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    1. beyondbrics

      August 28, 2014

      Kookmin gets off lightly in South Korea's latest banking scandal

      Investors should be extra careful about betting on South Korean banks, given the sector’s frequent internal strife and...

    2. August 27, 2014

      South Korea probes banks over interest rates collusion

      South Korea’s competition watchdog is investigating the country’s four largest commercial banks over possible interest rates...

    1. April 8, 2014

      Citigroup to close swath of South Korean retail branches

      Citigroup plans to close nearly 30 per cent of its retail branches in South Korea as its revenues and profits in the country...

    2. December 17, 2013

      South Korean banks struggle to gain a foothold abroad

      By Song Jung-a in Seoul South Korean banks have every incentive to expand overseas: the government is supportive and...

    3. beyondbrics

      April 23, 2013

      Korean banks: not travelling so well

      Many Korean banks, hard pressed to find growth at home, have tried to expand into emerging markets across Asia, their main...

    4. beyondbrics

      February 18, 2013

      Korean covered bonds: false start?

      Korea Housing Finance Corp will hit the road this week to sell a benchmark-sized international covered bond. It’s not the...

    5. November 19, 2012

      Seoul leads in covered bonds legislation

      South Korea is leading Asian peers in setting up a statutory framework for covered bonds, aiming to boost financial...

    6. October 3, 2012

      S Korean start-ups seek level playing field

      In South Korea, the popular image of a start-up company is not a group of ambitious youngsters with laptops in a garage, but...

    7. beyondbrics

      May 29, 2012

      Korea: Lone Star seeks damages

      There was relief all round last year when Lone Star finally sealed a $3.45bn deal to sell Korea Exchange Bank to Hana...

    8. December 2, 2011

      Lone Star agrees to cut price of KEB sale

      Lone Star has agreed to cut the sale price of Korea Exchange Bank to Hana Financial Group by 11 per cent under mounting...

    9. beyondbrics

      November 18, 2011

      Lone Star: goodbye Korea, at last

      Bloomberg There must be sighs of relief all round at Lone Star, the US private equity fund, now that it can finally sell out...

    10. August 1, 2011

      Lone Star struggles with Seoul to shed KEB

      Watching the tortuous saga of Lone Star’s attempts to sell Korea Exchange Bank, investors could be forgiven for believing...

    11. July 2, 2011

      Lone Star secures dividend from KEB

      Lone Star has secured Won496.8bn ($466.6m) in interim dividends from Korea Exchange Bank, allowing the US private equity...

    12. June 21, 2011

      Bid for Fosters helps lift Australian equities

      An easing of concerns over the Greek debt crisis, plus a $10bn takeover bid in the drinks sector, helped stock markets in...

    13. May 10, 2011

      Seoul agonises over banks’ ownership

      After years of confusion about its banking policy, South Korea is about to make crucial decisions on the ownership of two of...

    14. September 16, 2010

      Shinhan tests mettle of S Korea regulators

      An escalating scandal at South Korea’s Shinhan Financial Group is being viewed as a test for corporate governance and...

    15. August 21, 2010

      S Korean regulator punishes Kookmin officials

      South Korea’s financial regulators have punished Kookmin Bank and its current and former officials for decisions that led to...

    16. June 30, 2010

      SMFG buys stake in Kotak Mahindra

      Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group has agreed to buy a 4.5 per cent stake in India’s fourth-largest private bank, the first...

    17. June 16, 2010

      KB poised to bid for rival

      KB Financial named yesterday a close ally of South Korea's president as its new head, a move that is expected to lead to the...

    18. FT Alphaville

      June 15, 2010

      KB Financial appoints state ally as chairman

      KB Financial has appointed a close ally of the South Korean president as its new head, paving the way for the country’s...

    19. June 15, 2010

      KB Financial poised to bid for rival

      KB Financial named on Tuesday a close ally of South Korea’s president as its new head, a move that is expected to lead to...

    20. June 7, 2010

      Asian stocks fall on weak US jobs data

      Asian stocks endured another brutal session of selling on Monday, slumping to their worst daily performance in more than 14...

    21. May 26, 2010

      Prices plunge on military and banking fears

      Asia's punch-drunk equity markets were again left reeling yesterday as tensions over a Korean military crisis and worries...

    22. May 25, 2010

      Asian stocks falter on eurozone fears

      Asia’s punch-drunk equity markets were again left reeling on Tuesday as tensions over a Korean military crisis and worries...

    23. May 17, 2010

      Seoul vows not to let hostility affect KEB sale

      Public hostility to the takeover of local banks by foreign investors will not be allowed to disrupt the proposed $4bn sale...

    24. May 16, 2010

      Seoul vows not to let hostility affect KEB sale

      Public hostility to the takeover of local banks by foreign investors will not be allowed to disrupt the proposed $4bn sale...

    25. April 22, 2010

      Lone Star restarts sale of KEB stake

      Lone Star, the US private equity fund, has resumed a sale process for its controlling stake in Korea Exchange Bank, hoping...

    26. April 21, 2010

      Lone Star restarts sale of KEB stake

      Lone Star, the US private equity fund, has resumed a sale process for its controlling stake in Korea Exchange Bank, hoping...

    27. March 10, 2010

      Lone Star set to revive KEB stake sale

      Lone Star, the US private equity fund, is set to restart the sale process of its controlling stake in Korea Exchange Bank,...

    28. February 11, 2010

      Lone Star expects to offload stake in KEB

      Lone Star expects to sell its majority stake in Korea Exchange Bank in the next six months, ending one of Asia's most...

    29. February 10, 2010

      Lone Star lines up deal for Korea’s KEB

      Lone Star is expected to sell its stake in Korea Exchange Bank in the next six months, ending one of Asia’s most...

    30. January 19, 2010

      Cautious session for Asian markets

      Asian stock markets put in cautious performances yesterday as investors kept a wary eye on forthcoming US earnings reports...

    31. December 31, 2009

      S Korean bank chairman-elect resigns

      The chairman-elect of KB Financial Group, South Korea’s top financial services company, on Thursday stepped down, sparking...

    32. November 24, 2009

      Kumho picks preferred bidders for Daewoo stake

      A consortium led by an Abu Dhabi investment fund and a group led by a US builder were yesterday selected as preferred...

    33. November 23, 2009

      Kumho selects buyers for Daewoo Engineering

      A consortium led by an Abu Dhabi investment fund and a group led by a US builder were on Monday selected as preferred...

    34. September 2, 2009

      Ex-Woori head faces threat of punishment

      South Korean regulators will decide on Thursday Hwang Young-key, chairman of KB Financial Group, was under investigation for...

    35. August 23, 2009

      Foreign funds flow into South Korea

      Foreign investors are being lured back to South Korea’s stock market as Asia’s fourth-largest economy recovers faster than...

    36. August 20, 2009

      S Korea set for private bad bank

      Six of South Korea’s leading banks on Thursday signed a preliminary deal to set up a private bad bank, in an attempt to...

    37. August 12, 2009

      Chinese stocks hit four-week lows

      Chinese stocks closed at their lowest levels in four weeks on Wednesday as investors continued to fret that the stock market...

    38. August 10, 2009

      Asia-Pacific sees record bond issues

      Asia-Pacific companies have been issuing bonds in international markets at the fastest pace since at least 2003 as they...

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