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Crown signals retreat from tour partners after ‘junkets’ scandal

Australian casino giant, Crown Resorts, has signalled it may reduce its reliance on Chinese “junket” operators as multiple investigations begin probing revelations it used recruiting firms connected to drug runners and other suspected criminals to lure cashed-up foreign gamblers. Crown on Wednesday also defended its due diligence and oversight… Read More

Goldman’s Star in Hong Kong Turns Into 1MDB Scandal’s Enigmatic Man

Andrea Vella was Goldman Sachs’s top dealmaker in Hong Kong. He had a nose for splashy trades, a fondness for the Bentley Continental, and a vague enough resemblance to George Clooney that there was even a joke among some bankers: “What would George do?” That was almost a year ago. Read More

Western Companies in Hong Kong Activate Contingency Plans as Turmoil Spreads

Western companies with large operations in Hong Kong are activating plans for employees to work remotely, and considering how to respond to a variety of possible scenarios, as protests and police actions in the city become more widespread and unpredictable. On Tuesday, as protesters disrupted Hong Kong’s airport… Read More
13th August 2019
Inquiries from Hongkongers about property in Portugal, the homeland of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, have seen an upswing in recent months as wealthy residents and investors clamour for an alternative residency amid escalating political tensions in the city, analysts said. Since its unveiling in 2012, Lisbon’s golden visa scheme has… Read More
13th August 2019
The B.C. government is suing to seize properties in the B.C. Interior that it alleges were linked to a $200-million-plus international stock fraud. In a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court this month, the B.C. Civil Forfeiture Office alleges a $1.6-million house on Mission Ridge Road in Kelowna and a… Read More
12th August 2019
An Asian money launderer used a Star Entertainment casino account in Sydney to send more than $400,000 offshore in a transaction tracked by Australian Federal Police investigators. The money was destined for Macau multi-millionaire casino tycoon, Alvin Chau, whose high-roller travel business, known as a junket, is licensed and paid… Read More
31st July 2019
South Africa’s public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who heads the country’s top anti-corruption body, was flagged by global banking giant HSBC as having financial links to the infamous Gupta family, according to banking records leaked to OCCRP. The Guptas are at the center of South Africa’s Judicial Commission of Inquiry… Read More
9th July 2019
Noah Holdings Ltd., one of China’s largest wealth managers, levied accusations of fraud against Camsing International Holding Ltd., the Hong Kong-listed company that said last week its chairman had been detained by police. The asset manager has filed a lawsuit and reported Camsing to… Read More
4th July 2019
Hong Kong’s financial regulator has banned former Goldman Sachs (GS.N) banker Tim Leissner from re-entering the industry for life for his crimes linked to the multi-billion-dollar scandal at the Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB. The sanction is latest for Leissner who has already been barred from the banking… Read More
1st July 2019
According to a government statement, Hong Kong was found to be particularly effective in the areas of risk identification, law enforcement, asset recovery, counter-terrorist financing and international co-operation. The Hong Kong government has issued a statement welcoming the recognition from the the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) of… Read More
26th June 2019
A recently unsealed contempt ruling against three Chinese financial institutions that have missed subpoena deadlines could open the way for US officials to cut off dollar-clearing services for Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, The Washington Post reported Monday. The ruling, which does not name the institutions, is believed to target… Read More
17th June 2019
Some Hong Kong tycoons have started moving personal wealth offshore as concern deepens over a local government plan to allow extraditions of suspects to face trial in China for the first time, according to financial advisers, bankers and lawyers familiar with such transactions. One tycoon, who considers himself potentially politically… Read More
10th June 2019
Riot police surrounded Hong Kong’s parliament early on Monday after what had been a peaceful million-strong protest against an extradition bill descended into running clashes between police and protesters. Several hundred riot police armed with batons, shields, tear gas guns and pepper spray sealed off the Legislative Council as a… Read More