Imperial Pacific names high-profile advisers from US

Updated: 2016-04-25 13:58

By BIAN JIBU in New York(

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Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific International Holdings Ltd has established a three-member advisory committee to provide the firm's management with "sound strategic and tactical advice".

The initial members of the committee, former governor of Pennsylvania Edward Rendell; former governor of New York David Paterson; and former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Louis Freeh, are all former high-profile individuals in the US' political scene.

They have been appointed members of the company's advisory committee with effect last week, Imperial Pacific said.

The main function of the advisory committee is to provide the management of the company with sound strategic and tactical advice on issues that the group may face from time to time, including but not limited to business strategies and government relations, the firm said in a statement.

"The board has determined that the establishment of the advisory committee with members who have considerable experience of governmental and regulatory policies will strengthen the company's corporate governance," it said.

Freeh headed an investigation group that produced the report used by casino operator Wynn Resorts Ltd in 2012 to justify the ousting from that company of former director Kazuo Okada. The Japanese businessman at the time was Wynn Resorts' largest single shareholder. The report concluded that Mr Okada and his associates had allegedly made payments totaling $110,000 to executives of the Philippines gaming regulator, breaching United States anti-corruption laws. Okada denied that. The matter is still being disputed in the US court system.

Okada was awarded a licence in 2008 to operate a casino in what is now known as Entertainment City, in the Philippine capital Manila. His Manila Bay Resorts is scheduled to open in December. Imperial Pacific currently operates a "temporary casino" on Saipan, a Pacific island that forms part of the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The $25-million gaming venue began operations last year.

The company started the construction of a $500 million casino resort - the "Grand Mariana" - in mid-2015. The Grand Mariana is expected to open in the first quarter of 2017.