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    1. April 2, 2016

      Foxconn seals $3.5bn takeover of Sharp

      SAKAI, Japan, April 2 — Foxconn and Sharp have formally signed a long-awaited deal that would see the Taiwan group take...

    2. March 31, 2016

      Foxconn holds out to win Sharp power game

      For the hard-hitting Taiwanese tycoon Terry Gou, sealing a Y388bn ($3.5bn) takeover of the Japanese television...

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    1. March 30, 2016

      Foxconn seals $3.5bn Sharp takeover

      Sharp, a pioneer of the once-mighty Japanese electronics industry, has been taken over at a knockdown price by...

    2. March 30, 2016

      Hon Hai/Sharp: not the end of the affair

      Romantic fiction demands that stubborn suitors be rewarded for persistence. Hon Hai of Taiwan first revealed its...

    3. March 30, 2016

      Foxconn looks to cut $2bn from deal for Sharp

      Foxconn and Sharp will both hold board meetings on Wednesday in an attempt to close a chaotic takeover deal after tough...

    4. March 20, 2016

      Foxconn in talks to lower price it pays for Sharp

      Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industries has hardened its negotiating position and discussed lowering its original $6bn...

    5. March 16, 2016

      China debt: swap shop

      Turning bad debts into equity stakes does not always make for healthier companies, richer investors, or stronger...

    6. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      Sharp slumps on reports of Hon Hai bid delay

      Shares in Sharp slumped in Tokyo this morning amid reports that Hon Hai Precision Industry might delay finalising its...

    7. March 8, 2016

      Tears in Tokyo as old rules of business shift

      The view from the boardroom of Nihon M&A Center is a glorious urban sweep that brings in the Bank of Japan, the...

    8. March 4, 2016

      Foxconn’s Gou determined not to lose Sharp

      For an executive with a reputation as a control freak, Terry Gou corralled an astonishingly large battalion of advisers...

    9. February 26, 2016

      Sharp looks to dispel Foxconn concerns over stalled $6bn takeover

      Sharp has moved to dispel concerns about potential new liabilities a day after Foxconn put on hold a $6bn deal to...

    10. February 26, 2016

      Foxconn stalls at last minute in $6bn takeover of Sharp 

      Talks for Foxconn’s $6bn takeover of Sharp have stalled after the Apple supplier postponed signing a deal only hours...

    11. February 25, 2016

      Sharp/Hon Hai: erring twice

      To commit a mistake and not correct it is to commit another mistake, opined Confucius. Hon Hai’s chairman Terry Gou...

    12. February 10, 2016

      Sharp’s rescue sets a test for Japanese openness

      Japan has been moving slowly to introduce a more explicitly western style of corporate governance. Old habits, however,...

    13. February 5, 2016

      Hon Hai/Sharp: badly screened

      Sharp move. This week, struggling Japanese electronics company Sharp promoted Hon Hai to the front of the queue in its...

    14. February 4, 2016

      Hon Hai ahead in race to acquire Sharp

      Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry has emerged as a surprise frontrunner in the takeover battle over Sharp that has...

    15. January 29, 2016

      Foxconn set to raise Sharp bid to Y700bn

      The battle to acquire Sharp is set to rumble on as Hon Hai Precision Industry — better known as Foxconn — plans to...

    16. January 27, 2016

      Foxconn’s Terry Gou appeals to Tokyo over $5.1bn Sharp bid

      The takeover battle over troubled electronics maker Sharp has intensified after Terry Gou, founder and chairman of...

    17. January 26, 2016

      Protectionism at play in Sharp takeover drama

      For the first time in a long while, it looked like investors in Sharp had reason to cheer. Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision...

    18. January 22, 2016

      Foxconn bid for Sharp is part of strategy to diversify

      A clue to the logic behind Hon Hai Precision Industry’s Y600bn ($5.1bn) bid for Sharp, the struggling Japanese...

    19. January 21, 2016

      Sharp is the target of $5.1bn bidding war

      Struggling electronics group Sharp has become the object of a bidding war between Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry...

    20. January 4, 2016

      Japan Inc: new year, old habits

      In Japan, ailing companies die as hard as old habits. On Monday, shares in Japanese airbag maker Takata jumped as much...

    21. December 28, 2015

      Sharp shares rally after interest from Foxconn founder

      Sharp’s share price jumped 7 per cent in Tokyo on Monday after the chief executive of Foxconn said he could turn the...

    22. November 18, 2015

      Sharp tells workers to buy company goods

      First it cut wages but Sharp has a new demand for long-suffering employees: the struggling electronics group has set...

    23. October 20, 2015

      Government fund urges Japan auto industry shake-up

      The head of a Japanese government investment fund and a shareholder in a key Apple supplier is looking to trigger a...

    24. September 25, 2015

      Sharp shares nosedive on profit warning despite Foxconn rumours

      Shares in Sharp nosedived to a four-decade low after the supplier of screens to Apple and other smartphone makers...

    25. September 21, 2015

      Hon Hai: the point of Sharp

      It is hard to be profitable supplying to Apple, no matter how superior one’s technology. Japan’s Sharp, maker of device...

    26. July 31, 2015

      Japan’s Sharp to quit North America TV market

      Sharp is to pull out of the North American television market and will consider spinning off its display business as a...

    27. June 26, 2015

      Sony chief Hirai re-elected after year of challenges

      Kazuo Hirai, Sony chief executive, won a solid vote of confidence in his turnround strategy, as shareholders looked...

    28. May 15, 2015

      Sharp under fire over restructuring plan

      Sharp undertakes another restructuring Three years ago when Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi merged their struggling display...

    29. May 14, 2015

      Sharp warns on ability to stay afloat after $1.9bn loss

      Sharp undertakes another restructuring Sharp, a century-old stalwart of corporate Japan, has unveiled an annual loss of...

    30. May 14, 2015

      Sharp: die another day

      Surely it would be hard to disappoint a market already expecting the worst. And yet, on Thursday, Sharp redefined the...

    31. May 11, 2015

      Sharp: screen test

      Sometimes the best course of action is to do nothing. In the case of Sharp this is untrue. And true at the same time....

    32. May 11, 2015

      Sharp lines up measures to regain its edge

      Less than three years after its last bailout, Sharp is in deep trouble yet again. Shares in the Japanese panel maker...

    33. April 6, 2015

      Japan tech: the sun rises again

      Olympus has fallen. So have Canon, Sharp and various other former giants. Japanese consumer electronics once dominated....

    34. March 3, 2015

      Japanese electronics: beauty and the beast

      In the short run, the market is a beauty contest. In the long run, victory goes to those who can win ugly. The contrast...

    35. March 3, 2015

      Threat of losses takes edge off Sharp shares

      Fears of ballooning losses sent shares in Sharp down nearly 10 per cent as the troubled Japanese display maker...

    36. February 3, 2015

      Profit proves fleeting for Japan’s Sharp

      Sharp, the struggling supplier to Apple, has warned that it will once again become loss-making as its smartphone...

    37. January 19, 2015

      Shares sink as Sharp warns on earnings

      Investor confidence in Sharp was dented after the Japanese supplier to Apple warned it may fall short of full-year...

    38. January 7, 2015

      Currency swings pose challenges for Asian groups

      Viewed from the South Korean port of Ulsan, home to the world’s largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, it is...

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