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Release Date: 25th July 2019

To access the original FCA document, click here.


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued final notices against Cathay International Holdings Limited, its CEO Jin-Yi Lee, and its Finance Director Eric Siu for significant regulatory failings. The firm and the individuals chose not to refer the matter to the Upper Tribunal, solidifying the FCA’s decision.

Cathay International Holdings Limited, Mr Lee, and Mr Siu were fined for failing to meet regulatory standards, specifically relating to the accuracy of financial reporting and corporate governance. The FCA found that Cathay, under the leadership of Mr Lee and Mr Siu, did not ensure accurate financial information and proper reporting procedures, which posed substantial risks to investors and undermined market integrity.

The FCA’s investigation revealed that Cathay and its executives failed to uphold appropriate governance standards, resulting in misleading financial disclosures. This misconduct included the failure to disclose accurate financial information and a lack of transparency in their reporting processes, which violated their regulatory obligations.

Key Takeaways for Other Firms:

In conclusion, the FCA’s final notices against Cathay International Holdings Limited, its CEO, and its Finance Director highlight the critical importance of maintaining high standards in financial reporting and corporate governance. Firms and their senior management must prioritise transparency, accuracy, and integrity to protect investors and maintain market confidence.

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