Shin Je-yoon, chairman of the Financial Services Commission, said “I will make sure Tong Yang Group’s majority shareholders take responsibility for the recent turmoil of the group.”

FSC chief: Major stakeholders are to blame for Tong Yang debacle

Lee Jin-myung, Park Seung-chul

2013.10.10 17:51:18

Shin Je-yoon, chairman of the Financial Services Commission, said “I will make sure Tong Yang Group’s majority shareholders take responsibility for the recent turmoil of the group.” “The consistent principle underlying corporate restructuring has been that majority stakeholders take responsibility and protect innocent victims,” chairman Shin told reporters of Maeil Business Newspaper Thursday. The chief of the regulator added “I am also willing to meet with individual investors who bought commercial paper issued by Tong Yang Group’s subsidiaries.” His comment refers to the nationwide defaults on credit card payments in 2004 and the debacle regarding the LIG Group’s commercial paper, in which majority stakeholders were held accountable. As for some other cash-strapped conglomerates, chairman Shin said “the government executes restructuring in accordance with capitalism and rule of law.” Therefore, “the government cannot determine either to stifle or keep a company that still runs a business beforehand.” He said “corporate restructuring is entirely left to the hands of the market and creditors,” and in this regard, “Tong Yang Group’s fate has been determined by the market.” Prior to his comment, chairman Shin and Choi Soo-hyun, governor of the Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), discussed measures to deal with the embattled Tong Yang Group with Chung Hong-won, prime minister, and Hyun Oh-seok, deputy prime minister and finance minister Tuesday following a meeting of cabinet members. The FSS has decided to thoroughly examine Hyun Jae-hyun, chairman of Tong Yang Group, and his family regarding the insolvency of the Group’s affiliates, and track down his hidden assets, with the help of the investigative authorities when needed.

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