Billionaire CEO Lau resigns after court finds him guilty of bribery and money laundering

Real estate developer Chinese Estates Holdings said on Sunday, March 16, 2014, its Chairman and Chief Executive Joseph Lau has resigned after he was found guilty of bribery and money laundering charges in Macau. -- FILE PHOTO: APPLE DAILY
Real estate developer Chinese Estates Holdings said on Sunday, March 16, 2014, its Chairman and Chief Executive Joseph Lau has resigned after he was found guilty of bribery and money laundering charges in Macau. -- FILE PHOTO: APPLE DAILY

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Real estate developer Chinese Estates Holdings said on Sunday its Chairman and Chief Executive Joseph Lau has resigned after he was found guilty of bribery and money laundering charges in Macau.

Mr Ming-wai Lau, the 33-year-old son of Joseph Lau, was appointed chairman and acting CEO effective March 14, the company said in a securities filing.

The younger Lau was the vice chairman of Chinese Estates and previously worked at Goldman Sachs and hedge fund firm Longview Partners before joining his father's company in 2006.

Joseph Lau was found guilty of corruption in a land deal in Asia's gambling capital of Macau on Friday and sentenced to five years in jail. He has filed an application to appeal against the verdict, Chinese Estates said.