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Morgan Stanley says Malaysia should focus more on SMEs

THE restructuring of the Malaysian economy and its banks since the 1997/98 Asian financial crisis has been a success, but the country now needs to focus on smaller companies for it to enjoy the next wave of growth, said Morgan Stanley Singapore managing director Michael Dee.


Aussie bankers drool as deals loom

Australia's investment bankers are lining up to get a piece of the action of an estimated A$25bil in deals: two of the Asia-Pacific's biggest takeovers this year and the capital raisings needed to pay for them.


HSBC Malaysia eyes investment banking

HSBC Malaysia is keeping a sharp eye on the investment banking scene, especially for any potential early opening up of the sector to foreign banks, says Zarir J. Cama, deputy chairman and chief executive officer of HSBC Malaysia.

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Arroyo’s hubby: I’m innocent

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's husband testified yesterday before the Philippine Senate, denying what he called trumped-up allegations that he is corrupt.


Lend Lease slips into the red

Australian developer and real estate fund manager Lend Lease Corp Ltd reported yesterday a deep plunge into the red for 2002/03 after writing off A$945mil on its troublesome US businesses.


Foreign business news in brief

News in brief on: 'SK Corp signs LNG pact with BP', 'MSCI adds 7 firms to global indices' and 'Vodafone nears deal on Japan unit'.


Penerbangan Malaysia bonds still on

PENERBANGAN Malaysia Bhd (PMB)#039;s planned US$500mil global bond issue will proceed and is likely to be launched in the fourth quarter, contrary to reports that the proposal has been called off.


Mitsubishi records 12% earnings rise

B>TOKYO: /B>Mitsubishi Corp, Japan#146;s biggest trading house, reported a 12% rise in quarterly profit yesterday on the back of solid performances in metals and energy, putting it on track for record full-year earnings.


S. Korea earnings to reflect poor economy

With South Korea's economy on the brink of recession and prices for its key electronics exports in the doldrums, companies led by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Kookmin Bank are expected to report gloomy second-quarter numbers this month.


Cross-border MAs set to take off

DESPITE a challenging external environment, the number of overseas acquisitions by Malaysian companies has held steady in the 1st half of this year. Going forward, merger and acquisition (Mamp;A) experts expect the number and value of cross-border Mamp;A deals involving Malaysian firms to surpass anything the country has seen before.