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OP in HK – Day 3 – Desperately Seeking Suen Pt 1

Birmingham International Holdings have been in negotiation with Trillion Trophy Asia now for nearly a year for the sale of the holding company and/or Birmingham City FC. Very little is known about TTA – a situation I aimed to rectify today.

To recap, it was back in June 2015 that TTA signed a two year exclusivity period with BIH to complete the takeover. This gave the BVI-registered company a long period of time without interruption from other potential bidders to get the deal over the line.

Very little is known about TTA – it was only when documents for the mortgage placed upon St Andrew’s which formed the security for the loan TTA made to BIH that gave us any idea of who were behind TTA – as reported on this site in August last year.

The Address of TTA in Hong Kong

This confirmed the HK address of Trillion Trophy Asia – Great Eagle Centre in Wanchai, and later in the document the beneficial owner of TTA was listed as Paul Suen Cho Hung.

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Mr Suen has never been photographed by the press and his picture isn’t online anywhere. Today, I went along to the Great Eagle Centre to try and find out more about him and TTA.

Great Eagle Centre, Wan Chai

I’ll be honest and say that if Mr Suen hadn’t deigned to grant any member of the press here in Hong Kong an interview, I didn’t expect him to give one to some hairy-arsed Blues fan from Kingshurst; something I was proven right about. However, I did get to speak to a spokesman for TTA, who while wasn’t able to go into any detail due to confidentiality was able to give some comments for publication.

I was told that TTA were very aware of the “love the fans have for the club” and that they agreed that investment would be needed to improve the squad and push for promotion. When I asked for some assurance on the takeover I was told that “[the fans] should be patient and Keep Right On”.

Behind this door lies TTA's office

I have always said that I can only ever speak for myself and I wouldn’t presume to tell people what to think about TTA. All I can give is my honest impressions of what I was told and leave judgment of that to the individual reader.

My own gut instinct is one of cautious optimism; like BIH yesterday they definitely expected me to visit (someone was out to see me within 15 seconds of arrival) but unlike past dealings with BIH under the previous board, I wasn’t immediately shooed away. I expected them to tell me they couldn’t talk about things due to confidentiality and HKSE regulations but I didn’t expect them to say anything else; for them to do so was a pleasant surprise.

I did say to their spokesman that from my own viewpoint I would like to see someone from TTA speak to the media following any possible takeover to give an idea of what they were intending to do with the club – I personally think the veil of secrecy for so long causes uncertainty and doubt and I think even if Mr Suen doesn’t want to do it himself, a face, a point of contact for TTA would be good to help show they really aren’t just another faceless investment vehicle.

Later on today I’ll be posting a video of what I else I’ve found out about Paul Suen including some extra bits I’ve not mentioned here.

This trip wouldn’t have happened without the support of Blues fans including: Richard Wildsmith, “Eudyptula”, David Pugh, Art Watson, Roger Hooper, Gordon Fletcher, Gary Loveridge, Michael Hancox, G Miles, Neil Pouney, the Blues Trust, Blues Middle East, PJ Planning, Open Tax Services and many others.

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