China Investors Face Wake-Up Call in Sound Global (967 HK) Slide After Audit Issues Flagged and Independent NED and Chairman of Audit Committee Resigns

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-01/china-investors-face-wake-up-call-in-sound-global-slide

China Investors Face Wake-Up Call in Sound Global Slide

byLianting Tu

April 1, 2015

(Bloomberg) — A Beijing-based water treatment company is fueling concern about corporate-governance risks in China as its bonds fall by a record after it flagged potential audit issues.

Sound Global Ltd.’s U.S. currency 2017 notes slid 22.3 cents to 68 cents on the dollar as of 5:10 p.m. in Hong Kong after it said in a filing Tuesday that audit work will be continued as issues are not resolved. The debentures have tumbled from 108 cents at the beginning of the year, after research firm Emerson Analytics Co. alleged in February Sound Global exaggerated revenue.

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One Woman’s Crusade for Samsung Family to Repay $2.2 Billion IPO Windfall ijn Samsing SDS; Lee family benefited from an illegal transfer of wealth from a 1999 deal later ruled by courts to be illegal

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-01/-chaebol-sniper-targets-samsung-lees-2-2-billion-ipo-windfall

One Woman’s Crusade for Samsung Family to Repay $2.2 Billion IPO Windfall

byRose Kim

April 1, 2015

(Bloomberg) — As a student, Park Young Sun always enjoyed standing up to the big boys.

“She was the unofficial head of all the girls and would confront boys that bullied or played pranks on them,” said Bruce Lee, a fund manager who first met the three-term opposition lawmaker almost five decades ago when they were seven-year-olds in elementary school in Seoul.

Park has shifted her sights from schoolyard bullies to business titans and her latest target is as powerful as they come: the family behind the nation’s biggest conglomerate or chaebol, Samsung Group. She says they should pay back profits from a 1999 deal later ruled by courts to be illegal — money she says the family may use to fund the transfer of assets to the children of Samsung patriarch Lee Kun Hee. Lee remains hospitalized following a heart attack. Continue reading

Class-Action Lawsuits Follow SEC Interest in Accounting Issues

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2015/03/31/class-action-lawsuits-follow-sec-interest-in-accounting-issues/

Mar 31, 2015

Class-Action Lawsuits Follow SEC Interest in Accounting Issues

MICHAEL RAPOPORT

The number of securities class-action lawsuits alleging accounting fraud jumped 47% in 2014, even as the overall number of securities class actions was little changed, according to a new report from Cornerstone Research issued Tuesday. The increase stems partly from a similar jump in accounting-fraud enforcement cases brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cornerstone said, as the SEC renewed its focus on financial-reporting and disclosure issues in 2014 after several years of focusing on other matters. Continue reading

Accounting Class-Action Filings Jumped 47% Last Year; Accounting Class Action Filings and Settlements 2014 Review

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Accounting Class-Action Filings Jumped 47% Last Year

LOS ANGELES (MARCH 31, 2015)

BY MICHAEL COHN

Filings of securities class actions with accounting-related allegations increased 47 percent in 2014, according to a new study. The study, by Cornerstone Research, found that accounting settlements represented the majority of the number and dollar value of total settlements. After two years of relatively low activity, 69 new cases were filed with accounting allegations, compared with 47 in 2013 and 45 in 2012. Continue reading

Japan’s exchange operator is taking steps to restore confidence in the stock market after an investor outcry over a recent string of questionable IPOs with accounting fraud in mobile online game developer Gumi, energy start-up Eneres, etc

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March 31, 2015 2:30 pm

Japan to tighten scrutiny of IPOs

Kana Inagaki in Tokyo

Japan’s main exchange operator is taking steps to restore confidence in the stock market after an investor outcry over a recent string of questionable initial public offerings. Atsushi Saito, chief executive of Japan Exchange Group, said on Tuesday that JPX will toughen the screening process for companies seeking listings by requiring them to disclose more detailed information on their earnings outlook. It will also tighten checks on accounting practices. The move came after several Japanese companies over the past year disclosed accounting irregularities or revised their guidance shortly after their shares floated on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Continue reading

S.E.C. Charged Financier Lynn Tilton of Defrauding Investors for allegedly hiding the poor performance of loan funds her firm managed, and collecting almost $200m in fees that it did not deserve

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/31/business/dealbook/sec-accuses-financier-lynn-tilton-of-defrauding-investors.html?emc=edit_dlbkpm_20150330&nl=business&nlid=36114517&_r=0

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-31/distressed-diva-loved-her-companies-too-much-to-mark-them-down

Distressed Diva Loved Her Companies Too Much to Mark Them Down

5 MAR 31, 2015 9:42 PM EDT

By Matt Levine

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought civil securities fraud charges against Lynn Tilton and her firm, Patriarch Partners. Lynn Tilton once had a television show called “Diva of Distressed.” “It’s only men I strip and flip,” she said in the pilot. “My companies I keep long-term and close to my heart.” Here is a Jessica Pressler profile of Tilton in which a former employee complains that “the experience of working for Tilton was so emasculating that it took him months after leaving the firm to have sex again.” Lynn Tilton is what people call a colorful character, is the point I am trying to convey.  Continue reading

Morgan Stanley-Backed China Nature Flooring (2083 HK) Profit Warning: Net loss due to the recognition of a substantial decrease in fair value of the Group’s biological assets

(2083) China Flooring Holding Company Limited: Nature Home Holding Company Limited issued profit warning for the year ended 31 December 2014 due to the recognition of a substantial decrease in fair value of the Group’s biological assets.

Related: Late audits halt trading in Morgan Stanley-backed stocks Tianhe Chemicals (1619 HK) and Sihuan Pharmaceutical (460 HK)