H-SHARE boards of directors might need to consult stock exchange officials about their declarations linked to previous convictions, says as official. Head of the exchange listing division Herbert Hui said the directors of H-share companies presented the exchange with a number of special difficulties relating to the declaration of previous convictions. He was talking at a stock exchange workshop in Qingdao for senior executives of overseas-listed Chinese companies. Mr Hui said requirements being looked at for directors to reveal past criminal convictions are expected to cover all types of law breaking, going beyond fraud and dishonesty. He said the exchange would consider whether directors already appointed to company boards should make a new undertaking or declaration flowing the imposition of any new criteria, now being examined. In the case of H-shares there was the possibility that past politically related convictions that might end up being covered by the new requirements. This raises the prospect of activities dating back to the Cultural Revolution being declared under director's undertakings or declarations. In relation to director declarations at Egana International, the company stated the controversy surrounding former director Siegfried Unruh was in part caused by Mr Unruh residing overseas when listing proceedings were going on. Mr Unruh apparently failed to complete a declaration in relation to previous convictions. It was later discovered Mr Unruh had a previous conviction and he later resigned. 'The directors of the company and its advisers were informed that as the criminal conviction occurred in Germany a substantial time ago the records officially were expunged under German law which likewise prohibits and penalises any disclosure or public statement concerning the expunged conviction,' director Peter Lee said. It is understood Standard Chartered Asia, the listing sponsor, told the stock exchange of Mr Unruh's previous conviction on July 28, 1993, a month after the listing. The missing form Mr Unruh should have signed apparently was found to have been missing by lawyers to Egana in early to mid-July, Standard Chartered said.