The number of unicorns, companies worth more than US$1 billion, exploded globally over the past three years, despite the slowdown caused by Covid-19, says Hurun chairman Rupert Hoogewerf during the release of the Global Unicorn Index 2023 by Hurun Research Institute, at the China Daily. Especially the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) did very well, the report says.
Alibaba’s plan to split its US$200 billion company into six entities with IPO potential unlocks massive opportunities for investors, says business analyst Shaun Rein to CNA. It also aligns nicely with Xi Jinping’s intention to make China’s economy, more competitive by dividing up the Alibaba giant, he adds.
Two hundred Chinese companies listed in the US thought they would get a pass when the PCAOB accepted late last year the auditing process for those companies. But financial analyst Winston Ma warns there are still significant uncertainties for those firms, as the SEC still indicates on its website those companies are still in danger of being delisted, he tells CNBC.
The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has proposed over Christmas rules for Chinese firms who want to apply for an IPO at overseas stock markets. But those new rules lack much-needed clarity, says financial expert Winston Wenyan Ma at CNBC. “Domestic companies need to comply with relevant provisions in the areas of foreign investment, cybersecurity and data security, a draft said, without much elaboration,” writes CNBC.
Until a few weeks ago, listing at US stock markets was a favorite way to raise capital for fast-growing Chinese companies. That venue is closed now, and VC veteran William Bao Bean sees still bears on the road for on-shore listing’s at China’s stock markets, he tells the South China Morning Post.
Former US President Donald Trump tried to derail relations with China by banning stocks from Chinese companies at US stock markets. Now, under President Joe Biden, certainty for stock markets including the Chinese shares is key, says former White House advisor Harry Broadman at US News. Although there might be some other dangers.
Despite the trade tensions between China and the US, many tech companies from China still turn to American stock markets for their need for capital. Shanghai-based VC William Bao Bean explains why China’s markets can still not match the capital requirements of domestic companies, he tells at Emerge 2020.
Chinese listings at US stock markets got recently under fire. Former US assistant trade representative Harry Broadman looks with some amazement at this market at the International Finance Law Review (IFLR). “After decades of working in China intensively on financial accounting, there is not a single state-owned enterprise I’ve worked on that I can think of that abided by international accounting standards,” Broadman says.