It was confirmed Thursday that three arrests were made and eight offices raided by ICAC.
The firm is a financial adviser for Hong Kong’s mandatory provident fund (MPF) pension scheme and for insurance products.
Convoy chairman Quincy Wong Lee Man said in the brief statement that the company will release an announcement “in relation to the inside information of the company”. However no time or date was given as to when this will happen.
Arrests and raids
Convoy’s share price plummeted by 7.2% to HK$0.167 (£0.015, $0.021, €0.018) following multiple media reports that Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has made several raids of offices and director homes as part of an on-going investigation.
Additionally, local news agency The Standard has reported that deputy chairwoman and executive director of financial advisers, Rosetta Fong Sut-Sam, and Christie Chan Lai-yee, an executive director, were arrested by anti-graft officers.
The agency reports Fong was escorted from her home by officers to the ICAC office where she was questioned for five hours.
Officers also searched Convoy’s head office and Fong’s home and removed some documents, The Standard reports.
Convoy and Fong have not responded to International Adviser requests for comment.
According to a report by South China Morning Post, companies connected to Convoy and several of its executive directors have been investigated by region’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC).
One of these companies, called Credit Finance Group, was ordered to suspend trading by the SFC on 24 November. Convoy holds 29.5% of the shares in this company.
In another case, the SFC ordered Town Health International Medical Group to suspend trading on 27 November. Convoy executive director Cho Kwai-chee is also executive deputy chairman at the medical health group.
The regulator said it discovered a medical group earnings report and annual report that was “materially false, incomplete or [contained] misleading information”.
In November 2016, Convoy paid £24m (€27.2m, $32.1m) for a stake in UK investment platform Nutmeg.
At the time UK chancellor Philip Hammond praised the move saying Britain was leading the way forward in global Fintech.
“This is another international investment into a home-grown UK company, demonstrating the UK is open for business,” Hammond said.
Following the acquisition Convoy held about 17% of Nutmeg’s shares.