Should Banks Be Held Responsible for Losses which their Clients have Suffered as a Result of Purchasing Wealth Management Products?
By Wang Fengli and Wang Jiangang, King & Wood’s Dispute Resolution Group
For many people, their main wealth management strategy involves purchasing financial products promoted by banks. Since the first impact of the global financial crisis was felt in 2008, the performance of different bank-issued financial products has varied greatly. Some Chinese investors have lost money as a result of buying financial products promoted by foreign-funded banks, and some have even sued those banks for compensation. Since financial products are generally quite complex, hurt investors often make their claim against a bank on the grounds that the bank failed to give clear notice about the risks inherent in the financial product which it was promoting and that the bank induced the investor into purchasing a product while concealing important facts.…
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The Best of a Bad Deal
From 2003-2007, over US$100 billion poured into China via offshore structures in tax havens like the Cayman Islands. Much came from global institutional investors who tasked alternative investment managers with allocating a percentage of their portfolios to high-yield opportunity funds, emerging markets and real estate.
Everyone wanted a piece of the “China Dream,” but in recent months they have woken up to deteriorating economic conditions. Institutional investors are forcing redemptions of their investments from high-yield, high-risk markets.
Jack Rodman, Senior Advisor to King & Wood\‘s International Debt/Restructuring Practice
Summarized from Mr. Rodman’s article for China Economic Review, May 2009.…