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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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Exclusive - U.S. energy group Hess Corp's SE Asia assets attract bid interest: sources

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.

14 Aug 2018

Noble Group warns of liquidity constraints as it reports second-quarter loss

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.

08 Aug 2018

Japan's Orix to buy $2.2 billion stake in HNA's aircraft lessor Avolon

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.

07 Aug 2018

China's HNA to sell over $2 billion Avolon stake to Orix: sources

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.

02 Aug 2018

HNA Group to sell minority stake in Avolon: sources

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.

02 Aug 2018

Grab raises $1 billion to expand in Indonesia, eyes more funds

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.

02 Aug 2018

Khazanah's investment playbook set for revamp under Mahathir's Malaysia

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.

02 Aug 2018

DBS lowers bar for Singapore lenders with second-quarter profit miss

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.

24 Jul 2018

Malaysia Airlines taps lenders for first jet financing since restructuring: sources

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.

17 Jul 2018

AirAsia's Fernandes undecided on plane order, no plans to attend Farnborough

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.

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