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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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