TALKING POINTS | ENERGY 28/08/2019

  In today’s talking points, we consider the potential success of renewable energy across hundreds of Chinese cities.   China’s growth in the renewable energy sector is driving down prices Over the last few years, China’s reliance on the coal industry has sparked huge research and investment into new renewable energy resources such as solar, …

Talking Points | Financial Services

In today’s talking points, we consider the implications of the lowered Chinese lending rate on the greater Australian economy. The reforms, originally intended to lower corporate borrowing costs, has increased speculation that Beijing will continue to drive lower borrowing costs to maintain current economic activity levels. Economists believe that this minimal reduction in lending rates …

MEMBER NEWS | Significant changes to security of payment regime in Singapore

Written by Out-Law, Pinsent Masons Significant changes to the security of payment regime in Singapore are due to come into force in the near future. The changes contained in the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Amendment Bill 2018 are the most extensive changes to the Security of Payment Act (SOP Act) since it became …

MEMBER NEWS | The rise of unsolicited proposals for infrastructure projects in Asia

Written by Out-Law, Pinsent Masons There has been a significant increase in the number of unsolicited proposals (USPs) for greenfield and brownfield public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in Asia over the past two years. Unlike solicited proposals where a government entity launches a formal public tender, in the case of an unsolicited proposal, it is the …

MEMBER NEWS | Philippines and ADB sign loan for Malolos-Clark railway project

Written by Out-Law, Pinsent Masons The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Philippine government have signed an agreement which will see $1.3 billion provided to help finance the Malolos-Clark railway project. The ADB is co-financier of the project and has agreed to provide a total $2.75bn loan facility to support construction. According to the ADB statement, …

MEMBER NEWS | Monash University Global Executive MBA

The Monash Global Executive MBA is an intensive 15-month program for experienced managers, featuring international residential modules and a series of weekend modules. The program is designed for managers and executives with significant experience in wide range of sectors and professions who are seeking to position themselves for more senior roles and more extensive responsibilities.  In …

MEMBER NEWS | China’s 2019 Negative Lists and Encouraged Catalogue for Foreign Investment

Written by: Zoey Ye Zhang, Asia Briefing, Dezan Shira & Associates The 2019 editions of China’s National and FTZ Negative Lists and FI Encouraged Catalogue are important supplements to the upcoming Foreign Investment Law. China Briefing explains the new changes and identifies the industries where China restricts or encourages foreign investments. On June 30, 2019, …

MEMBER NEWS | Over 1GW expected to be installed for wind energy expansion in Vietnam by 2021

Written by Out-Law, Pinsent MasonsVietnam is set for an expansion of its wind energy industry, with more than 1GW of capacity expected to be installed by 2021 according to a market intelligence report from the Global wind energy council (GWEC). The report ‘South-East Asia Market Update: Insights on Vietnam’ suggested that Vietnam has some of the …

MEMBER NEWS | Japanese development agency to continue funding Philippines rail expansion

Written by Out-Law, Pinsent Masons Japan’s international development agency, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), still has 900 billion yen ($8.32bn) remaining of the 1.3 trillion yen it has pledged to lend to support the development of the Philippine railway system. The Japanese government, through JICA, had previously allocated the funding to the Philippines to build more …

MEMBER EVENTS | Indonesia plans to bolster connectivity with $70 billion toll-road plan

Written by Out-Law, Pinsent MasonsIndonesian president Joko Widodo has announced plans to spend $70 billion on toll roads connecting Indonesia to other countries. The plans involve building 5,400 kilometres of fee-charging highways by 2024 tripling the size of the current network, according to Bloomberg. The government has said that it wants to make it much easier …