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    1. June 17, 2015

      Noble Group chief hits back at critics

      Noble Group’s chief executive has become embroiled in a war of words with one of the company’s fiercest critics, as the...

    2. June 11, 2015

      Noble Group at risk of being downgraded by S&P to junk status

      Noble Group, the Asian commodities trader that is under fire over its accounting practices, has been put on notice by...

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    1. Special Report: Boldness in Business 2012

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    1. June 3, 2015

      Focus Media set for China backdoor listing

      Focus Media Holding, a Chinese billboard company that abandoned its New York listing after an attack by a prominent...

    2. May 5, 2015

      Noble sees $1bn rise in net debt amid profits recovery

      Noble Group, the commodities trader facing allegations of aggressive book keeping, brushed aside concerns about a 22...

    3. April 13, 2015

      Noble’s chairman should not be on key committee, says proxy firm

      Noble Group, the trader accused of aggressive accounting practices, should make major changes to a key board committee...

    4. FT Alphaville

      April 9, 2015

      Spotting lies, and the lying liars who layer them

      Can you spot a lie? What about a half-truth, a sin of omission or the telling smirk of someone who thinks they got away...

    5. April 9, 2015

      Noble Group comes out swinging after fresh attack

      Noble Group has come out fighting against an attack by Muddy Waters, calling the US-based short seller’s report...

    6. March 20, 2015

      Music venues can’t get no satisfaction

      In the crimson, cavernous interior of the 100 Club, Jeff Horton points to a scuffed platform, clad with pieces of duct...

    7. March 5, 2015

      Noble vows greater transparency in defence of accounting methods

      Noble Group, Asia’s biggest commodities trader by sales, has promised greater transparency as it mounted a robust...

    8. March 2, 2015

      Noble chairman increases his stake

      The chairman and founder of Noble Group has increased his shareholding in the commodity trader as it attempts to deal...

    9. February 17, 2015

      Short seller Muddy Waters bets long on Vincent Bolloré

      Muddy Waters, one of the world’s best-known short sellers, has taken its first public long position — saying that the...

    10. December 16, 2014

      Olam buys Archer Daniels Midland’s cocoa business for $1.3bn

      Olam is buying the cocoa business of Archer Daniels Midland for $1.3bn, in the biggest deal by the Singaporean...

    11. November 5, 2014

      Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Hammersmith Apollo, London – review

      Like the Bosphorus, east and west meet in Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens. The passage hasn’t always been smooth....

    12. October 8, 2014

      Olam looks to co-invest in Africa

      Olam, one of the world’s biggest traders of rice, cocoa and coffee, is searching for strategic partners so that it can...

    13. September 10, 2014

      Morgan Stanley backs Tianhe amid fraud allegations

      Morgan Stanley’s private equity arm is standing “resolutely” by its $700m investment in Tianhe Chemicals, as the...

    14. May 20, 2014

      Sino-Forest creditors sue ex-chief for C$3bn over alleged fraud

      The creditors of collapsed Chinese forestry group Sino-Forest have sued Allen Chan Tak-yuen, the company’s former...

    15. FT Alphaville

      March 28, 2014

      A defense of occasional slow disclosure

      Some lawmakers are calling on the SEC to look at the disclosure rules for activist hedge funds, according to the Wall...

    16. March 14, 2014

      Temasek unit makes cash offer for Olam

      A consortium led by Temasek, Singapore’s state investment agency, has made a cash offer for Olam that values the...

    17. February 4, 2014

      Muddy Waters rode shorting wave on Blinkx shares

      Carson Block, the investor known for betting against shares in Chinese companies, revealed on Tuesday that he had...

    18. FT Alphaville

      January 14, 2014

      Stop the frauds, an additional auditor option

      How might Chinese fraudsters be stopped? SkyTides, an investment firm started by a former auditor, has a suggestion:...

    19. beyondbrics

      November 1, 2013

      Qunar share price surge on IPO debut [updated]

      Who’s afraid of investing in small Chinese companies? Not US investors. Shares in Qunar, a popular travel website owned...

    20. November 1, 2013

      Southern Cross the Dog, by Bill Cheng

      Southern Cross the Dog, by Bill Cheng, Picador, RRP£14.99 / Ecco, RRP$25.99, 336 pages William Styron might be rolling...

    21. beyondbrics

      October 31, 2013

      About those US-listed Chinese IPOs...

      Are US-listed Chinese stocks back? Judging by the 42 per cent share price pop enjoyed by 58.com on its first day of...

    22. October 31, 2013

      China’s answer to Craigslist surges on US debut

      58.com, China’s answer to Craigslist, surged nearly 42 per cent to $24.12 in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange...

    23. October 28, 2013

      NQ: Counting the cash

      Remember that heart-stopping fear when you reach for your wallet and find that it is missing? Investor emotions when...

    24. August 23, 2013

      Mississippi Blues Trail harnesses history for heritage tourism

      In Tupelo, you can see the house where Elvis was born. In Clarksdale, you can visit the cabin where Muddy Waters was...

    25. July 21, 2013

      Short-sellers: sound and fury

      Rebellion is hard to keep up. Biting the head off a bat on stage works brilliantly. But how to follow up? The...

    26. April 25, 2013

      Olam slashes spending in strategic review

      Olam, the Asian commodities trading house, sought to draw a line under five months of uncertainty by scaling back its...

    27. beyondbrics

      April 17, 2013

      Wilmar sees African sweet spot

      Asia’s footprint in Africa’s commodity-rich economies has been growing, with Singapore-listed companies among the...

    28. April 16, 2013

      Accounting: Stalking the Big Four

      When Zhang Ke left Coopers & Lybrand in 1999 to set up his own accounting firm, some doubted the upstart would survive....

    29. beyondbrics

      February 25, 2013

      China: web games company tests the water for US float

      A web games company is about to test the appetite for Chinese floats in the US in one of the first such deals since the...

    30. beyondbrics

      February 12, 2013

      Olam in Africa: branching out

      Olam, the Asian agribusiness, is looking to test out an ambitious diversification plan in Africa. In a way, it...

    31. February 11, 2013

      Short sellers hunt profits in Hong Kong

      Short sellers and analysts are increasingly turning their attention to Chinese stocks listed in Hong Kong in the hunt...

    32. February 7, 2013

      Olam’s strategy takes note of criticisms

      Olam, the Asian agribusiness, conceded that last year’s attacks by a prominent US short seller had hit home as the...

    33. January 8, 2013

      Zoomlion denies falsely inflating sales

      Zoomlion has denied allegations that it falsely inflated sales by recognising prospective and even fictitious revenues...

    34. December 7, 2012

      Letter from Lex – Christmas shopping

      Some companies have started their Christmas shopping early. Baxter spent $4bn buying Swedish dialysis-product maker...

    35. December 7, 2012

      Block shows off his righteous side

      It is barely two years since Carson Block set up Muddy Waters and made a splash by publicly damning Chinese companies...

    36. FT Alphaville

      December 6, 2012

      It's a tough short life

      Muddy Waters’ Carson Block has made some big claims about the companies he and his colleagues have targeted and...

    37. December 5, 2012

      Olam faces questions despite fundraising

      Is Olam, the Singapore agribusiness, out of the woods? Two weeks into a bruising battle against US short seller Carson...

    38. beyondbrics

      December 5, 2012

      Further reading: everything but the kitchen sink

      Wednesday’s picks from the BB team: Myanmar’s rapid shift to democracy; Bulgaria as an island of stability in Europe;...

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