Moody's Investors Service Hong Kong Limited

Court of Final Appeal to hear Moody’s case
HK Court of Final Appeal, 7-Feb-2018
Court of Appeal dismisses Moody's leave application to appeal to CFA
SFC, 17-Oct-2017
Court of Appeal upholds SFAT's ruling on Moody's Red Flags Report
SFC, 8-Jun-2017
The appeal failed, but the Court held that the SFAT was wrong to conclude that the Report itself constituted credit ratings, because the opinions were not "primarily" regarding creditworthiness - a definitional point which Moody's had failed to make in the SFAT. Nevertheless, the Court held that the Report fell within Moody's Type 10 credit rating activities because it amplified or supplemented its ratings. The right of appeal to the court is limited to points of law, so it does not discuss whether the report was produced to a high enough standard. As Webb-site has previouly opined, it was, and attacking Moody's has had a chilling effect on further licensed research of this nature. Have you seen any other red flag reports since 2011?
Critics of China economy risk backlash from regulators
Straits Times Singapore, 5-May-2016
Moody's says it will appeal against HK tribunal decision on "red flags" report
Reuters, 28-Apr-2016
SFAT's red flag on Moody's chills negative research
We look at what the SFAT's ruling and the SFC's action says about the future of Hong Kong as a place in which freedom of debate and negative criticism is becoming increasingly difficult. (8-Apr-2016)
SFAT sets Moody's hearing for 10-12-Sep-2015
SFC, 8-Jan-2015
SFC actions risk chilling critics
A New Year's Eve SFAT ruling reveals an SFC action against Moody's for its 2011 "red flags" report, following the recent launch of MMT action against a short-selling analyst. The SFC risks chilling publication of critical opinion and analysis - something we would hate to stop doing. We will be watching the cases carefully. (1-Jan-2015)

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