Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Top HK Developer Sun Hung Kai's Board Ousts Chairman - BT

Source : The Business Times, May 27, 2008

HONG KONG - The board of Hong Kong's top developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties, ousted company chairman Walter Kwok on Tuesday as a family power struggle convulsed one of the city's most respected blue-chip firms.

Mr Kwok is replaced by his 79-year-old mother, Kwong Siu Hing

Mr Kwok, who has taken a leave of absence since Feb 18, has accused younger brothers Thomas and Raymond of trying to have him dismissed without legal basis, but a Hong Kong court on Monday rejected his bid to block a vote by the board.

Their mother, Kwong Siu Hing, 79, will take Walter Kwok's place, the firm said in a statement.

Sun Hung Kai shares climbed 1.3 per cent in the morning, following a 1.8 per cent gain on Monday. But they had shed a tenth of their value since the start of the month, as the Kwoks' increasingly acerbic battle made newspaper headlines. -- REUTERS

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