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SANNE appoints new business development director in Tokyo

Makoto Nagao, has been appointed to the newly created role of Director, Business Development adding further strength to SANNE’s Asia-Pacific business. With more than 35 years of experience, Nagao-san brings a wealth of knowledge, following a lengthy career with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, SMFG. While he was at SMFG, Nagao-san was General Manager...

Crayfish.io launches UK’s first funded initiative to get businesses China-ready

A ground-breaking initiative with a £500k investment fund dedicated to helping UK businesses get ‘China-ready’ has been launched in Cambridge by global online platform, Crayfish.io. Starting in September, the Crayfish China Accelerator programme  - which has secured UK-China Enterprise Ltd (UKCE), a Chinese-capital-backed VC fund, as its...

SANNE opens new office in Mumbai, India

SANNE, a leading global provider of alternative asset and corporate services has further extended its global reach with the opening of a new office in Mumbai, India. With existing offices in 18 leading international finance centres, SANNE now has a local presence in one of the world’s fastest growing alternative markets and is also pleased to announce...

SANNE secures new bookkeeping licence in China

SANNE, a leading global provider of alternative asset and corporate administration services obtains new bookkeeping licence in China boosting its already strong proposition. The new licence expands SANNE’s existing product offering in China, adding bookkeeping, accounting and tax preparation services for Chinese registered entities. Jing Jing...

SANNE appoints Country Head to lead its Singapore business

Adding further expertise and knowledge to its APAC business As a leading global provider of alternative asset and corporate business services, SANNE is pleased to announce the appointment of David Fowler to the role of Country Head − Singapore with immediate effect. Based in SANNE’s Singapore office, David will be taking over the role from Valérie...

Finance

The leaders of China and India pretend to get along

DRAGON AND tiger, or panda and elephant? As Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, and Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, met for an “informal summit” on October 12th, the masala of metaphors in the Indian press was telling. Strongmen on their own political turf, the two men ambled as tourists through the eighth-century rock carvings of Mamallapuram...

Thailand’s army chief sees a commie conspiracy to topple the king

IT WAS A speech worthy of Dr Strangelove. In a 90-minute lecture-turned-rant at the army headquarters on October 11th, Apirat Kongsompong, the head of Thailand’s armed forces, accused academics and other leftists of implanting “communist chips” in the minds of brainwashed youths. Opposition politicians such as Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader...

For the sake of workers, Uzbekistan is privatising its cotton industry

UNDER THE blazing sun in a cloudless blue sky, green foliage droops with unfurling white cotton bolls. In the Fergana Valley in the heart of Central Asia, in the shadow of snow-dusted mountains, the cotton is ripe for picking. If the Uzbek authorities have their way, it will become T-shirts and skirts, to be sold around the world. Uzbekistan, already...

Japan’s emperor is a prisoner in his own palaces

IN HIS MEMOIR, “The Thames and I”, Prince Naruhito, as he was when he wrote it, recalls his brushes with greasy kippers and dingy pubs as a student at Oxford University in the 1980s. He recounts how doormen at a disco turned him away because he was wearing jeans—not the sort of reversal a Japanese royal often experiences. The picture above shows...

Singapore stands to gain from Hong Kong’s troubles

WHATEVER VIEW is taken on the mayhem in Hong Kong—righteous rebellion or obscene rioting—it is a disaster for the territory’s economy. And if one place stands to benefit from Hong Kong’s troubles, it is that other self-governing, Chinese-majority, financial, commercial and shipping hub in East Asia: Singapore. The two places have always...

Legal

After Fintech, Singapore eyes Legaltech status

Singapore, a haven for disruptive fintech firms, is aiming to shake up Asia's legal sector next The Lion City will host Southeast Asia's first legaltech accelerator from April. The city-state's initiative aims to groom legaltech startups as well as incubate new business models or services conceived by law firms. Singapore's law academy has launched...

China updates New Industry Catalogue

PRC reduces regulatory procedures for foreign investments following its 2016 reforms. China creates a nationally applicable “negative list” for foreign investment, which opens up more industries for multi-national companies.Foreign Investments Filing Administrative Rules will be updated and published soon by the Ministry of Commerce to clarify...

Proposals to make free movement of data a principle of EU law expected this autumn

Ansip said proposed new EU legislation to tackle unnecessary restrictions on where data can be stored are likely to be published this autumn.The proposals will also look to make it easier for businesses to move their data between rival cloud providers and ensure that public sector bodies can access data held by authorities in another EU country to help...

