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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

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Global brewers line up bids for Vietnam's Sabeco sale: sources

SINGAPORE/LONDON Brewing groups including Thai Beverage , Anheuser-Busch InBev and Kirin Holdings are gearing up to bid for a stake in Vietnam's largest brewer, Sabeco , people familiar with the matter said, with the $5 billion sale process by the government opening this week.

Dec 08 2017

After years of delays, Vietnam's privatization plans move up a gear

SINGAPORE/HANOI Foreign investors and bankers who flocked to Vietnam in the past two decades as they sought to cash in on government plans to sell state assets usually left frustrated as what was promised rarely materialized. But now they are finally seeing some modest grounds for optimism.

Nov 29 2017

Hong Kong listing for Aramco could attract huge Chinese demand: HKEX CEO

SINGAPORE A Hong Kong listing by Saudi Aramco would help the oil giant secure huge Chinese demand for its $100 bln share sale, said the head of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing (HKEX) on Wednesday, as the world's leading stock exchanges pitch for the business.

Nov 27 2017

Sabeco gets strong response at Singapore investors' roadshow as Vietnam kicks off sale

SINGAPORE Vietnam's biggest brewer Sabeco has received a strong response from potential suitors at an investors' roadshow in Singapore, its chairman said, as the government moves closer to finalizing a stake sale in the $9 billion maker of Bia Saigon and 333 brews.

Nov 15 2017

Fighting to survive, Noble Group in talks to ensure liquidity

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE Struggling commodities trader Noble Group has started talks with stakeholders to restructure its debt and secure trade finances in a bid to keep its business running, just weeks after it agreed to sell some assets and flagged a massive loss.

Nov 14 2017

Aberdeen Standard upbeat on Singapore banks, warns on DBS provisions

SINGAPORE Aberdeen Standard Investments said it likes Singapore banks due to their strong balance sheets and quest for new growth drivers but warned that the management of top lender DBS risks losing credibility if it takes any more big provisions for oil and gas loans.

Nov 09 2017

Noble flags weak outlook after $1.2 billion third-quarter loss, shrinking liquidity

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG Commodities trader Noble Group reported a third-quarter loss of $1.17 billion, hit by charges from disposals of some of its businesses, and warned that the operating environment remains challenging.

Nov 09 2017

Japan's MUFG seeks $1.8 billion Bank Danamon stake in southeast Asia push: sources

TOKYO/SINGAPORE Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) is in talks to buy a 40 percent stake in Bank Danamon Indonesia for around 200 billion yen ($1.75 billion), a person with direct knowledge of the talks told Reuters on Thursday.

Nov 08 2017

Noble Group's debt plans in focus as company set to report big loss

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE, Nov 9 Noble Group's strategy to service its debt and turn around its businesses will be in the spotlight on Thursday as the commodities trader prepares to unveil a massive quarterly loss, hit by one-time charges. The Singapore-listed company, once among the world's biggest traders, is shrinking to an Asian-centric firm focused mainly on coal and LNG, after slashing jobs and selling assets to cut debt and emerge from two years of crisis.

Nov 07 2017

Exclusive: General Electric explores options for aircraft leasing unit - sources

SINGAPORE/NEW YORK General Electric Co is weighing options for its aircraft leasing operations, including the sale of all or part of the business, as Chief Executive John Flannery searches for new divestitures, according to people familiar with the matter.

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