David Webb

A Good Week for … , March 31, 2013

Peng Liyuan

Peng Liyuan, former folk singer-turned first lady, turned heads on her first official trip overseas alongside her husband, President Xi Jinping. 

Sunday, 31 March, 2013, 2:08am

Letters to the Editor, February 21, 2013

A vendor objects to high rent rises. Photo: David Wong

Without a law to protect homosexuals from discrimination, it is believed this minority group will suffer emotionally, especially in the workplace.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am 2 comments

Privacy Commissioner publicly ventures into surreal territory

Personal IDs are no secret.

On Friday governance and transparency advocate David Webb took down from the internet a list of the names of more than 1,000 Hong Kong residents, many of them prominent businesspeople, complete with their identity card numbers legitimately gleaned from freely available web sources.

19 Feb 2013 - 4:57am 1 comment

David Webb takes database with directors' ID numbers offline

David Webb

Corporate governance advocate David Webb last night withdrew his short-lived database listing identity card numbers of 1,100 company directors, just hours after the privacy watchdog launched an investigation. Webb's "indefinite suspension" of his index came as a former Companies Registry chief joined local professionals in condemning the government's proposal to hide directors' personal information in the registry, currently open to all. 

16 Feb 2013 - 3:46am 1 comment

Corporate crusader David Webb exposes 'secrets' in fight against director rule

Richard Li Tzar-kai. Photo: Oliver Tsang

The launching of the list - which included the two sons of tycoon Li Ka-shing, Victor Li Tzar-kuoi and Richard Li Tzar-kai, as well as Sun Hung Kai Properties chairman Thomas Kwok Ping-kwong and Webb himself - was "to prove that this is not in any way a secret".

14 Feb 2013 - 1:22am 2 comments

Chicken feet give Savannah a big foot in the shipping door

The food of new life

Who would have thought that chicken feet could bring a US port to life? But that is indeed what they have done for the port of Savannah, Georgia. Prior to 2002, Savannah was a quiet sleepy port. Then two things happened. First, the west coast dock strike resulted in a lot of cargo being redirected through Savannah, much of which it held on to afterwards.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:46am

Critics slam office relocation plan

The plan to move Hong Kong's financial watchdog and stock exchange to the planned tower on Government Hill to bolster Central's image as a core financial district is meaningless, critics say.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report 'HKEx blazes trail for blue chips with close above HK$200' on September 22 included a misplaced quote from corporate governance advocate David Webb. His comment about sending a negative signal to the market referred to the government's purchase of shares in Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, not the takeover bids for the London Stock Exchange.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Wong's Kong King chairman won't raise offer

David Webb says he will block buyout unless price is improved

Wong's Kong King International said its chairman Senta Wong would not raise the offer to buy all the company's assets despite the threat by major shareholder David Webb that he would block the deal unless it is improved.

7 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Quotes of The Week

Perhaps the funniest thing about the Chinese government investing in Blackstone Group's IPO is that they will get 'non-voting common units'. Rather like their own people, really

Corporate activist David Webb, referring to Beijing's investment of US$3 billion in the US private equity group ahead of its public offering

26 May 2007 - 12:00am

Hiding political donors' names breaks law, Ombudsman told

Election organisers broke the law when they published lists of donors to chief executive candidates with most names blacked out, shareholder activist David Webb says in a complaint filed with the Ombudsman.

The action made a mockery of the exercise, he said.

10 May 2007 - 12:00am

HKEx board split on narrowing of spreads

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing's board meeting on Wednesday is likely to be the scene of a heated debate on whether to narrow trading spreads for stocks and warrants that currently trade at between 25 Hong Kong cents and HK$2.

Reformer David Webb and his board ally Christine Loh Kung-wai are both in favour of the change and want it to be made immediately.

12 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Ocean Grand says transfer of funds omitted from disclosure

Ocean Grand Holdings, which went into liquidation last month with more than 800 million yuan in funds missing, and subsidiary Ocean Grand Chemicals Holdings admitted they omitted in earlier announcements details of dubious transfers involving hundreds of millions of yuan from their accounts, according to the latest announcement by the two firms.

9 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Price-fixing in freight forwarding not just alive but encouraged

Question: What do our bureaucrats say when they see a cartel?

Answer: 'Cartel? What cartel? No cartels here. Go away.'

LAST YEAR, OUR most notable corporate gadfly, David Webb, chanced across a circular from the Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarding and Logistics (Haffa), setting out for all members a detailed list of prices to be charged customers.

7 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Activists snare exchange board seats

The win by shareholder rights advocates means reform calls likely to continue

Shareholder rights activist David Webb and fellow reformer Christine Loh Kung-wai resoundingly beat a gaming boss and two stockbrokers for seats on the stock exchange board, suggesting pressure on the exchange for reform will continue.

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am