New advertising standards in the UK to take tougher stance on gender stereotypes

The new standards will be drawn up by the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP), according to a new report on gender stereotypes in advertising (64-page / 5.4MB PDF) published by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), the watchdog that oversees compliance with UK advertising rules.The CAP will also look to "clarify standards that reflect the ASA‘s...

UK government urged to avoid data transfers 'cliff edge' at point of Brexit

In a new report, a House of Lords committee warned that trade and security could be impacted if the flow of data is disrupted at the point of Brexit.To enable data to flow between the UK and EU post-Brexit, the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee urged the UK government to seek a so-called 'adequacy' decision from the European Commission, which would recognise...

Deals

Lyreco Group announces the acquisition of DeskRight

Lyreco Group today announced the acquisition of DeskRight, a leading office supplies business on the Singapore market. The move puts Lyreco, European leader and number three worldwide in the distribution of workplace supplies solutions to businesses, in a leadership position on the Singapore market and represents the first step in its new development...

HSA Advocates advised a consortium of four ports in relation to strategic sale of Dredging Corporation of India by Government of India

HSA Advocates represented a consortium of four ports Vishakapatnam Port Trust, Paradeep Port Trust, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Deendayal Port Trust in relation to strategic sale of Dredging Corporation of India concluded by Government of India (GoI). The four ports have acquired 100% of GoI's shares in Dredging Corporation of India (i.e. 73.47%...

Duff & Phelps enhances restructuring and dispute offering with acquisition of Zolfo Cooper Asia

Expands Footprint in Greater China Region Duff & Phelps, the global advisor that protects, restores and maximizes value for clients, today announced the acquisition of Zolfo Cooper Asia, a leading independent provider of restructuring, insolvency, litigation support and forensic accounting services. The combination of Duff & Phelps and Zolfo...

Investcorp launches in India with acquisition of IDFC Alternative’s Private Equity and Realty Businesses

Entry in to India expands footprint of direct investments into Asia Investcorp a leading global provider and manager of alternative investment products, today announced the launch of its operations in India with the imminent completion of its first deal, the acquisition of the Private Equity and Real Estate investment management businesses of IDFC...

China, Japan overseas M&A push to extend in 2019

China’s economic growth slowdown to drive dealmaking abroadJapanese companies may continue to seek large foreign dealsCompanies in China and Japan will continue their pursuit of overseas acquisitions this year amid the economic growth slowdown and geopolitical uncertainty, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Ready availability of capital will...

Acq Lite

'Bless the Harts': Fox renews Kristen Wiig series for Season 2

Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Bless the Harts will return for a second season on Fox. The network announced in a tweet Friday that it has renewed the animated series for Season 2. The post shows Kristen Wiig's character, Jenny, celebrating as Jesus (Kumail Nanjiani) looks on. "Who cares what time it is?! Crack open a cold one and celebrate with us because #BlesstheHarts...

Holland Roden, Indya Moore to star in 'Escape Room 2'

Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Escape Room 2 has found its stars. Deadline reported Friday that Holland Roden, 33, and Indya Moore, 24, have joined the sequel to the horror movie Escape Room, released in January. Roden and Moore confirmed the news on Instagram by re-posting a promo image from Sony featuring the Minos Escape Rooms logo. Escape Room 2 will open in...

DeWanda Wise joins cast of 'Jurassic World 3'

Oct. 18 (UPI) -- DeWanda Wise is set to star in Universal's upcoming dinosaur sequel, Jurassic World 3. Wise has landed a leading role in the film which is set to arrive in theaters on June 11, 2021. Franchise stars Chris Pratt (Owen Grady) and Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing) will be returning along with Jurassic Park alums Jeff Goldblum (Ian...

Watch: Students go vigilante in trailer for Netflix's 'We Are the Wave'

Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Netflix is giving a glimpse of its new series We Are the Wave. The streaming service released a first trailer for the German-language series Friday featuring Luise Belfort, Ludwig Simon, Michelle Barthel, Daniel Friedl and Mohamed Issa. The preview shows a group of high school students turn vigilante to pursue freedom and justice. "How...

Bill Macy, 'Maude' star, dead at 97

Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Actor Bill Macy, who portrayed Walter Findlay on All in the Family spinoff series Maude, has died at the age of 97. Macy died Thursday in Los Angeles, producer and manager Matt Beckoff confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Beckoff also confirmed Macy's death on Facebook. "My buddy Bill Macy passed away at 7:13 p.m. tonight. He was...