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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. December 26, 2013

    South Korean private equity flourishes as foreign rivals fade

    Nearly a decade after South Korea’s first private equity fund was set up, local funds are emerging as leading players in the...

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    As manufacturing conglomerates’ contribution to the economy decreases, South Korea is ...
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  1. November 5, 2013

    Seoul urged to step back to let banking flourish

    As South Korea hauled itself up the development ladder from the 1960s onward, its economic model laid out a clear role for...

  2. June 18, 2013

    Nanyang looks to the Marshall school in the US for its next dean

    Nanyang Business School in Singapore has appointed a professor from the Marshall school at the University of Southern...

  3. beyondbrics

    August 24, 2012

    Island dispute: S Korean bank cashes in

    By Simon Mundy and Laeticia Ock The resurgence this summer of a long-standing argument between Japan and South Korea, over...

  4. 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...

  5. beyondbrics

    March 28, 2012

    S Korea banks: the allure of overseas

    Can South Korean banks become regional players, let alone global giants? More of them are now looking to enter foreign...

  6. March 8, 2012

    Asian stocks rally on US job hopes

    Asian stocks were lifted by improving prospects for a Greek debt swap deal and a recovery in the US labour market, while a...

  7. January 30, 2012

    China property lower as Asian shares fall

    Asian shares started the week softer ahead of a European summit on the region’s debt crisis and after fourth-quarter GDP...

  8. December 28, 2011

    Sydney shares falls as gold miners lose ground

    Asian shares had a tough session with stocks in Australia falling heavily as miners lost ground after losses on commodity...

  9. 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...

  10. November 21, 2011

    Hong Kong property leads decline

    Asian equities fell with Hong Kong property stocks and commodity producers leading the decline as sentiment was weighed by...

  11. November 21, 2011

    Belgium downgrade reverses rally

    Friday 18.45 GMT. Global stocks have recorded their tenth consecutive daily decline after a Wall Street rally fizzled on...

  12. 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...

  13. October 20, 2011

    Seoul shares slide as foreign selling intensifies

    Seoul stocks endured a late sell-off that left the Kospi Composite one of the Asia-Pacific region’s worst performing indexes...

  14. October 6, 2011

    Lone Star found guilty of stock manipulation

    A South Korean court has found Lone Star guilty of stock price manipulation and fined the US private equity fund Won25bn...

  15. October 2, 2011

    A different venture

    Five years ago, Byeon Yang-ho was often taken out of his jail cell at 10am to be grilled by the central investigation unit,...

  16. FT Alphaville

    September 20, 2011

    Overnight markets: Down

    Financial shares remained under pressure as investors were worried about a possible credit crunch amid the escalating debt...

  17. 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...

  18. FT Alphaville

    July 12, 2011

    Volte-face on won as Seoul fights inflation

    First the Brazilian real, now the South Korean won has hit multi-year highs. The reason? Seoul has performed an about-turn...

  19. July 11, 2011

    Volte-face on won as Seoul fights inflation

    First the Brazilian real, now the South Korean won has hit multi-year highs. The reason? Seoul has performed an about-turn...

  20. beyondbrics

    July 5, 2011

    South Korea: time to end KEB saga

    South Korean regulators are up in arms over Lone Star’s record dividend from Korea Exchange Bank amid growing public...

  21. 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...

  22. June 14, 2011

    Seoul bans KDB from Woori bidding

    Seoul’s regulators will not allow state-run Korea Development Bank to bid for the government’s $6bn controlling stake in...

  23. June 8, 2011

    Hyundai Heavy eyes bid for Hynix

    Hyundai Heavy Industries, the world’s largest shipbuilder, is considering a bid for a controlling stake in Hynix...

  24. May 27, 2011

    Sony’s cautious outlook hits Nikkei 225

    Japanese equities made overall losses for a third consecutive week after a disappointing earnings outlook from Sony weighed...

  25. FT Alphaville

    May 27, 2011

    Europe and US worries idle Asian stocks

    Asian shares were mixed as investors continued to chew over the impact of Europe’s sovereign debt problems and slowing US...

  26. May 20, 2011

    Nikkei remains in thrall to utilities and banks

    The exposure of utility companies and banks to government plans to help Tokyo Electric Power address compensation claims...

  27. May 17, 2011

    South Korea restarts sale of biggest bank

    South Korea’s government has relaunched a long-stalled attempt to sell its 57 per cent stake in Woori Financial Group, the...

  28. 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...

  29. March 23, 2011

    IPC inks connectivity deal with Chi-East

    IPC Systems, a trading communications provider, is likely to announce further tie-ups with Asian trading venues after a...

  30. February 11, 2011

    Asian shares drop as risk appetite wanes

    Shares remained on the back foot as investors turned increasingly risk averse amid growing confusion over Egypt’s political...

  31. January 19, 2011

    Unification Church attacks Seoul skyscraper plan

    One of South Korea’s landmark foreign investment projects – a $2bn deal to build skyscrapers designed by British architect...

  32. FT Alphaville

    December 21, 2010

    Deal for Hyundai E&C collapses

    Creditors of Hyundai Engineering & Construction have decided to scrap a deal to sell their controlling stake to Hyundai...

  33. December 20, 2010

    Deal for Hyundai E&C falls through

    Creditors of Hyundai Engineering & Construction have decided to scrap a deal to sell their controlling stake to Hyundai...

  34. December 16, 2010

    S Korean private equity group targets Woori

    Vogo Fund, a South Korean private equity group, wants to take a controlling stake in Woori Financial Group, amid growing...

  35. December 13, 2010

    Asian shares gain on China rates relief

    Shanghai surged to its biggest gains in two months as resources and property stocks benefited from the decision taken by...

  36. December 13, 2010

    Investors cautious as volumes wind down

    Friday 20:45 GMT. Investors are keeping their hands in their pockets, leaving volumes to wither, as a lack of top draw...

  37. December 10, 2010

    Hana’s deal for KEB includes dividend clause

    South Korea’s Hana Financial Group has revealed a clause in its $4bn deal to buy Korea Exchange Bank from Lone Star that in...

  38. December 9, 2010

    Asian stocks buoyed by growth optimism

    Buoyant sentiment over growth lifted Asian stocks to their sixth advance in the past seven sessions on strong Japanese GDP...

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