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China's ranking improves in Transparency International survey: Regional ratings stagnate

February 11, 2020

HONG KONG - In its 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Transparency International reports that the Asia-Pacific region has not witnessed substantial progress in anti-corruption efforts - but China's global CPI ranking has improved by seven places, while its CPI score improved by two points.

Employer obligations, precautions to take during coronavirus outbreak

February 10, 2020

HONG KONG - Lawyers Baker McKenzie have released a Client Alert for employers needing to take stock of their obligations to employees and any potential impact on their businesses of the coronavirus outbreak, now declared by the World Health Organisation to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Responses to some frequently-asked questions (listed below) are available on the BakerMcKenzie website at

Coronavirus to take big toll on China's transport operators: S&P

February 4, 2020

HONG KONG -- S&P Global Ratings said today that the novel coronavirus outbreak has already had a severe impact on the transportation infrastructure sector in China. S&P expects the ripple effects on transportation to be more significant and enduring than in the spread of SARS in 2003.

"The outbreak will undermine the credit strength of many Chinese infrastructure operators in 2020," said S&P Global Ratings credit analyst, Gloria Lu.

Policy easing, lower renminbi, likely for China: Natixis

February 3, 2020

HONG KONG - The immediate impact on China of the current coronavirus outbreak is bound to be larger than SARS for two main reasons - China' s key growth area is now services, not manufacturing as in 2003, and because investor confidence has already been hard hit by the trade war - according to a research report released today by the global financial group, Natixis.

Australia 2020: Gradual recovery supported by real estate, infra investment

January 21, 2020

HONG KONG - The Australian economy is expected to gradually improve show growth of 2.1% in 2020, up from +1.8% in 2019, according to n assessment by Natixis, which says that, iGIn addition to infrastructure investments by the Australian government, a slight improvement in the global economy should help put a floor under commodity prices.