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China Regulator to Ban Evergrande Chair from Securities Market for Life

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Chinese regulators will ban the chairman of property giant Evergrande from the securities market for life, a subsidiary of the company said Monday, adding the troubled firm would be slapped with a hefty fine.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) “plans to rule in favor of issuing a lifelong ban from entering the securities market to (chairman) Xu Jiayin”, the company’s flagship unit Hengda Real Estate said in a filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange.

Evergrande “received an advance notice from the CSRC of administrative penalties and market bans targeting… illegal and illicit behaviors,” said the filing.

The company itself will “be ordered to make corrections and be issued with a warning as well as a fine of 4.175 billion yuan ($580 million).”

The ruling will conclude that Xu “made decisions and organized the implementation of financial fraud, using particularly egregious means and under particularly serious circumstances,” according to the filing.

He will also “be issued a warning and a fine of 47 million yuan.”

Evergrande’s astronomical debt has become a potent symbol of a years-long crisis in China’s property market — with knock-on effects across the world’s second-largest economy.

In January, a Hong Kong court issued a winding-up order for Evergrande, though the firm said its operations in the mainland would be unaffected by the decision.

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