Australian Food Safety opportunities in Asia underpinned by RMIT study

Eating organic food significantly lowers pesticide exposure: study Eating an organic diet for a week can cause pesticide levels to drop by almost 90% in adults, research from RMIT University has found. The study, led by Dr Liza Oates found particpants’ urinary dialkylphosphates (DAPs) measurements were 89% lower when...



Guide to Floating a Co on the HKEx

According to the market statistics published by the HKEx, as at 31 December 2013, 1,451 companies were listed on the Main Board of the HKEx and 192 companies were listed on the Growth Enterprise Market of the HKEx. The HKEx’s securities market has placed in the top five among...



China’s Nasdaq fails to get off the ground as venture capitalists look to the US

China’s equivalent of the Nasdaq stock exchange is failing to attract some of the country’s most innovative companies. ChiNext was supposed to anchor local high-tech businesses on home soil with a secure source of funding, but foreign investors have proven to be stuck in their ways. It has been...



China’s new private banks slowly moving in right direction

The China Banking Regulatory Commission’s recent announcement that it would allow the creation of three to five private banks in 2014 is a positive yet cautious step toward financial reform. It is positive because the majority of loans under the almost entirely state-backed banking system continue to fund state-owned...



How should the world deal with Chinese reforms?

The liturgy in the West is that so long as China becomes a responsible stakeholder in the international economic system — conforming to the western created rules and norms — its accommodation into the global economy is guaranteed. The same liturgy used to be cited when Japan was on...



M&A – Liability for conduct in pre-contractual negotiations

Term sheets, offer letters, letters of intent, heads of agreement and preliminary agreements by any other name have become a staple part of modern M&A negotiations.  However, recent developments in the law surrounding pre-contractual negotiations highlight the risk that the parties’ conduct during pre-contractual negotiations can override the express...



Australian grasslands …and foreign investment too

Grasslands under pressure – will agriculture pull through? Rising human populations place enormous stress on grasslands and other resources used for agriculture. Land is taken over for housing, roads, growing crops. Do we want to wipe out the natural environment and grasslands simply to feed an over-populated Australia and...



Socio economic development in Myanmar – not investment

Engaging in Myanmar: whose interest are we serving? By Jonathan Bogais, University of Sydney Myanmar is the “new frontier” of the Asia-Pacific region. With its large potential markets, abundant natural resources and strategic position, competition for control of the anticipated revenues intensifies pressure on all sides. While economic development...



Australian dairy wars

While much focus has been centred on the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory takeover saga, one rarely discussed player in the battle for its control may be quietly seeking bids of its own. According to The Australian, Japan’s Kirin Holdings could be looking to offload the dairy division of its National Foods business. The news follows...



Koreas’ Chaebol economy

The trade deal signed yesterday between Australia and South Korea is being promoted as a win by the government for the benefits if will bring to Australian industries including agriculture, automotive, services, resources and energy, and manufactured products. South Korea is Australia’s third largest export market and fourth largest...



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