVIndia's Oil and Natural Gas Corp and Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA are seeking around $1 billion in credit to stem an output decline at their San Cristobal joint... Full Article
Taiwan's Cathay Fin may raise stake in Philippine RCBC
Cathay Financial Holding Co Ltd said it was open to raising its stake in Rizal Commercial Banking Corp (RCBC) to as much as 30 percent, soon after it acquired 20 percent of the mid-sized Philippine lender. Full Article
Singapore's City Developments to raise $1.1 bln from Blackstone, CIMB
The move is part of a plan by the company to broaden its revenue by creating investment products linked to its real estate assets, Chief Executive Grant Kelley said. CDL plans to use part of the funds to finance overseas... Full Article

Features

Private interest
Private equity investments are continuing to flow into China, particularly in the TMT sector, and foreign funds are beginning to take on increasingly risky propositions, says Raghavendra Verma Full Article
One foot in the door
Not long ago, offshore firms were primarily involved in PRC-focused transactions through structures set up by international investors to invest in China. Recently, however, large Chinese SOEs and private companies have begun investing around the world in Africa, the U.S... Full Article
‘Jokowi has to empower the private sector’
Andre Rahadian, senior partner at Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners, talks to Ranajit Dam about the expectations from Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s new president, and the challenges he will face in the near future. Full Article
‘The focus is on the steady growth we already have’
Alastair Henderson, Herbert Smith Freehills’ new Southeast Asia chief, talks to Ranajit Dam about the firm’s strengths in the region, his plans moving forward, and how he wants to make region ‘the firm's greatest success story.’ Full Article

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