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  1. September 4, 2014

    Diageo’s emerging market woes deepen

    Diageo’s emerging markets headache worsened after United Spirits, the Indian drinks company it controls posted a Rs44bn...

  2. September 2, 2014

    Vijay Mallya feels full force of frustration within India’s banks

    In January 2012 – when India’s ailing Kingfisher Airlines urgently needed cash for jet fuel to keep its aircraft flying –...

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  1. September 1, 2014

    Vijay Mallya declared ‘wilful defaulter’ by United Bank of India

    Vijay Mallya, the Indian liquor baron once known as the King of Good Times, was on Monday declared a “wilful defaulter” by...

  2. FT Alphaville

    September 1, 2014

    King of good times a wilful defaulter, according to sources in the know

    And if you don’t believe United Bank of India about the first bit, just browse through F1-owning drink mogul Vijay Mallya’s...

  3. February 10, 2014

    Indian airline entrepreneurs face bumpy ride

    Since New Delhi decided to allow foreign airlines to own stakes in Indian domestic carriers 17 months ago, Etihad, AirAsia...

  4. February 10, 2014

    Optimism about aviation markets tempered by Asian jitters

    Asia’s growing middle classes and their desire to travel are making the region home to some of the world’s fastest expanding...

  5. December 21, 2013

    Court overrules Diageo’s Indian share purchase

    Diageo’s efforts to develop its presence in India’s large and growing whisky market face a major hurdle with an Indian court...

  6. beyondbrics

    December 11, 2013

    Heineken: top dog at UB - what now for Mallya?

    Once the self-proclaimed “King of Good Times”, flamboyant Indian bmillionaire tycoon Vijay Mallya has seen his airline...

  7. August 12, 2013

    State Bank of India reports rise in bad loans as economy slows

    State Bank of India, the country’s largest lender by assets, reported disappointing first-quarter figures on Monday, as a...

  8. August 12, 2013

    Creditors slap competing claims on Kingfisher Airlines

    Indian banks owed about $1.4bn by Kingfisher Airlines have taped a notice on its headquarters, claiming the building was to...

  9. July 16, 2013

    Bad loans cast long shadow over Indian banks

    Growing concerns about bank asset quality, hidden bad loans and a general lack of transparency, all set against the backdrop...

  10. beyondbrics

    July 12, 2013

    India's 'King of Good Times' faces takeover talk

    Shares in Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers (Mangalore Chemicals) hit a record high on Thursday, soaring 10 per cent to...

  11. beyondbrics

    May 16, 2013

    Yet another scandal hits India's IPL

    Bad news can be especially wearing when it comes as no surprise – when it is met with tired acceptance. So while some...

  12. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2013

    India: UB shares rally (mysteriously) on Heineken holding reshuffle

    There’s nowt as queer as folk – or in this case Mumbai investors. Shares in United Breweries rallied a full 6.3 per cent on...

  13. beyondbrics

    April 24, 2013

    Jet-Etihad deal: Air India the loser

    After months in the pipeline, a deal has finally been announced between India’s Jet Airways and Etihad. The UAE’s national...

  14. April 14, 2013

    Indian Premier League faces brand battle

    The sight of Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting flying through the air to take a dramatic one-handed catch brought a stadium...

  15. March 31, 2013

    Fight looms over United Spirits cash

    A legal dogfight looms over part of the £1.3bn cash Diageo is paying for United Spirits, the Indian drinks group owned by...

  16. March 17, 2013

    India bank head urges US-style bankruptcy

    Indian regulators should introduce a US-style “Chapter 11” bankruptcy law to help recover bad debts and end long-running...

  17. March 14, 2013

    Force India: Financial woes fail to dent Vijay Mallya’s F1 racing ambitions

    Not so long ago, Vijay Mallya spent $1.8m on the eyeglasses and pocketwatch once owned by Mahatma Gandhi, along with the...

