HKMA refers 23 Lehman-Brothers-related cases to the SFC for further action
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has today (Friday) referred to the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) 23 cases involving complaints of alleged misconduct in respect of investment products related to Lehman Brothers for it to decide whether to take further action. The 23 cases, which are the twentieth batch of Lehman-Brothers-related cases referred in this way, involve alleged misconduct by three licensed banks in Hong Kong.
Since 17 October 2008, the HKMA has referred a total of 379 Lehman-Brothers-related cases, involving 16 banks, to the SFC for further action. These cases have been reviewed by the HKMA, which has determined that there are sufficient grounds for referring them to the SFC.
The HKMA has, up to 12 March 2009, received 20,403 complaints concerning Lehman-Brothers-related products, of which 20,267 complaints have gone through the preliminary assessment process. Apart from the 379 cases referred to the SFC so far, the HKMA has formally opened investigations on 4,959 complaints and is currently seeking further information on 14,292 complaints. Six hundred and thirty-seven complaints have been found to lack sufficient prima facie evidence to support further action (A table summarising the complaints received so far is attached).
For further enquiries, please contact:
Thomas Chan, Communications Chief, at 2878 1480 or
Peggy Lo, Manager (Communications), at 2878 1687
Hong Kong Monetary Authority
13 March 2009