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Articles on M. Dobbs-Higgenson
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- Date: Tue, 12 Dec 1995 15:41:00
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The following excerpts from 4 articles provide a background on Michael
Dobbs-Higgenson about whom there was a question recently on the burmanet.
He is a greedy apologist for the SLORC regime. He currently serves as a
consultant for the Indosuez Bank (an early entrant into Burma). If a
substantial link can be made to him and Phoenix Pictures, a boycott maybe
Copyright 1995 Times Business Publications
November 29, 1995
SECTION: Focus: Personal Finance & Investment; Pg. 4
HEADLINE: Keep 30% of money in cash: expert
THE small investor should have something like 30 per cent of his money in
cash in today's fast-moving, speculative financial environment, says Michael
Dobbs-Higginson, former chairman of Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific.
Mr Dobbs-Higginson does not speak from a narrow perspective, for he
more of the world -and from more angles -than most other people.
The businessman, author and former Buddhist lay monk spent his youth studying
in Dublin, Germany and London.
He later took up an offer to live in a Tibetan monastery, went on to build an
office block in Tokyo, became an investment banker with Credit Suisse, advised
the Liberian government on how to manage its money and eventually joined Merrill
Lynch. After leaving Merrill in 1990, he wrote the book, Asia Pacific: Its Role
in the New World Disorder.
The world is a rapidly changing place. And the pace and degree of change will
accelerate between now and the turn of the century, he says.
Asians have the strength to deal with such difficult circumstances, Mr
Dobbs-Higginson believes. As he points out: Asia has strong Confucian ethics,
most Asians are prepared for a tough life and they understand the importance of
Proprietary to the United Press International 1995
September 25, 1995, Monday, BC cycle
HEADLINE: Suu Kyi speeches draw big crowds
DATELINE: RANGOON, Sept. 25
Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's calls for a quick transition to
democratic rule appear to be striking an increasingly responsive chord among
Rangoon residents, analysts said Monday. Audiences at her informal weekend
speeches outside her home have increased from an average of about 700 to about
3,000 in the past few weeks. .....................Suu Kyi described two articles published
recently in the government-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper as ''biased,
acrimonious reading matter.'' One of the articles made a subtle comparison
between Suu Kyi, who is the daughter of Burmese independence hero Aung San, and
Maung Ba Than, who posed as a Burmese prince in order to help British
colonialists take control of the country in 1885. The other article, written by
M.S. DOBBS HIGGINSON, described as a former chairman of the Asia-Pacific
division of the U.S.-based Merrill Lynch Company, ran in five installments in
the New Light of Myanmar. The article praised the military junta that seized
control of Burma in a coup in 1992 for ''gradually bringing about order and
economic progress with comparatively little of the wholesale repressive, brutal
and corrupt practices of other regimes elsewhere in the world.''
Copyright 1994 South China Morning Post Ltd.
South China Morning Post
October 9, 1994
SECTION: MON; Pg. 1
LENGTH: 987 words
HEADLINE: US movie fund aims to give Asian money a starring role
BYLINE: By KAVITA DASWANI
ASIAN investors are being courted to put their money into Hollywood
blockbusters through a fund launched last week.
The US$ 75 million (HK$ 579 million) Phoenix Pictures Investors, based in
the British Virgin Islands, is a private placement fund which will contribute
money to start a major film production company in Los Angeles.
A likely rival to established names such as Orion, TriStar, Disney and
Colombia, the fund - part of the new Phoenix Pictures - has already attracted
significant interest from institutional and corporate investors in the region.
According to Niles Helmboldt, chairman of the fund's management committee,
the initial response has been favourable; the company was quietly introduced to
potential investors in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore last week by former
Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific chairman, Michael Dobbs-Higginson.
About 50 high-net-worth individuals from Hong Kong gathered in the China
Club last week to hear Mr Dobbs-Higginson's sales pitch.
Asia is regarded as the fastest-growing part of the world in importance to
the film industry - and the opportunity for investors in this region to benefit
from the lucrative US movie business is attractive.
The minimum purchase of US$ 500,000, equal to one share, helps fund the
making of between 35 and 40 feature films over a five-year period.
The two main Hollywood chiefs behind Phoenix Pictures are Mike Medavoy,
former production head at Orion Pictures and chairman at TriStar, and Peter
Hoffman, previously president and chief executive officer of Carolco Pictures.
The movies for which Mr Medavoy has been responsible have won 47 Oscars and
have been nominated for more than 100.
Investors will also own shares to a ''rights owning corporation'', which
will own copyright and distribution rights - guaranteeing continuing returns.
Nomura Securities is co-lead manager of the fund, and the financial house's
Zurich brand will act as custodian bank
Pheonix just incorporated last week.
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