Prakash Chakravarti is a senior writer with Thomson Reuters/IFR/LPC, where he has worked for nearly 12 years in several senior positions. He has written extensively on Asian loan markets, including contributing to books and management reports, and been instrumental in the events and conferences organised by IFR relating to capital markets in the region. He has also covered other asset classes such as bonds and equity, and written about trends in commercial and investment banking and capital markets in Asia.
The five-year battle for control of Taiwan cable TV operator China Network Systems took a new twist last week as former suitors Far EasTone Telecommunications and Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia raised fun
John Keells Holdings, one of Sri Lanka’s leading conglomerates, has signed a US$395m seven-year project financing with sole mandated lead arranger and bookrunner Standard Chartered, after reducing the size from an originally planned US$445m.
Commodity trading giant Trafigura Beheer is facing further scrutiny over its China operations as it looks to attract lenders to a US$1.6bn multi-tranche refinancing.