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RRJ Capital, run by former Goldman Sachs partner Richard Ong, is in advanced talks with the embattled HNA Group Co. to lead a US$4 billion investment in Ingram Micro Inc., people familiar with the matter said.The group led by the Hong Kong-based private equity firm will invest through an HNA bond that can be converted into close to 50 per cent of Ingram Micro’s shares, the people said, asking not to be identified before the agreement, which may be signed as early as next week.
Hong Kong buyers snapped up every flat for sale in Tsuen Wan, delivering a second successful weekend for the developer that offered the project at one of the lowest prices in the district.Billion Development & Project Management sold all 216 apartments offered in the second batch of The Aurora complex, sales agents said.
Evergrande Health said on Friday it will unveil a next-generation electric vehicle at the Geneva International Motor Show in March, and will invest 6 billion yuan (US$846.4 million) in the second half this year, shrugging aside a loss of 1.98 billion yuan for the six months to June 30.The company, a listed unit of China Evergrande, China’s third-largest developer by sales, started a new energy vehicle segment only in June last year.
Wang Jiaying spends three hours on WeChat every day and knows the minutiae of her friend’s lives through their online posts. But the 45-year-old stay-at-home mom knows little about what her 18-year-old daughter is up to because the first-year university undergraduate seldom posts to the Tencent-owned social media platform.“I have never shared anything on WeChat,” said the daughter, Xue Shuoyi, who is living away from her home in Shenzhen and attending university in Guangzhou. “For me, it is…
High-end Japanese department store Takashimaya Company in a U-turn on Friday said it would continue to operate its 60,000-square metre store near Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. It had announced in late June it would close the store – its sole outlet in mainland China – on Sunday, August 25.“We previously announced that we would close Shanghai Takashimaya on Sunday, August 25. However, we have decided to continue operating the store on August 26 and thereafter,” the company said in a statement on…
Top Hong Kong developer Sun Hung Kai Properties is among companies in the running for the smallest plot of land – as big as just two-and-a-half basketball courts – the government has put on sale since 2014.Eighteen bids have been submitted for the plot, at the junction of King Sau Lane and King Fung Path in Tuen Mun, despite dampened market sentiment, the Lands Department said on Friday.The other developers in the fray, the South China Morning Post has learned, include Sino Land, K Wah...
Kangmei Pharmaceutical, found by regulators to have engaged in China’s largest financial fraud totalling US$12.6 billion, has seen its shares surge by 17.3 per cent this week, after it got a slap-on-the-wrist fine and may not face delisting.“This is a perfect example that shows when the cost is too small for a financial fraud, companies will have great motivation to do it,” said Ma Jinghao, a visiting professor to Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing.“Investors sold off their…
Against the backdrop of a vulnerable economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell takes centre stage Friday with the financial world seeking clarity on whether last month’s first Fed rate cut in a decade likely marked the start of a period of easier credit.The confusion has only heightened in the days leading to the annual gathering of global central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at which Powell will give the keynote address.Investors are looking for a clearer signal from Powell that he...
Shanghai hopes to use a high-profile artificial intelligence conference to woo international heavyweights to make AI investments at a time its economy is feeling the sting of the US-China trade war.AI – which is transforming everything from finance and health care to manufacturing and transport – is one of three key areas Shanghai is focusing on to help it through its slump and build up its reputation as the go-to Chinese city for international companies.
AIA Group, the world’s second-largest insurer by value, posted a 20 per cent rise in new business for the first half of the year, bolstered by sales of insurance policies to mainland Chinese customers.New business rose to US$2.27 billion in the first six months, from US$1.95 billion in the same period last year, lifted by sales in its main markets of mainland China and Hong Kong, according to a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange.
Yes, I really am old enough to remember Japan’s economic boom of the 1980s, when the country boasted by far the second-largest economy in the world. When you couldn’t walk down the Ginza for people. When an apple cost US$40 at a street stall. When it was incredibly tough and fearfully expensive to do business, because of the non-tariff barriers and unwelcoming attitude. As a result, businesses worked remotely, doing as little as possible within Japan. Legal drafting was done in Hong Kong. Tiny…
Pinduoduo, China’s third largest e-commerce company, plans to establish its own logistics data network to speed up deliveries as it competes with market leaders Alibaba Group Holding and JD.com.Supported by artificial intelligence (AI) and big data technologies, the new operation will offer services including route planning, automated warehousing, parcel sorting and specific systems to improve fresh produce deliveries, according to Shanghai-based Pinduoduo."
Deloitte China has acquired Hong Kong architecture firm WCWP International Limited for an undisclosed amount, in a deal described by an insider as "niche", but one that points to a future where consultancy firms offer in-house real-estate advisory services as well.The acquisition will significantly enhance Deloitte’s advisory services in real estate, infrastructure and reorganisation, while WCWP will enjoy access to a wider market."
Hong Kong developer Wheelock Properties has sparked fears of a faster-than-expected correction in the world’s most expensive property market by pricing a new project in Tseung Kwan O 8 per cent below properties sold in the area just two months ago.It has priced a first batch of 130 flats at the 674-unit Marini development, in Lohas Park, at an average of HK$14,997 (US$1,912.9) per square foot, after a 21.5 per cent discount."
Cici Zuo is working seven days a week to raise the necessary funding to expand and diversify her start-up software firm and its Asian-focused customer base in the US. But she has been running into walls, primarily because her team is too Chinese, which in the current environment is increasingly interpreted as a national security threat.With more American investors staying away from projects with China ties and Chinese investors becoming reluctant to jump through hoops to invest in the US, Zuo…
Four mainland Chinese property developers reported slow growth in half-yearly profits on Thursday, in a sign even the top companies are losing momentum amid tighter regulations and slowing sales growth.Country Garden, the largest seller of homes in China, reported a 23.4 per cent increase in its interim core net profit, excluding valuation gains and foreign-exchange losses, to 15.98 billion yuan (US$2.25 billion) for the six months ending on June 30, according to a filing with the Hong Kong...
Dalian’s determination to woo foreign investors to the port city in northern China is spelt out clearly by a sign saying "you can only say yes and you are not allowed to say no" that hangs in a local governments business service centre.Staff are encouraged to process business registration applications to help the local government’s efforts to translate its status as a free trade pilot zone, which was granted by Beijing in March 2017, into a pro-business and investor-friendly international port...

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