Game Over Sino Forest

Tyler Durden's picture

Just released from The Ontario Securities Commission:

R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5 as amended

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(Section 127(1) & (5))

    WHEREAS it appears to the Ontario Securities Commission (the "Commission") that:

  1. Sino-Forest Corporation (“Sino-Forest”) is a publicly traded Canadian company and a “reporting issuer” in Ontario and other provinces, as that term is defined in section 1(1) of the Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as amended (the "Act");
  2. Allen Chan (“Chan”) is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Sino-Forest;
  3. Albert Ip (“Ip”) is the Senior Vice President Development and Operations North–East and South-West China of Sino-Forest;
  4. Alfred C.T. Hung (“Hung”) is Vice-President Corporate Planning and Banking of Sino-Forest;
  5. George Ho (“Ho”) is Vice-President Finance of Sino-Forest;
  6. Simon Yeung (“Yeung”) is Vice President - Operation within the Operation / Project Management group of Sino-Panel (Asia) Inc., a subsidiary of Sino-Forest (“Yeung”);
  7. Since 2003, Sino-Forest has raised approximately $2.986 billion from public investment and/or debt securities issues including four public offerings between 2004 and 2009 which approximately raised $1.05 billion;
  8. Sino-Forest has over 150 subsidiaries, the majority of which are registered in the British Virgin Islands and Peoples Republic of China (“PRC”);
  9. Sino-Forest’s operations are predominately in the PRC and its management has offices in Hong Kong primarily and also in the PRC and Ontario;
  10. Staff of the Commission is conducting an investigation into the activities and business of Sino-Forest and its subsidiaries and their management;
  11. The Independent Committee of Sino-Forest has also been conducting an investigation into the activities and business of Sino-Forest and its subsidiaries and their management. As a result, Sino-Forest has recently suspended Ho, Hung, and Yeung temporarily and curtailed Ip’s duties and responsibilities.
  12. Sino-Forest, through its subsidiaries, appears to have engaged in significant non-arm’s length transactions which may have been contrary to Ontario securities laws and the public interest;
  13. Sino-Forest and certain of its officers and directors appear to have misrepresented some of its revenue and/or exaggerated some of its timber holdings by providing information to the public in documents required to be filed or furnished under Ontario securities laws which may have been false or misleading in a material respect contrary to section 122 or 126.2 of the Act and contrary to the public interest;
  14. Sino-Forest and certain of its officers and directors including Chan appear to be engaging or participating in acts, practices or a course of conduct related to its securities which it and/or they know or reasonably ought to know perpetuate a fraud on any person or company contrary to section 126.1 of the Act and contrary to the public interest;

    AND WHEREAS, the Commission is of the opinion that the time required to conclude a hearing could be prejudicial to the public interest as set out in section 127(5) of the Act;

    AND WHEREAS the Commission considers it to be in the public interest to make this order;

    AND WHEREAS by Authorization Order made July 14, 2011, pursuant to subsection 3.5(3) of the Act, each of Howard I. Wetston, James E. A. Turner, Kevin J. Kelly, James D. Carnwath, Mary G. Condon, Paulette L. Kennedy, Vern Krishna, Christopher Portner and Edward P. Kerwin, acting alone, is authorized, to exercise the powers of the Commission under the Act, subject to subsection 3.5(4) of the Act, to make orders under section 17 of the Act.

    IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that, pursuant to clause 2 of section 127(1) of the Act that all trading in the securities of Sino-Forest shall cease;

    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to clauses 7 and 8 of section 127(1) of the Act that Chan, Ip, Hung, Ho and Yeung resign any and all positions that they hold as a director or officer of Sino-Forest or any other registrant and that they are prohibited from becoming or acting as director or officer of an issuer;

    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to clause 2 of section 127(1) of the Act that all trading by Chan, Ip, Hung, Ho and Yeung in securities shall cease;

    IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to section 127(6) of the Act that this order shall take effect immediately and shall expire on the fifteenth day after its making unless extended by order of the Commission.


    DATED at Toronto this 26th day of August, 2011.



So.... Wellington doubling down on Sino Forest shares after they knew the company was fraud was probably not the smartest idea? What excuse do they have for this fiasco.

Or what about billionaire Richard Chander?

Also, as a reminder, how many of these "analysts" who held Sino Forest at a "Buy" as of June 2, or the day of the Muddy Waters report, have been fired?

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Flakmeister's picture

My, my, how the mighty have fallen...

How the fuck do you loose $500,000,000 bucks on something like this?

TheTmfreak's picture

Can't wait to see a Muddy Waters "we told you morons" article.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Muddy Waters.  Upstanding citizen, patriot.

oogs66's picture

here's to you ontario sec commission - better late than never like our own sec

John Law Lives's picture

I don't know what brand of drink that is, but it looks refreshing!

If it were Talisker 10-year Distiller's Reserve Single Malt Scotch, I could go for a dram.

TheTmfreak's picture

I have a bottle of 18 year Yamazaki single malt calling my name at home. Perhaps i'll have a dram of it tonight....

