Thailand VC: Govt powers ahead, banks pull back

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Thailand-based banks have been reluctant to extend venture capital (VC) funding to the small and medium enterprises(SMEs). Citing lack of receptivity (from business owners), delayed returns and shortage of support infrastructure, the banks say that the VC funding has not really been very successful in the country. While many banks… Read more »

O&G Start-ups: low oil price, big opportunities

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The the oil and gas (O&G) sector is seen as belonging to the opposite end of the start-up friendly spectrum of industries. Far away from from the consumer-centric sectors like food & beverage and technology, the O&G industry is perceived to be capital intensive and with long project gestation periods; making it… Read more »


Equity facilitating direct entry for PEs into SEA?

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It is no guesswork that private equity (PE) firms want in on the action in South East Asia ( SEA). They see potential in this relatively untapped region, with its growing middle class that point to an improving consumer spending and robust economies. However, not all firms from the West… Read more »


Malaysia’s New ECF : Ambitious & Challenging

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Malaysia’s pioneering Equity crowdfunding (ECF) legislation, which is expected to be tabled in the parliament in the near future, will put country much ahead of the Asian financial powerhouse Singapore and sophisticated crowdfunding market of Australia. Hailed as progressive, the legislation will be the first of its kind in south-east… Read more »


Thailand set for highest ever $16 bn Bond issue

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The Thai private sector is expected to issue bonds worth more than 510 billion baht ($16 billion) this year, which will cross the earlier record bond issue of 509 billion baht ($15.9 billion) in 2012, said the Thai Bond Market Association. As of October 15, the private sector has already issued bond worth 485.5 billion baht, which is… Read more »


Thailand real estate goes into overdrive with deals

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Thai tycoons and property developers are consolidating property holdings, taking over real estate companies and entering into joint ventures with investors from Japan, China and Hong Kong. All this to enhance their competitiveness in the real estate space, with an eye on the forthcoming  inauguration of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)…. Read more »


Startups see positives in Malaysia’s 2015 budget

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With a weekend to mull over what the Malaysia Budget 2015 means to the local startups, industry players share their views on the measures Prime Minister Najib Razak announced, putting entrepreneurship and human capital as one of the country’s core strategies. DEALSTREETASIA spoke to three executives: government-linked early stage funding… Read more »


Industry wanted more in Budget : ACCCIM

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The measures announced in the Malaysia Budget 2015 to boost small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are encouraging, but the industry wants to see more foreign direct investment (FDI) to propel its growth, the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) says. ACCCIM SME and Human Resource development… Read more »


Myanmar’s Oil and Gas Blocks: Contracts, Compliance and Licensing Issues

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Myanmar is a fertile and resource-rich country strategically located in the heart of Asia. Although Myanmar has great potential for business investment, so far it remains a largely untapped market – rich in natural resources and a young population ready to work. According to proven records, Myanmar commands reserves of… Read more »


Thai Banks Expansion : A Challenging Task

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The free flow of capital triggered by the economic integration under the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Economic Community – AEC – has prompted Thailand’s banks to consider expanding to other countries in the region, but market watchers and analysts believe more effort and time will be needed to… Read more »