  18. February 21, 2013

    Foreign airlines see beyond clouds in India

    India’s private airlines were once seen as a bright symbol of their country’s modernisation, as their rapid expansion...

  19. beyondbrics

    February 16, 2013

    Weekender, February 16

    The week in emerging markets, featuring: our top 10, five things we have learned, and the week in one chart – this week,...

  20. beyondbrics

    February 13, 2013

    End of the line for Kingfisher Airlines?

    Luxurious homes around the world, highly collectable cars, a stud farm, some very classy yachts famous for their “king sized...

  21. February 10, 2013

    Grounded Kingfisher hopes for reprieve

    India’s Kingfisher Airlines are grounded and its leased planes are being seized by angry creditors, but there is little sign...

  22. beyondbrics

    February 5, 2013

    Kingfisher Airlines: caveat emptor

    embed1 What kind of financial results would you expect from a grounded airline with piles of debt and a fuming workforce?...

  23. beyondbrics

    February 5, 2013

    London headlines

    * Petrobras caps poor year with income surge * Yum 2013 profits eaten into by China concerns * Turkish PM casts doubt on...

  24. January 20, 2013

    Skirmish over grounded Kingfisher jets

    Companies that leased aircraft to Kingfisher, the grounded airline founded by drinks baron Vijay Mallya, are facing a tough...

  25. beyondbrics

    January 11, 2013

    Indian aviation: choose your partners

    “Malaysian beauty in search of an Indian partner to start a family with.” “Impoverished Indian gentleman with a battered...

  26. beyondbrics

    December 13, 2012

    Kingfisher / Etihad: a brave investment

    If Vijay Mallya pulls this off it will be a moment of magic and/or poor judgement. Etihad Airways, the Gulf carrier, is on...

  27. December 11, 2012

    Etihad eyes stakes in two Indian airlines

    Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has identified two Indian airlines as potential targets for investment, its chief executive said,...

  28. November 26, 2012

    India’s Lanco turns to China for funding

    Indian power group Lanco Infratech plans to raise as much as $2bn from China for new projects, in a further sign that...

  29. beyondbrics

    November 23, 2012

    Jet Airways: flying high

    embed1 Shares in Jet Airways, the Indian airline, soared by up to 15 per cent on Friday amid speculation that the company is...

  30. November 13, 2012

    Banks in India battle with corporate debt

    On a Friday evening in late spring, representatives of Standard Chartered, the biggest international bank in India, headed...

  31. beyondbrics

    November 12, 2012

    Mallya’s Spirits run high

    Shares in United Spirits rallied 34.7 per cent on Monday reaching a multi-year high of 1,832.95 rupees, in a wave of relief...

  32. beyondbrics

    November 10, 2012

    The weekender, November 10

    Catch up with the week on beyondbrics, with the ten most popular stories from the blog, a few things we’ve learnt, and a...

  33. November 9, 2012

    Beer and liquor baron gives up control

    Known as India’s “King of the Good Times,” Vijay Mallya, the beer and liquor baron, is one of his country’s most colourful...

  34. November 9, 2012

    Diageo – passage to India

    A marriage of convenience or the start of a long-term relationship? Diageo shareholders will be hoping for the latter as...

  35. beyondbrics

    November 9, 2012

    New York headlines

    * Lonmin rejects takeover bid by Xstrata * Inflation fall gives China room to expand * Diageo’s lifeline: will it save...

  36. beyondbrics

    November 9, 2012

    Diageo's lifeline: will it save Kingfisher?

    It looks like Vijay Mallya may finally have been thrown a lifeline for his embattled Kingfisher Airlines. But will it be...

  37. beyondbrics

    November 8, 2012

    New York headlines

    * China prepares to unveil new leaders * China calls for energy conservation * YPF profits plunge on higher costs *...

  38. beyondbrics

    November 8, 2012

    Kingfisher: losses widen as company sits in 'holding pattern'

    Another quarter, another bad loss for India’s embattled Kingfisher Airlines. Billionaire Millionaire liquor baron Vijay...

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