From Hong Kong:
SFC seeks court orders against former chairman of Kong Sun Holdings Limited and China Sandi Holdings Limited
The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has commenced legal proceedings in the Court of First Instance to seek disqualification and compensation orders against Mr Tse On Kin, former chairman and executive director of Kong Sun Holdings Limited (Kong Sun) and China Sandi Holdings Limited (China Sandi), for devising a scheme to conceal his interests in the companies’ share placements in 2009 (Notes 1 & 2).
The SFC alleges that Tse, who was the chairman of the two companies at the material time, used a nominee company to subscribe for their placement shares, which were intended only for independent placees.
Tse also allegedly concealed his interests in the placement shares from the companies’ boards and shareholders in order to obtain them at discounts for which he should not have been eligible.
As part of the proceedings, the SFC is seeking orders to compel Tse to account for the profit he made from the sale of the placement shares in Kong Sun and to pay compensation to Kong Sun for the secret profit he made (Note 3).
In Malaysia both shares being held by nominees and the issue of private placements are a rather common practice (in the very large majority of private placements we will never know the names of the persons or companies that will receive the placement shares).
I am therefore almost sure that the above scheme to conceal interests must have happened at Bursa listed companies, probably frequently.
But why has there been hardly any enforcement at all in this area? Are the enforcement agencies not pro-active enough, doing some investigations, looking for clues, connecting the dots, following the money trail?
I don't suggest enforcement of this is easy, but a few successfully prosecuted cases would at least give some confidence that action is being taken and that perpetrators are at a risk.