Hopewell Holdings

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Hopewell Holdings Limited
Public
Traded asSEHK54
Founded1972
HeadquartersHong Kong
Key people
Gordon Wu
SubsidiariesHopewell China Development (Superhighway) Limited
Websitewww.hopewellholdings.com Edit this on Wikidata
Headquarter of Hopewell Holdings

Hopewell Holdings Limited (Chinese: 合和實業有限公司) , established on 17 October 1972, is a Hong Kong infrastructure and property firm headed by Sir Gordon Wu.[1]

History[edit]

It was listed on the Hong Kong stock exchanges in 1972 and delisted when taken private in 2019.[2]

Hopewell Holding is a holding company for investments in infrastructure projects, property letting, property agency and management, hotel operations and management, restaurant operation and food catering, construction and project management.

Its primary businesses are in Guangdong province of People's Republic of China and Hong Kong. It was one of the first foreign companies to invest in infrastructure projects in the China and a pioneer of infrastructure developments across Asia, including the failed Bangkok Elevated Road and Train System (BERTS) project in Bangkok.

It holds 68 percent of Hopewell Highway Infrastructure Ltd, which is spun off by Hopewell Holdings and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in early August, 2003.

As one of the founders of Hopewell Holdings, Wu has been the managing director since 1972. He retired as the managing director of Hopewell Holdings in January 2002 but remains as chairman of the board.

Hopewell's businesses[edit]

Infrastructure[edit]

Hopewell is participating in the investment of five toll road projects with a total length of 360 kilometres (220 mi), all of which are in the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong Province in mainland China. Four toll road projects are in operation while construction of the 15 km (9.3 mi) Phase I of the Guangzhou-Zhuhai West Superhighway (Guangzhou to Shunde section) commenced in December 2001. All of the projects are in the form of co-operative joint ventures between Hopewell and Chinese partners.

  • Guangzhou-Shenzhen Superhighway (Guangshen Expressway)
  • Guangzhou East-South-West Ring Road
  • Shunde Roads
  • Shunde 105 Roads
  • Guangzhou-Zhuhai West Superhighway

Thailand litigation[edit]

Hopewell was the lead contractor for the ill-fated Bangkok Elevated Road and Train System. The project commenced in 1990 and was terminated by the Thai government in 1998, only 13% complete. Each side blamed the other for the failure of the project. Both parties sued, and the case has been in litigation since its cancellation. On 23 April 2019, Thailand's Supreme Administrative Court upheld an arbitration committee's ruling in favour of Hopewell, contractor for the 80 billion baht project. The court ordered SRT to pay Hopewell compensation of 11.88 billion baht, plus 7.5% interest per year. The interest, totaling 13 billion baht, brings the total to nearly 25 billion baht (c. US$400 million), payable within 180 days.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bloomberg page on Hopewells 2018-05-19
  2. ^ "Hopewell and the lemon discount". webb-site. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  3. ^ Limsamarnphun, Nophakhun (2019-04-27). "SRT faces hefty bill in Hopewell case". The Nation. Retrieved 2019-04-27.

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