* UBS China joint venture exploring new services offerings
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TOKYO/HONG KONG Nomura Holdings Inc's incoming chief executive Kentaro Okuda said on Tuesday he wanted to speed up the pace of reform at the country's largest brokerage, which has long struggled to make its mark globally and must deal with a shrinking retail business at home.
HONG KONG Private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC is looking to raise up to $1.5 billion for its first fund targeting deals in India, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters, betting on a surge in investment opportunities in Asia's third-largest economy.
HONG KONG The private banking business of HSBC Holdings PLC is aggressively pursuing double-digit growth in client assets and revenue, riffing off a surge in Asian wealth, the unit's chief executive told Reuters.
* Recession, unemployment may weigh on borrowers repayment
HONG KONG Even as Hong Kong has reduced down-payment requirements to help young professionals and families to buy homes, banks are beefing up mortgage application standards to ensure that a recession does not saddle them with bad loans, bankers and mortgage brokers said.
HONG KONG Finance firms in Hong Kong urged staff on Wednesday to seek safety or work from home as anti-government protests paralysed the city's business district for a third day in one of the biggest disruptions faced by the Asian finance hub.
HONG KONG Hong Kong's stock exchange operator said quarterly profit dropped 8%, the steepest slide in nearly three years, as investor sentiment was hit by months of political unrest that pushed the Asian financial hub into recession.
HONG KONG Global private equity group KKR & Co Inc is targeting a record $15 billion (£11.7 billion) for a new Asia-focused buyout fund, three sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters.