What is the room for newcomers in China´s e-commerce after Alibaba´s successful IPO? WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu discusses with Jef Walters of Boston Consulting, and finds that massive growth is still possible. Only half of China´s internet users is purchasing online, and mobile is still taking off in a country where most users have mobile.Read More →

Despite its close to US$22 billion IPO at the New York Stock Exchange today, business analyst Shaun Rein does not see in Alibaba a real global company. “Its model is not scalable in other large market like the US and Indonesia”, he says at has much work to do at home, especially on mobile where it is lagging.Read More →

The ongoing stand-off between securities regulators in China and the US keeps auditing firms hostage and might eventually lead to the delisting of Chinese companies at US stock exchanges. Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis tries to map out a way out of the maze in Forensic Asia.(pdf)Read More →

The US financial regulator Securities and Exchange Commission tries to reach a deal with the big four accounting firms, writes Compliance Week. But there is very little the big four can do, argues accounting professor Paul Gillis, since this is an issue between governments.Read More →

The trouble the big four accounting firms are having in China is hurting both turnover and their rankings, accounting professor Paul Gillis from Peking University writes on his weblog. “The Big Four had better find their game soon.”Read More →

The ongoing dispute where the China units of the Big Four accounting firms are banned from auditing US-listed companies, might drag into next year, fears accounting expert Paul Gillis, missing the fillings for April 2015. He pleads for a negotiated solution, but is not hopeful China and the US can work out a deal.Read More →

PWC is auditing Alibaba, but – writes accounting professor Paul Gillis at his weblog – it is very unclear whether the Hong Kong or the mainland offfice of PWC is doing the legwork. Officially it is the Hong Kong office, but Gillis has its doubts, and that might matter to the investors.Read More →

VIE structures are highly scrutinized and Beida professor Paul Gillis is fighting those structures via the Cayman Islands and other tax havens, although they need economic reforms to be iradicated. On his accounting website he looks at the IPO document Alibaba had to file and awards them the golden VIE standard.Read More →

Relaxing capital controls is needed fast, argues Beida professor Paul Gillis at his accounting weblog, as he analyses the position of Chukong Holdings Limited. They filed last week for a US IPO, but also use a so-called variable interest entity (VIE) structure, a source of many problems, argues Gillis.Read More →