Firewalls to be drawn between industry, finance

Monday, 7 April 2003, 9:31 PM EST

The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday made it clear that a strict firewall will be set up between industrial giants and their financial subsidiaries in a move to prevent conglomerates from abusing financial units for business expansion and controlling the business arms.

In a report to President Roh Moo-hyun yesterday, FTC Chairman Kang Chul-kyu said conglomerates will be prohibited from exercising voting rights in their financial subsidiaries.

According to analysts, once the system is put in place, the Samsung group will be hit hardest as it controls many large financial units, including Samsung Life Insurance, Samsung Securities and Samsung Card.

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