- Overseas Trust Bank
Overseas Trust Bank Limited
Former type Subsidiary of Dao Heng Bank Industry Finance and Insurance Founded 1955 Defunct 2003 Headquarters 160 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong Products Financial Services
Overseas Trust Bank Limited (OTB) (Chinese: 海外信託銀行有限公司) was a bank in Hong Kong. It was established in 1955 by Chang Ming Thien, a Malaysian businessman and it was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. It was the fourth largest bank in Hong Kong before acquisition.
Collapse and takeover by Government
On June 6, 1985, OTB suddenly announced that it was on the brink of collapse, due to its severe cash flow and bad debt problems. Bad debts held by the bank reached US$89.5 million. To recover the confidence of the public and investors of the Hong Kong banking system, the Hong Kong Government stepped in and took over OTB in the following day. From 1985 to 1986, the government ordered the Royal Hong Kong Police and ICAC to investigate the causes of OTB downfall. In May 1986, the former chairman of OTB, Patrick C.T. Chang, was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport reportedly with a large amount of cash and jewellery. In 1987, Chang and OTB's former senior management were sentenced to jail by Hong Kong Law Court.
Sold to Guoco
Sold to and merged with DBS Bank
In 2001, Singaporean DBS Bank acquired and privatized Dao Heng Bank, together with OTB, from Guoco Group. In 2003, DBS Bank merged DBS Kwong On Bank, Dao Heng Bank and Overseas Trust Bank to form DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited.
- ^ a b Guoco Buys Overseas Trust
- ^ Fishing - village boy who made good
- ^ ICAC - The Collapse of OTB
- ^ Business Notes Finance
- ^ ICAC - The Collapse of OTB: The Road to Ruin
- ^ DBS Group in Deal to Acquire Controlling Stake in Dao Heng Bank
- ^ DBS operations in Hong Kong legally merged to become DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
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