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Oct 25, 2010

Taiwan group sets $2 bln China Network buy-source

HONG KONG, Oct 25 (Reuters) – A Taiwan-based consortium led
by Want Want Holdings has agreed to buy Taiwan cable operator
China Network Systems (CNS) for more than $2 billion from
buyout group MBK Partners, a source familiar with the matter
told Reuters on Monday.

The deal is likely to revive more sales from private equity
portfolios in Taiwan.

Oct 22, 2010

KT Corp plans $500 mln Russian unit sale -sources

HONG KONG/LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – KT Corp (030200.KS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
South Korea’s top fixed-line and No.2 mobile company, is
considering selling its 80 percent stake in Russia’s New
Telephone Company, three people familiar with the matter said on
Friday.

KT Corp is close to auctioning off the business, worth
around $500 million, but has not yet mandated a bank to run the
process, one of the people said.

Oct 22, 2010

CNOOC, GNPC bid $5 billion for Kosmos Ghana assets

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s CNOOC (0883.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Ghana National Petroleum Corp (GNPC) have bid $5 billion for Kosmos Energy LLC’s assets in the West African state, including its stake in the Jubilee field, a source close to the deal said on Friday.

The offer tops an earlier, failed bid of more than $4 billion from Exxon Mobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for the Kosmos assets, which includes a coveted 23.49 percent stake in a large, Ghana oil discovery known as the Jubilee field.

Oct 22, 2010

CNOOC, GNPC bid $5 bln for Kosmos Ghana assets -source

HONG KONG, Oct 22 (Reuters) – China’s CNOOC (0883.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and
Ghana National Petroleum Corp (GNPC) have bid $5 billion for
Kosmos Energy LLC’s assets in the West African state, including
its stake in the Jubilee field, a source close to the deal said
on Friday.

The offer tops an earlier, failed bid of more than $4
billion from Exxon Mobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for the Kosmos assets, which
includes a coveted 23.49 percent stake in a large, Ghana oil
discovery known as the Jubilee field.

Oct 4, 2010

Kuwait commits $1 bln to AIA IPO -source

HONG KONG, Oct, 4 (Reuters) – American International Group
Inc (AIG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) received a $1 billion commitment from Kuwait
Investment Authority for the IPO of its Asian unit, the first
major investment inked before the mega offering’s roughly $15
billion launch.

KIA, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, is among the
major global institutions that have signed up as cornerstone
investors ahead of AIA Group Ltd’s IPO, according to a source
on Monday. The source had direct knowledge of the matter but
was not authorised to speak publicly as the deal has yet to
launch.

Sep 29, 2010

Goldman to sell up to $2 billion in shares of China’s ICBC

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs is selling up to $2 billion worth of shares of its stake in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, 16 months since its last selldown of the world’s largest bank.

Block sales of this nature rarely come with an explanation. Goldman would not comment on the sale and ICBC could not immediately be reached for comment.

Jul 22, 2010

Analysis: Bank pay guarantees under spotlight as hiring returns

HONG KONG/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Investment banks are once again luring top rival talent with generous guaranteed pay packages that may convince a top banker to jump ship, while also inviting scrutiny from regulators across the globe.

Paying a banker multi-millions regardless of performance flies in the face of the global regulatory effort aimed at reining in mega packages and discouraging excessive risk-taking in the post financial crisis world.

Jul 22, 2010

Analysis: Asia’s budding bankers no longer feel need to go West

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Unlike many young, finance-focused Asian graduates before him, Boon Seong Lim is happy to stay close to home to launch his career.

Lim, aiming for a mergers and acquisitions department, represents a new wave of Asian recruits who don’t feel the pull of having to start on Wall Street or in London’s City, partly mirroring a broader shift in the global banking sector where talent and transactions are migrating from West to East.

Jul 18, 2010

AgBank’s Easter surprise showed China IPO lure

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong investment bankers were just wrapping up work ahead of the long Easter weekend in early April when they were hit with a proposition that would upend their holiday plans.

Agricultural Bank of China, the country’s third-largest bank, was asking bankers to bid for its highly anticipated initial public offering — one that had not been expected until later in the year, or even 2011.

Jul 16, 2010

Special Report: AgBank’s Easter surprise showed China IPO lure

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong investment bankers were just wrapping up work ahead of the long Easter weekend in early April when they were hit with a proposition that would upend their holiday plans.

Agricultural Bank of China (1288.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) (601288.SS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the country’s third-largest bank, was asking bankers to bid for its highly anticipated initial public offering — one that had not been expected until later in the year, or even 2011.

    • About Michael

      "In June 2009, Michael Flaherty became a Chief Correspondent for Reuters News, leading a team of journalists who cover investment banking, mergers & acquisitions, private equity and hedge funds, equity capital markets, natural resources and property across Asia. He arrived in Hong Kong in Feb. 2008 as Reuters' Asia Financial Services correspondent, covering the investment banks and M&A. Flaherty was hired by Reuters in New York in Dec. 2003. He was voted Reuters Journalist of the Year for his 2007 coverage of the U.S. private equity boom and bust. He started at Reuters with the consumer group covering office retailers ..."
      Joined Reuters:
      Dec. 1, 2003
      Awards:
      Peninsula Press Club, 2002, Reuters Journalist of the Year, 2007, M&A International, 2007
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