Nomura International (Hong Kong) Ltd And Others v Securities And Futures Commission

CourtCourt of Final Appeal (Hong Kong)
Judgment Date21 Oct 1998
Citation[1999] 1 HKLRD 607;(1997-1998) 1 HKCFAR 250
Judgement NumberFAMV14/1998
SubjectMiscellaneous Proceedings (Civil)
FAMV000014/1998 NOMURA INTERNATIONAL (HONG KONG) LTD AND OTHERS v. SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION

FAMV000014/1998

FAMV No. 14 of 1998

IN THE COURT OF FINAL APPEAL OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

MISCELLANEOUS PROCEEDINGS NO. 14 OF 1998 (CIVIL)

(ON APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL

FROM CACV No. 34 OF 1998)

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Between:
NOMURA INTERNATIONAL (HONG KONG) LIMITED AND OTHERS
Applicants
AND
SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION
Respondent

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Appeal Committee: Chief Justice Li, Mr Justice Litton, PJ and Mr Justice Ching, PJ

Date of Hearing: 16 October 1998

Date of Determination: 21 October 1998

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D E T E R M I N A T I O N

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Mr Justice Litton, PJ:

Introduction

1. The background facts leading to this application for leave to appeal can be briefly stated. They go back some 2 1/2 years, to 29 March 1996 when there were unusual transactions effected by Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited in the Australian share and futures markets. The suspicion of the regulatory authorities in Sydney, London and Hong Kong was that Nomura (in its various corporate guises) was effecting false and misleading transactions and thus manipulating the markets. The positions taken in those markets were in the name of Nomura UK, but the trades on 29 March 1996 were done through the agency of Nomura Hong Kong.

2. In Australia, the investigations by the Australian Securities Commission led to a civil action being instituted by the Commission on 25 February 1997 against Nomura UK in the Federal Court (Action No. N63045 of 1997). The action was taken under various sections of the Corporations Law. The allegations against Nomura UK were, in essence, that the impeached transactions were false and misleading, in contravention of statute. There were pleadings and discovery in that action and, at the end of November 1997, the case was listed for a directions hearing before the designated trial judge. In Hong Kong, investigations by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) led eventually to a letter dated 23 October 1997, written by solicitors on its behalf, in which the SFC indicated its intention to take disciplinary action under the Securities Ordinance cap 333 and the Commodities Trading Ordinance cap 250 against Nomura HK and three other registered persons, officers of Nomura HK. Two of these persons were traders: It was through them that the impeached transactions in Sydney were effected. I shall refer to Nomura Hong Kong and the three officers as the...

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