SFC publicly censures Goldman Sachs for breaches of the Takeovers Code
2 Feb 2016
The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) has publicly censured Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. (Goldman Sachs) for breaches of the Code on Takeovers and Mergers (Takeovers Code) whilst acting as a financial advisor to Wing Hang Bank, Limited (Wing Hang Bank) in relation to a voluntary general offer for the bank (Note 1).
Goldman Sachs’ conduct fell far short of the standards expected of a financial advisor under the Takeovers Code in that between 8 November 2013 and 6 January 2014:
- Goldman Sachs executed 111 trades in the securities of Wing Hang Bank without making the requisite dealing disclosures and no prior consent was obtained as required for 26 of these trades (Note 2); and
- Goldman Sachs failed to comply with the restrictions on issue and distribution of research reports in relation to the research reports it published on Wing Hang Bank.
In deciding the sanction, the SFC took into account Goldman Sachs’ cooperation and self-reporting of the breaches.
A copy of the Executive Statement is available on the SFC website.
- Goldman Sachs is an institution licensed to carry out Type 1 (dealing in securities), Type 4 (advising on securities), Type 5 (advising on futures contracts), Type 6 (advising on corporate finance), Type 7 (providing automated trading services) and Type 9 (asset management) regulated activities under the Securities and Futures Ordinance.
- Goldman Sachs fell within the definition of “associate” of Wing Hang Bank for the purposes of the Takeovers Code immediately upon the verbal engagement of Goldman Sachs by Wing Hang Bank on 8 November 2013.
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