I keep trying to tell myself to quit drinking, but every weekend i forget about the previous weekend and just remember how much i love the taste of great drinks.

Smiddywesson's picture

Youngster.  If it's only weekends, you have 20 more years of hard drinking ahead of you.


ManufacturedOpinion's picture

Muddy Waters is da bomb.

What great analysis they produce.

Almost as good as ZH itself!

BTW ... SPRD (another muddy waters target) is ripe for shorting (again).  Just reach in the till and take out a few dollars for yourselves.  Be careful though - it's one of the most manipulated stocks on the planet, methinx.




The only thing the USA manufactures these days is YOUR OPINION !!

Careless Whisper's picture

how many of these "analysts" who held Sino Forest at a "Buy"...  have been fired?

fired? bwahahahahaha. how many have been promoted for getting suckers to buy the stock?


JW n FL's picture


InconvenientCounterParty's picture

Ask Warren Buffet after today's close.

DaveyJones's picture

con men are more renewable than trees

russki standart's picture

Sino Forest reminds me of the BreX scam in many ways. In 2005, I asked one of my friends if I should play Sino Forest. He suggested that it may offer good trading opportunities, but it was a pure pump and dump play.  Like BreX,  Sino was likely to be a quick play to separate suckers from money, but the scam far exceeded the expectations of the most optimistic players.  What I find amusing is why anyone would invest in any of the chinese fraudcaps in the first instance. A superficial due diligence of their markets would reveal that most listed companies routinely exaggerate assets, conceal blatant conflicts of interest, and inflate earnings.  It is just the way they play given rampant government corruption.

vast-dom's picture

Fired? Are you naive TD? Unless I missed your //sarc/ ?

augie's picture

give it a name...

uninspired's picture

never had this happen to me before... what happens to my short position?

foofoojin's picture

The same thing that always happens. Your children will pay for it.

foofoojin's picture

The same thing that always happens. Your children will pay for it.

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

If you sold a call, you keep the money.

If you bought a put, you're shit out of luck.

Long-John-Silver's picture
ALLEN CHAN found shot in head, will be buried at sea. 


ManufacturedOpinion's picture


funny as hell.




The only thing the USA manufactures these days is YOUR OPINION !!

DaveyJones's picture

that's why our economy is simply jacking off

I Told YOU So's picture

"Also, as a reminder, how many of these "analysts" who held Sino Forest at a "Buy" as of June 3, or the day before the Muddy Waters report, have been fired?"

analysts positive reccos are a very good contrary indicator when a security is going down, their customers shorted the stock on the way down and now they need to unload the stock to the stupids that actually trade using the analysts.

The Axe's picture

well done Tyler, and muddy

snowball777's picture

Tiimmmmmmbbberrrr, bitchez!

OuaisBla's picture

Can't wait the resume of operation to Short Sino forest.

Oh... maybe I won't be allowed to short a penny stock ...

SheepDog-One's picture

But does the delegation from China still get to keep the Wu Tang Clan?

brandy night rocks's picture

The game of chess, is like a swordfight
You must think first, before you move
Toad style is immensely strong, and immune to nearly any weapon
When it's properly used, it's almost invincible


eigenvalue's picture

But SPRD, which MW suggested could be another fraud is still at $16. Higher than the price on the day before MW issued its open letter.

WiretapWilly's picture

Impossible.  Wasn't everyone just falling overthemselves about how awesome the Canadian banking sector was?  Those guys know what they are doing obv!

Terminus C's picture

You should have seen the stink the Canadian MSM made when this report came out.

"Oh, Sinoforest has been doing business in Canada for all these years. It is obvious that these allegations are false... Blah blah blah."

ZH information gets the Canadian MSM in as much of a tizzy as the US MSM. I think the reason for the Globe and Mail 'attack' on ZH was carried out because of Sinoforest as well.

irishlink's picture

all these banks that are concentrating in Asia particularly China must now start scrambling. How many of these duds have they fought each other to finance? HSBC?

Larry Darrell's picture

I'm sure Tyler was busy and just forgot, so



orangedrinkandchips's picture

ok Larry,


I am trying to find a clip of a cartoon we use to watch as is the one of a dog- cant remember his name- but he is trying to kill some other character by cutting down a tree...he cuts it so it is about to fall....then takes the innocent look with his hands behind his back.


The funny part of it is he is like TIMMMM....ber. The tree falls on him but the sound of the voice is classic....the BER! is so nasaly it is it should be..the TIM is in regular voice but the BER is really as if the tree fell on him.....


it's hilarious and I cant find it....

HoardeBilly's picture

Or even better:

<singing> Ohhhhh, I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay...

Pool Shark's picture

Is it time to break out the:

DOW 10K hat again?

I Told YOU So's picture

might be prudent to buy (hedge for gold going down hard after bernank) a few gll calls

SheepDog-One's picture

Gold will still recover nicely after chasing out the trader/speculators....remember, we have NOT printed any LESS no matter what the clownass says today.