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The FINANCIAL -- Global power and utility (P&U) transaction activity shows signs of recovery with deal volumes reaching a three-year high of 398 total deals in 2013, with a value of US$125.4b, according to EY’s quarterly Power transactions and trends report.
The FINANCIAL -- London - Rapid urbanisation and demographic changes, especially within emerging markets, will lead to substantial growth in the real estate investment industry over the next six years, according to Real Estate 2020: Building the future, a new report from PwC.
The FINANCIAL -- Yesterday, 26 February 2014, the National Committee of ICC Georgia held its 5th Consultative Board meeting at The Holiday Inn in Tbilisi. Mr. Fady Asly, Chairman of ICC, welcomed the members of the ICC Executive, ICC Youth, Consultative boards and special guests.
The FINANCIAL -- Despite 2013 being one of the worst years for M&A in recent history, mining activity is expected to increase in the coming months with developed economies beginning to stabilise and miners looking to add assets in a strategic manner, according to PwC’s latest global mining deals report.
The FINANCIAL -- Fitch Ratings-Hong Kong/Singapore - The China Banking Regulatory Commission's (CBRC) recent measures signal a strengthening of liquidity management in line with Basel III norms, but the credit benefits will take time, says Fitch Ratings.
The FINANCIAL -- Fitch Ratings-London - The South African budget showed the government's fiscal consolidation plans are on track, despite weaker GDP growth, financial market volatility and forthcoming elections, says Fitch Ratings. Medium-term fiscal and economic challenges remain, however.
The FINANCIAL -- Fitch Ratings-London - The decision by the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Committee to postpone agreement on draft rules to regulate money market funds (MMFs) last week leaves the scope of possible investment restrictions on asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) unclear, Fitch Ratings says.
The FINANCIAL -- Fitch Ratings-New York - The proposal to reduce the U.S. active-duty armed forces, limit increases in basic allowances for housing (BAHs) and retire two aircraft fleets could be negative for some military housing bonds, Fitch Ratings says.
The FINANCIAL -- Bayer plans to acquire 100 percent of the shares of Dihon Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd., Kunming Yunnan, China, a privately held pharmaceutical company specializing primarily in over-the-counter (OTC) and herbal traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) products, according to Bayer AG.
The FINANCIAL -- Novartis announced additional steps to extend its leadership in clinical trial data transparency.
The FINANCIAL -- Toyota Motor Corporation's (TMC's) vehicle production subsidiary in Indonesia, PT. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) plans to open a new manufacturing learning center next to the engine plant, according to TMC.
The FINANCIAL -- Allianz Group continued to grow in 2013.
The FINANCIAL -- Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and owners of Compañía Aseguradora de Fianzas S.A. Confianza ("Confianza") have signed an agreement under which Corporate Solutions will acquire a 51% stake in Confianza. This arrangement will provide Colombian corporate clients local access to Swiss Re's commercial insurance products and services, according to Swiss Re.
The FINANCIAL -- Premiums at VIG’s Polish Group companies Compensa, InterRisk, Benefia and Polisa totalled some PLN 4.8 billion (EUR 1.2 billion) in 2013, meaning that the Group is one of the country’s top 3 insurers, according to Vienna Insurance Group.
The FINANCIAL -- The European Parliament endorsed an agreement for a new EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) reached with the Council last December, according to EUbusiness Ltd.
The FINANCIAL -- Climate change is an increasing concern for businesses worldwide, and especially in Turkey, where water scarcity is a growing challenge.
The FINANCIAL -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) released a study profiling five leading worker centers at the forefront of a new union organizing push.
The FINANCIAL -- ICC Georgia is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Sakpatenti. This is a major step forward for cooperation between the two organizations.
The FINANCIAL -- Ministers, representatives from international organizations, private sector and labor union experts gathered in Saudi Arabia for a three-day event to discuss challenges and solutions related to access to the labor market, rigidity in economic structures, and enhanced social protection systems, according to the World Bank Group.
The FINANCIAL -- The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved the Second Serbia Health Project of US$40 million and the Deposit Insurance Strengthening Project of US$200 million for Serbia, according to the World Bank Group.