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Mesdaq-listed companies double

THE number of companies listed on the Mesdaq market of Bursa Malaysia has nearly doubled to 63 this year, from 32 last year, with December scoring the highest at seven.

Foreign business news in brief

News in brief, including from Hong Kong that Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, a top Wall Street firm, has closed a deal to buy bad loans with a face value of roughly US$240mil from a Chinese state-run asset manager, an executive said yesterday.

LSE rejects bid from Deutsche Boerse

Europe's top equity market, the London Stock Exchange, has rejected a £1.3bil cash bid from Deutsche Boerse to create a dominant European exchange, but held the door open to talks.

Partner sought for local version of Dow Islamic index

DOW Jones Islamic Market Indexes USA is keen to partner a Malaysian company in starting a Malaysian Islamic Index to take advantage of the increasing interest from international investors on local stocks, said its global director A. Rushdi Siddiqui.

Mid-East investors set sights on Malaysia

FOR many years Malaysia had promoted itself without much success as the main Islamic financial centre in the region, targeting investors from the Middle East. However, following the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, Middle Eastern investors began looking for investment destinations other than London and New York, and Malaysia's efforts have started bearing fruit.

EPF likely to disburse more funds

THE Employees Provident Fund (EPF) expects to disburse more funds to be managed by its external fund managers and may appoint new fund managers in view of the rapid growth in the size of the funds it currently manages.

CIMB targets private equity market

Private equity is fast catching up as an alternative asset class and sources of private capital in Malaysia. Commerce International Merchant Bankers Bhd (CIMB) head of private equity, Darawati Hussain, spoke to StarBiz journalist Daljit Deshi on the outlook of private equities in Malaysia and the company's plans to make its prescence felt in the area. Excerpts of the interview.

CIMB's Darawati counts on professional staff to compete regionally

ESTABLISHING a sustainable business model in order to compete with local and regional players in the private equity business is one of the challenges faced by CIMB Private Equity head Darawati Hussain and her team.

Mayban Unit Trust eyes RM4b fund size

Mayban Unit Trust Bhd plans to double its total fund size to at least RM4bil by the middle of next year to capture a larger slice of the local fund management industry, said chief executive officer Shamsuddin Bahari.

JP Morgan, Cazenove tie up

JP Morgan Chase Co, the ninth ranked underwriter of UK stocks, formed a joint venture with Cazenove Group Plc to improve its access to Britain's biggest companies.