Startup funding: VC firms vs hedge funds

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As venture capital (VC) firms compete with hedge funds for deal flow in the startup venture space, does this mark an evolution of the market or a phenomenon that will fade with time? Who does it benefit and what should entrepreneurs make of hedge funds as potential investors? A report… Read more »

Insurance challenges in the Drone Age

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With the advent of the Drone Age, a critical element that is rising in importance is the risk, insurance and compliance aspect of the drone industry. By its nature, this risk extends to the unmanned aerospace systems (UAS) and unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) industries. The solution to this resolving the… Read more »


Private-public partnership required to sustain ASEAN Economic Community: EY

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With the majority of high-priority measures in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) blueprint already adopted, policymakers and businesses now need to collaborate in tackling the remaining challenges to achieve and sustain the benefits of full ASEAN economic integration beyond 2015, an Ernst & Young (EY) report said. The report titled ‘Trade Secrets: ASEAN economic… Read more »


Vietnam lifts foreign holding limit in cos, qualifies for emerging market status

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The limit on foreign holdings in Vietnam’s listed companies has been officially lifted, significantly removing investment restriction in public companies that are listed on the country’s stock exchanges, the Vietnam Ministry of Finance announced on Friday. The regulation on the new foreign ownership is part of the Decree 60/2015 to replace Decree… Read more »


Myanmar sees surge in telecom investment

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Investment in telecoms has surged in Myanmar in the past year as operators begin to tap a rapidly expanding market, driving growth in the economy. Since the opening up of the mobile segment last year, there has been a boom in phone ownership and subscriptions in Myanmar. Currently there are… Read more »


Singapore startup ecosystem: Great testing ground but small market?

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The Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA) recently reported that Indonesia and Malaysia have seen a growing number of venture capital deals in the the first quarter of 2015. While much of the increasing investor interest is rooted in the rising middle class, analysts have also noted that Singapore’s economic infrastructure and support network for startup ventures… Read more »


Saigon Port IPO: Seaports attracting more foreign investment

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The Saigon Port Company Limited that  will make its initial public offering (IPO) on June 30, 2014 has had a pre-tax profit was VND79 billion ($3.64 million) on consolidated turnover of VND1.073 trillion ($49.45 million). Many Vietnamese seaports have become attractive to major private investors, with the government seeking to reduce state ownership in seaports… Read more »


ASEAN and a renewable energy future

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The advent of the new technologies, such as the Tesla Powerwall, has implications for the energy infrastructure of ASEAN and the renewable energy sector worldwide, says  an EDB article. The Tesla Powerwall is a wall-mounted energy storage unit able to store 10 kilowatt hours of electric energy and deliver it at an… Read more »


The Polish solution to Myanmar’s banking sector

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Most emerging post-socialist economies face the same particular dilemma; How to reform and develop the banking sector. The centrally-planned, state-command economies were usually characterised by a mono-bank system with a quasi-central bank being also a quasi-commercial entity. Thus, in the process of market institutionalisation one would have to create a… Read more »


Race for the control of Vinamilk raise concerns over management

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The largest dairy firm in Vietnam, Vinamilk has been at the centre of controversy with reports of direct confrontation between the company’s board of directors and the firm’s largest shareholder, the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC). The disputes over different corporate governance perspectives, that started two years ago, came to… Read more »