Saturday 4th July 2015

Dear Reader,

Here's why you haven't heard from us lately...

Webb to defend HK media freedom in landmark appeal
In a public hearing on 13-Jul-2015, Webb-site's founder, editor and publisher will appeal against an Enforcement Notice issued by the Privacy Commissioner which, if upheld, would have wide-ranging implications for freedom of speech and publication in HK and access to media archives of HK-based publishers. (4-Jul-2015)

Bonus hogwash
The Stock Exchange and SFC continue to allow companies to make false and misleading statements about "bonus" issues of shares - we take a look at the latest example. (11-Jun-2015)

Takeovers Panel sanctions Chow Yei Ching, Oscar Chow Vee Tsung & Joseph Leung Wing Kong
SFC, 2-Jul-2015

Duo charged with HK$27m fraud, theft and money laundering
ICAC, 25-Jun-2015
This involves the solution in which human organs are flushed and preserved pending transportation and transplant. What a pickle. Who knew it was so expensive?

SFC statement on SEHK's draft proposal on weighted voting rights
SFC, 25-Jun-2015
Hurray! This should kill it, as all changes to Listing Rules must be approved by the SFC. The SFC board "unanimously concluded that it does not support the draft proposal for primary listings with WVR structures". Now Government should recognise the huge conflict of interest in HKEx being a for-profit rule-maker and regulator. The Listing Division should be transferred to the SFC and merged with its Corporate Finance Division which oversees the Takeovers Code, as a Government-appointed Expert Group recommended in 2003.

HKSAR v Theodore Cheng Chee Tock: dead man's appeal continues
HK Court of Final Appeal, 25-Jun-2015
Mr Cheng died in December after leave to appeal to the CFA had been granted but before the appeal could be heard. The CFA grants approval for his widow Leonora Yung Chi Fung to carry on the appeal instead.

Shangri-la Hotel (Kowloon) Ltd v Appeal Tribunal (Buildings)
HK Court of First Instance, 24-Jun-2015
They wanted to slap an extra 2 floors onto the Kowloon Shangri-la. The application for judicial review is dismissed.

Trading firm director charged with HK$1.3m bribery while Japanese listco director wanted by ICAC
ICAC, 22-Jun-2015
Have you seen Aruko Arakawa, ED of Japan-listed Kohnan Shoki Co Ltd, pictured on page 3? If so, contact the ICAC.

HKSAR v Alexander Au Pak Cheung
HK Court of First Instance, 22-Jun-2015
Mr Au's conviction is quashed, on a successful challenge to the reliability of LiDAR speed guns due to possible panning errors. The expert defence witness was probably Dr Michael Clark of the UK. We note that at a distance of 131.7 metres as measured, if you are aiming at a registration plate that is 30cm off the ground, a 0.13 degree shift is enough to hit the ground instead. LiDAR doesn't actually measure speed - it measures distance at time intervals, so if you pan the target then you can get a false reading. Incidentally, Mr Au is also a racing driver in the Audi R8 LMS Cup.

Tam Mei Kam & others v HSBC International Trustee Ltd & others
HK Court of First Instance, 22-Jun-2015
Anita Mui's mum fails again.

Yorkey (2788): minority shareholders veto connected transactions
Company announcement, 18-Jun-2015
It wasn't Waterloo or LegCo, but the Battle of Yorkey was a victory for investors despite a ballot stuffed with uninstructed TDRs and the so-called Employees' Trust. Now we hope the board's minds will be focussed on restructuring the balance sheet and paying out the surplus cash. At the meeting, management once again claimed great plans to invest in business expansion - but this was not disclosed in the annual report and no such steps have been taken since the 2006 listing.

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