Factbox: history of the case against Hong Kong tycoons
January 30, 2008: Ao Man-long, former secretary for transport and public works in Macau, jailed for 27 years for taking HK$800 million in bribes. His sentence was extended to 28 1/2 years in 2009 for further bribery offences.
April 16, 2012: Macau's Court of Final Appeal names Joseph Lau Luen-hung, chairman of Chinese Estates Holdings, and Steven Lo Kit-sing, chairman of BMA Investment, as being linked to the Ao corruption case.
May 9: Ao denies receiving HK$20 million in bribes from Lau and Lo in 2005.
May 24: Chinese Estates Holdings issues statement saying "Mr Lau strenuously denies the allegations levelled against him", adding he would continue as executive director of the company.
May 31: Lau and Lo charged with bribery and money laundering.
June 28: Lau ordered by Macau's Court of First Instance to appear for trial on 17 September.
August 14: Macau's chief executive Fernando Chui Sai-on invalidates sale of five plots of land near Macau airport.
August 15: Chinese Estates Holdings says it is determined to pursue compensation from the Macau government and the original owners of the five plots of land.
September 17: Case adjourned until January 7, 2013, due to Judge Alice Costa falling ill.