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Jun 24, 2013

Ex-banker faces off against China bears with hedge fund

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Paul Conway’s eventful career in China included advising companies on stock offerings and overseeing a messy business restructuring — the latter stint forcing him to hire a bodyguard to fend off harassment from local thugs.

Now the 43-year-old former banker is raising around $60 million for a hedge fund that will invest in U.S.-listed, Chinese companies, another assignment that many would consider not for the faint-hearted after a series of accounting scandals that have battered sentiment towards the sector since 2010.

Jun 2, 2013

Rugby-Rare breed of Lions tourist emerges in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, June 2 (Reuters) – Alan Duckworth and Michael Thomas met for the first time last week, hours before hopping a plane from Heathrow to Hong Kong. The Englishman and the Welshman will share a hotel room for the next six weeks, in seven cities, spanning two continents as they follow the world’s most renowned touring rugby squad.

More than 20,000 fans of the British and Irish Lions rugby team are expected to travel to Australia to cheer on the 37 players as they try to capture their first series win since 1997.

Jun 1, 2013

Rugby-Composed Lions lay down marker in Hong Kong, says Gatland

HONG KONG, June 1 (Reuters) – The British and Irish Lions head to Australia buoyed by a convincing victory over the Barbarians in Hong Kong which has “laid down a marker” for the main part of the tour, coach Warren Gatland said on Saturday.

The Lions overcame extreme heat and humidity as they opened the 125th anniversary tour with a 59-8 win.

Jun 1, 2013

Rugby-Lions crush Barbarians to kick off tour

HONG KONG, June 1 (Reuters) – Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert scored two tries apiece as the British and Irish Lions kicked off their 125th anniversary tour with a comfortable 59-8 victory over the Barbarians in oppressive humidity in Hong Kong on Saturday.

Tries from skipper Paul O’Connell and Phillips helped the Lions to a 23-3 halftime lead and the floodgates opened after the break with Phillips adding a second, Cuthbert grabbing his brace and fellow Welshmen Jonathan Davies, Dan Lydiate and Alun Wyn-Jones also crossing.

May 30, 2013

Lions face heat and Barbarians in tour opener

HONG KONG (Reuters) – After six months’ planning and three weeks’ training, coach Warren Gatland finally begins his British and Irish Lions adventure in earnest on Saturday with what should be a gentle opening match against the Barbarians to open the 125th anniversary tour.

Ahead of three tests and six provincial games in Australia, the Lions are making their first appearance in Hong Kong, where the city’s intense heat and humidity will play a key factor.

May 30, 2013

Rugby-Lions face heat and Barbarians in tour opener

HONG KONG, May 30 (Reuters) – After six months’ planning and three weeks’ training, coach Warren Gatland finally begins his British and Irish Lions adventure in earnest on Saturday with what should be a gentle opening match against the Barbarians to open the 125th anniversary tour.

Ahead of three tests and six provincial games in Australia, the Lions are making their first appearance in Hong Kong, where the city’s intense heat and humidity will play a key factor.

May 30, 2013

Rugby-Warburton out but nine Welsh to start for Lions

HONG KONG, May 30 (Reuters) – Ireland’s Paul O’Connell will captain the side in place of Sam Warburton but nine other Welshman were included in Warren Gatland’s first British and Irish Lions team for Saturday’s match against the Barbarians.

Lock O’Connell, who skippered the tourists in South Africa four years ago, will lead 17 new Lions out before the match at Hong Kong Stadium with Wales flanker Warburton rested after taking a knock in training.

May 30, 2013

Nine Welsh to start for Lions against Barbarians

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Ireland’s Paul O’Connell will captain the side in place of Sam Warburton but nine Welshman were included in Warren Gatland’s first British and Irish Lions team for Saturday’s match against the Barbarians.

Lock O’Connell, who skippered the tourists in South Africa four years ago, will lead 17 new Lions out before the match at Hong Kong Stadium with Wales flanker Warburton rested after taking a knee knock in training.

May 30, 2013

Rugby-Nine Welsh to start for Lions against Barbarians

HONG KONG, May 30 (Reuters) – Ireland’s Paul O’Connell will captain the side in place of Sam Warburton but nine Welshman were included in Warren Gatland’s first British and Irish Lions team for Saturday’s match against the Barbarians.

Lock O’Connell, who skippered the tourists in South Africa four years ago, will lead 17 new Lions out before the match at Hong Kong Stadium with Wales flanker Warburton rested after taking a knee knock in training.

May 29, 2013

Rugby-Despite Hong Kong empty seats, Lions give Asian game a boost

HONG KONG, May 29 (Reuters) – The match will probably not be a sellout, organisers conceded on Wednesday, but the arrival of the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong for the first time has once again cast the spotlight on a region many see as vital for the future of rugby.

Over 30,000 Lions fans are expected to visit Australia for the three-test tour but not enough of the red-shirted horde decided to stop over in Hong Kong to fill the stadium for Saturday’s opening match against the Barbarians.

    • 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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