2019年7月7日星期日
 
專家論市
Martin Hennecke

HKEX chief stresses high standards to stay clean
 
05/07/2019
 
<p>Charles Li Xiaojia, chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (0388), has stressed the bourse is not involved in any corruption case and it aims to bring foreign-listed Chinese companies, such as Alibaba and Baidu, back to China.</p><p>Li said one former staff member of HKEx was suspected of corruption but the stock exchange was not involved in the case, adding that the bourse has the highest ethical standards and has a sound internal process and system to supervise business.</p><p>A former joint head of the initial public offering vetting team on the HKEx and two of his associates were arrested by the Independent Commission Against Corruption over suspected corruption and misconduct in public office last month.</p><p>Li said the HKEx aims to take root in China, connect the world and embrace technology.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Securities and Futures Commission released a statement outlining recurring types of misconduct in relation to corporate acquisitions and disposals that have given rise to concerns and, in some cases, led to intervention by the SFC.</p><p>Directors and their advisers are reminded to comply with their statutory and other legal duties when evaluating or approving the acquisition or disposal of a company or a business.</p><p>Misconduct includes lack of independent professional valuation, lack of independent judgment and accountability, quality of earnings and impact on the financial position.</p><p>In 2017 and 2018, the SFC issued letters of concern to more than 46 listed issuers about proposed corporate transactions or other actions. More than 55 percent of these cases involved proposed corporate acquisitions or disposals.</p>

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