Hong Kong News

Thai Group Buys Ping An Stake from HSBC for $9.38 Billion

A conglomerate controlled by Thailand’s richest man, Dhanin Chearavanont, has bought a minority stake in China’s Ping An Insurance for $9.38 billion from global bank HSBC, a bold move that ranks as Asia’s second-largest deal this year. Dhanin’s Charoen Pokphand …

AIG, Others to Take up Half of China PICC’s $3.6 Billion Hong Kong IPO

Chinese state-owned insurer PICC Group has secured pledges from American International Group (AIG) and other investors to buy about half of its up to $3.6 billion IPO, set to be the biggest in Hong Kong in two years. The long-awaited …

HSBC in Talks to Sell $9.3 Billion China Ping An Stake

HSBC said it was in talks to sell its $9.3 billion stake in China’s Ping An Insurance, stepping up a program by Europe’s biggest bank to shed non-core parts of its business to boost profitability. HSBC spent $1.7 billion to …

UPDATE: China’s PICC in Talks with AIG as Buyer for $4 Billion HK IPO

China’s PICC Group is in talks with American International Group and others to become cornerstone investors for its planned listing worth up to $4 billion, in what will be Hong Kong’s biggest IPO in two years. State-owned insurer PICC started …

China’s PICC Group to Raise up to $4 Billion in Hong Kong IPO

Chinese state-owned insurer PICC Group started meeting institutional investors in Hong Kong on Thursday to gauge demand for a listing worth up to $4 billion, braving a slump in equity deals with the city’s largest IPO in two years. People’s …

Probe into Fatal Hong Kong Ferry Collision May Take Six Months

Hong Kong authorities began inspecting the wreckage of a leisure boat on Wednesday amid questions over how a collision with a commuter ferry in relatively calm weather killed 38 people in one of the city’s worst accidents in recent decades. …

At Least 37 Dead in Hong Kong Ferry Collision

At least 37 people died and dozens were injured when a ferry carrying more than 120 people on a company outing collided with another ferry and sank near an island south of Hong Kong on Monday night in one of …

Best Upgrades NIPPONKOA’s Ratings to ‘A+’; Affirms Subs

A.M. Best Co. has upgraded the financial strength rating (FSR) to ‘A+’ (Superior) from ‘A’ (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating (ICR) to “aa-” from “a+” of Japan’s NIPPONKOA Insurance Company Ltd. Best also affirmed the FSR of ‘A’ (Excellent) …

Typhoon Vicente Hits Hong Kong, but Only Minor Damage Reported: AIR

According to catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide, Typhoon Vicente, the 8th named storm to form in the Northwest Pacific this year, struck Hong Kong at 4 a.m. Tuesday (July 24, 2012). Accompanied by heavy rains, a central pressure of 950 …

Blackstone Backs ex-AIA Chief in ING Asia Sale Race: Source

Global private equity fund Blackstone Group LP is backing Mark Wilson, the former chief of AIA Group Ltd, in the bidding for ING Groep NV’s Asia insurance unit, a source directly familiar with the matter said. The consortium led by …