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  1. April 1, 2014

    Telefónica faces regulatory pressure over E-Plus deal

    Two powerful regulators are squeezing Telefónica to yield valuable spectrum holdings if it wants to see through its...

  2. April 1, 2014

    Mobile group Three in EU court win over £1bn UK tax

    A defeat for the government in Europe’s highest court has paved the way for over £1bn of tax losses racked up by Three, the...

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  1. March 21, 2014

    Watsons: elementary, my dear

    That slow dripping sound you hear is Hong Kong investment bankers crying into their cocktails. In less than a week a city...

  2. March 21, 2014

    Li Ka-shing scraps Watsons IPO as Temasek buys $6bn stake

    Asian tycoon Li Ka-shing will sell a near 25 per cent stake in his AS Watson health and beauty chain to Singapore’s Temasek...

  3. March 18, 2014

    Watsons aims for dual London-HK listing

    Li Ka-shing’s high street health and beauty chain is likely to choose London and Hong Kong for its $5bn-plus share sale, but...

  4. March 6, 2014

    Telecoms chiefs urge EU to reform competition rules

    Chief executives of Europe’s major telecoms groups have written to the European Commission to ask for an easing of...

  5. March 3, 2014

    Hutchison Whampoa: structural change

    When considering a conglomerate with interests as varied as Hutchison Whampoa’s (ports, property, phones, pharmacies and a...

  6. February 28, 2014

    Retail group lifts Hutchison Whampoa

    Strong growth in the AS Watson retail business that is due to list later this year drove a 20 per cent jump in profits at...

  7. February 23, 2014

    Telefónica deal faces antitrust hurdle

    Telefónica’s takeover bid to become Germany’s biggest mobile operator is hitting far-reaching antitrust objections from...

  8. February 12, 2014

    India’s tax laws are deterring investors

    In the next three months India will hold a general election. It will be a defining moment for the country at a time of...

  9. February 3, 2014

    Three Ireland to offer ‘remedies’ for O2 deal

    Hutchison Whampoa’s Irish mobile division said on Monday it would offer “strong and effective remedies” to allay the...

  10. February 2, 2014

    Rule of Three comes good by playing the long game

    Not so long ago Three, the British mobile group, was easily dismissed as cheap but rarely cheerful for the many customers...

  11. February 2, 2014

    EE and Three cost-sharing spurs 4G drive

    EE and Three have struck a network-sharing deal for the next stage of the rollout of superfast mobile broadband, with the...

  12. December 22, 2013

    Wind of change blows for VimpelCom’s Italian unit

    VimpelCom is reviewing the future of its Italian mobile phone business including a possible sale or merger, or a refinancing...

  13. December 4, 2013

    Mobile operator Three scraps US roaming costs

    Three, the British mobile operator, will stop charging customers extra for using their mobile phones in the US as part of a...

  14. November 17, 2013

    Conglomerates: Hutchison, Jardines and Swire continue to dominate

    For a territory whose economic might was founded on trading, the fact that trading conglomerates rule its daily life will...

  15. October 30, 2013

    Telecoms: Price wars take their toll on operators’ bottom line

    It has been a year of big developments in Europe’s most cut-throat telecoms market. In January, after months of wrangling...

  16. October 20, 2013

    Li’s rumoured Hong Kong asset sales keep businesses guessing

    Li Ka-shing can still create waves in Hong Kong. The octogenarian one-time “superman” of Asia’s tycoon elite might have lost...

  17. October 14, 2013

    Asian tycoons look to spin off underperforming businesses

    One is a tall, suave francophone African living in London; the other a small, octogenarian multibillionaire from Hong Kong....

  18. October 1, 2013

    Hong Kong companies: control freaks

    Make a note of these names: Wharf Holdings, Henderson Land and Hang Lung. In 1987, these Hong Kong giants were among those...

  19. September 18, 2013

    Mobile group Three taps large tax credit

    British telecoms group Three has booked a tax credit almost 10 times the company’s annual pre-tax profit, paving the way for...

  20. August 21, 2013

    China Resources bids for ParknShop

    China Resources has bid for ParknShop, the Hong Kong supermarket chain controlled by Asia’s richest man, the mainland...

  21. August 16, 2013

    ParknShop attracts buyers in the $4bn range

    ParknShop has attracted seven takeover bids in the $3bn-$4bn range from private equity and strategic buyers including...

  22. August 15, 2013

    Swire Pacific: Hong Kong conglomerates

    Mixing Campbell’s soup, Coca-Cola and Dulux paint sounds like a bungled homage to Andy Warhol, or simply a very sticky mess....

  23. August 11, 2013

    Hutchison: ParknShop around

    Pick an international supermarket chain or private equity group and scan the Hong Kong press. The chances are it will have...

  24. August 11, 2013

    China trips up retail grocery chains

    If Tesco’s joint venture with China Resources is an admission of defeat for the UK supermarket group in the world’s...

  25. August 7, 2013

    VimpelCom in talks over Italian mobile market consolidation

    VimpelCom has held discussions with rivals about consolidation in the Italian mobile market as it looks to build core...

  26. August 2, 2013

    Telecom Italia writes down a further €2.2bn

    Telecom Italia has had to write down a further €2.2bn in goodwill for the first half of the year but denied that it would be...

  27. August 1, 2013

    Three sets its sights on 4G as profits hit £86m

    Three, the British mobile operator owned by Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa, more than trebled its operating profit to £86m in...

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    August 1, 2013

    Hutchison Whampoa: never mind Li's evasiveness - look at the results

    Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man, cancelled his conglomerate’s planned interim results press conference on Thursday for the...

  29. July 3, 2013

    Gulf Keystone appoints Simon Murray as chairman

    Oil company Gulf Keystone has named Simon Murray, the former French Foreign legionnaire who chaired Glencore in the run-up...

  30. June 25, 2013

    Hutchison Whampoa: hidden treasure

    Hutchison who? That will not be entirely fair: the Hong Kong conglomerate’s investors know roughly what they own. But they...

  31. June 24, 2013

    Hutchison Whampoa buys Telefónica’s Irish O2 business

    Hong Kong’s Hutchison Whampoa has bought Telefónica’s Irish mobileI phone operator O2 for €850m and announced plans to merge...

  32. June 2, 2013

    Telefónica eyes sale of O2 Ireland operation

    Telefónica is mulling a potential sale or merger of its Irish business after receiving expressions of interest from...

  33. May 30, 2013

    Telecom Italia agrees to separate fixed-line network

    Telecom Italia has agreed to separate its fixed-line network into a new business as the group continues to consider a...

  34. May 7, 2013

    Hong Kong dockers accept pay rise and end strike action

    A month-long strike that pitted Hong Kong dock workers against Asia’s richest man has ended with the strikers accepting a...

  35. April 26, 2013

    Dock strike casts light on Hong Kong inequality

    Asia’s richest man is under siege. At the foot of the gleaming Cheung Kong centre, home to Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg and the...

  36. April 22, 2013

    Hong Kong port strike

    Put together Asia’s richest man, the world’s third-biggest container port and a bitter strike now in its fourth week, and a...

  37. beyondbrics

    April 19, 2013

    Sinopec rides Asia bond boom

    Sinopec has taken advantage of a huge demand for Asian debt by selling the second biggest ever US dollar bond deal in the...

  38. April 8, 2013

    Telecom Italia: embryonic talks

    Could another piece of consolidation in Europe’s fragmented telecoms sector be on the cards? Telecom Italia confirmed on...

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