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    1. August 8, 2014

      Telecom triopolies set the watchdogs’ alarm bells ringing

      There are some circumstances in which it is unquestionably better to have four than three. Attempting to play bridge, mixed...

    2. August 3, 2014

      Cheung Kong: reach for the sky

      In the post-crisis era, the hunt for high returning investments has been akin to stalking a sabre-toothed cat: there are no...

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    1. Doing Business in Hong Kong

      Hong Kong is still an attractive place to work, but it is grappling with a number of p...
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    1. July 2, 2014

      Telecoms executives cheer Brussels’ antitrust decision on E-Plus

      Telecoms executives in Europe are cheering Brussels’ decision to remove a mobile network operator from as large a country as...

    2. June 10, 2014

      Moody’s questions benefits of telecoms mergers

      Moody’s, the rating agency, warned that the telecoms industry could see limited benefits from sector consolidation because...

    3. May 29, 2014

      Irish telecoms merger meets opposition despite EU approval

      A closely scrutinised merger between two telecoms groups in Ireland has met with opposition from both the national regulator...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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....

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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....

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. beyondbrics

      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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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