The Maxis mandate

In one of the possible blowout deals of the year, ABN AMRO will take the Malaysian telco public.

One of 2002's most exciting IPOs will, it seems, come from Malaysia. Not only that, but it will come from a sector that was an international punchbag until recently - namely mobile telephony.

The company in question is Maxis, which has mandated ABN AMRO to take it public. It is reckoned that a deal will be launched by the Summer.

Maxis is the market leader in the Malaysian mobile scene with around 2.3 million subscribers and a roughly 30% market share. It is owned by Ananda Krishnan, and is viewed by analysts as a proxy for a recovering Malaysia, run along internationally acceptable corporate governance lines.

The deal will probably have a dual listing...

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