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For Alibaba, HK friendships really do matter

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Over lunch last week, a beleaguered fund manager asked IPO Watch whether the high-flying listing hopeful Alibaba would skip meetings with potential investors in Hong Kong. [...]
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Russian money flows into HK following imposition of Western sanctions against Moscow

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | SCMP | 6:00 AM

Western sanctions against Moscow over conflict in Ukraine sees firms turning to the city for their financing needs, but some banks are wary Russian money is flowing into Hong [...]
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China’s HK chief says remarks to lawmakers were misrepresented in media reports

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:00 AM

China’s most senior official in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, said on Friday that remarks he had made to pro-democracy lawmakers in an August 19 meeting had been [...]
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City sukuk opens door to more Islamic finance in HK

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Successful sale of Islamic bond last week may pave the way for city to sell more financial instruments compliant with sharia law The launch of the Hong Kong [...]
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China’s food scandals prompt farming return to high-rise HK

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

It’s a rural tradition that faded out decades ago as Hong Kong turned into a neon-lit megacity – rice seedlings being dropped into watery paddy fields with gentle [...]
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Journalist reveals how he helped bust money-laundering ring in HK

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | SCMP | 6:00 AM

Last week, Slovakian businessperson and Discovery Bay resident Juraj Jariabka was jailed for four years for his part in a money-laundering plot. However, the key witness [...]
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Black-clad democracy activists stage sombre HK rally

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

More than 1,000 activists paraded through Hong Kong’s streets on Sunday carrying huge lengths of black cloth, in a sombre protest against a recent decision by Beijing [...]
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Thousands Stage Black Cloth Pro-Democracy Protests in HK

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | IB Times | 6:00 AM

Thousands of pro-democracy activists dressed in black held a silent march through Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against Beijing’s refusal to allow fully democratic [...]
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‘Gutter oil’ from Taiwan officially banned in HK

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | SCMP | 6:00 AM

Five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel on list of restaurants and bakeries caught in scandal affecting 500 tonnes of lard imported to city The government yesterday banned the import, [...]
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Food safety fears see farming return to high-rise HK

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

It’s a rural tradition that faded out decades ago as Hong Kong turned into a neon-lit megacity: rice seedlings being dropped into watery paddy fields with gentle plops. [...]
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China demand to fuel HK iPhone grey market

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | AFP | 6:00 AM

Wealthy mainland Chinese looking to buy the new iPhone 6 next week could expect to pay an eye-watering $2,500 for the handsets in Hong Kong, following Apple’s decision [...]
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No 1 risk for investing in Alibaba is Chinese politics

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | SCMP | 6:00 AM

What is the biggest risk for investors in China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba? In one word: politics. Jack Ma Yun, English teacher-turned entrepreneur, is already a legend [...]
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Alibaba Kicks Off Asia Roadshow in HK

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | WSJ | 6:00 AM

Alibaba Group kicked off its Asia roadshow Monday in Hong Kong as the Chinese e-commerce giant continues its two-week campaign to pitch its stock to potential shareholders in [...]
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HK Jockey Club Boosts Alternative Investments by 34pct

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | Bloomberg | 6:00 AM

Hong Kong Jockey Club, the city’s only horse-racing operator and single largest taxpayer, increased its allocation to alternative assets by 34 percent in the past year. [...]
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Singapore to allow Hongkongers to use electronic check system at airport

16-Sep-2014 Intellasia | SCMP | 6:00 AM

Singapore is set to be the third country to allow Hongkongers to use its airport automated immigration clearance systems. A mutual agreement on automated clearance is [...]
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