Spain’s Telefonica said it will sell British telecom giant O2 to Hong Kong group Hutchison Whampoa for £10 billion in a deal that could create Britain’s biggest mobile phone firm. (Photograph: JOHN D MCHUGH/AFP/Getty Images)

Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa agreed to acquire Telefonica SA’s O2 unit, creating the UK’s biggest wireless provider by customers and marking a mil(...)

Jack Ma lost $1.4 billion as Alibaba shares slumped by almost 9 per cent. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Jack Ma’s fortune dropped $1.4 billion on Thursday, the most among the world’s 400 richest people, as Alibaba Group Holding shares posted a record sl(...)

 Li Ka-shing: a week before his interest in O2 was revealed, his Hutchison Whampoa conglomerate added to its portfolio of UK holdings with a £2.5 billion takeover of Eversholt Rail.  Photograph: Alex Hofford/EPA

If Li Ka-shing pulls off his £10-billion-plus bid for Britain’s largest mobile phone operator, O2, it will be the legendary Hong Kong investor’s bigge(...)

Billionaire Li Ka-shing, chairman of Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd. and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., is increasingly looking to invest in Europe. (Photograph: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

When a great investor speaks, it’s best to keep an eye on the direction of his feet as well as his mouth.Li Ka-shing has pooh-poohed the notion that h(...)

Hong Kong’s richest man, Li Ka-shing: “the really big tiger of the Chinese real estate sector”. Photograph: EPA/Alex Hofford.

Asia’s richest man, the Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing, once a “superman” to mainland would-be entrepreneurs, is coming under pressure these days from B(...)

Hutchison Whampoa has agreed to buy Telefonica’s British mobile unit O2 for up to £10.25 billion

Li Ka-shing’s Hutchison Whampoa has agreed to buy Telefonica’s British mobile unit O2 for up to £10.25 billion, as Asia’s richest man makes his bolde(...)

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong’s financial central district last October. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

On the surface it’s as if the pro-democracy protests of late 2014 never happened in Hong Kong. People rush around, consuming like crazy, with job ads(...)

Macquarie AirFinance is negotiating a deal for just under 100 newly built and on-order aircraft being sold by Awas, the sources said. Photograph:   Toby Melville/Reuters

Australian bank Macquarie’s aircraft leasing subsidiary is in exclusive talks to buy a portfolio of new planes from Dublin-based lessor Awas for more (...)

President Higgins with Jack Ma, chief executive of Alibaba. Photograph: Shane O’Neill / Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins met with the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba in Hangzhou on Friday, as the IDA explores ways to attract the Chin(...)

Police officers push protesters out to a nearby park to clear the main roads outside government headquarters in Hong Kong’s Admiralty yesterday. Hundreds of Hong Kong police officers moved in to clear pro-democracy protesters out of a tunnel outside the city government headquarters in the latest escalation of tensions in a week-long political crisis. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

Harrowing images of police officers apparently beating up a democracy activist after he was led away in hand restraints escalated tensions in Hong Ko(...)