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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SINGAPORE The Southeast Asian offshore natural gas assets of U.S. oil and gas producer Hess Corp , estimated to be worth as much as $5 billion(3.92 billion pounds), have attracted takeover interest from firms including Thailand's PTTEP PCL and Austrian energy group OMV AG , people familiar with the matter said.
SINGAPORE Singapore-listed Noble Group Ltd, which is pursuing a $3.5 billion debt restructuring to stay afloat, warned of liquidity constraints as it reported a second-quarter net loss that was also caused in part by restructuring expenses.
TOKYO/SINGAPORE Japanese financial services group Orix Corp has struck a $2.2 billion (1.7 billion pounds) deal to buy a 30 percent stake in aircraft lessor Avolon Holdings as cash-strapped Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co Ltd trims holdings in its core assets.
SINGAPORE/HONG KONG China's HNA Group Co Ltd is in advanced talks to sell a 30 percent stake in aircraft lessor Avolon Holdings Ltd to Japan's Orix Corp , two sources said, as the company attempts to restructure and trim stakes even in its core assets.
China's HNA Group Co Ltd has been looking to sell a minority stake in its aircraft leasing business Avolon Holdings Ltd and has reached out to some parties in the last couple of months, according to some industry sources.
SINGAPORE Singapore-based Grab said on Thursday it has secured $1 billion in fresh funding and will consider raising further cash, as the ride-hailing firm aggressively expands in Indonesia, Southeast Asia's biggest economy.
KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's Khazanah Nasional will likely cut stakes in some top state-linked firms as the government overhauls the sovereign wealth fund's investment strategy, after revamping its board last week, to boost transparency and slash national debt.
SINGAPORE DBS Group Holdings Ltd, Southeast Asia's biggest lender, reported lower-than-expected second-quarter profit on Thursday, sending its shares to an almost one-month low and raising concerns for the outlook of regional banks.
KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE Malaysia Airlines Bhd is tapping banks to fund about nine Boeing 737 MAX planes in what will be the carrier's first jet financing with lenders since it was restructured more than three years ago, sources familiar with the situation said.
KUALA LUMPUR AirAsia Group Bhd CEO Tony Fernandes said the group had not yet taken a decision on which aircraft manufacturer to pick for new plane orders and that he was not planning to go to this week's air show in Farnborough, England.