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The question for Chinese tech companies before IPO’s – Hong Kong or New York?

January 29, 2018

Many Chinese high technology companies are musing over one question before going public: to list in Hong Kong or New York. Several cash heavy Chinese tech unicorns, including smart phone maker Xiaomi, might be angling to go public later this year with multibillion USD offerings, heightening investor interest in China’s technology sector. While Hong Kong offers familiarity with China’s unique regulatory landscape, New York offers a historically larger share of buy-side investors. Alibaba is also speculated to list in Hong Kong this year once a dual-class share system is established. Not to miss the boat, Chinese asset managers are racing to launch index funds that place bets on a select group of mainland stocks, which will be included in MSCI’s emerging market benchmark this year. All this and more in the note.

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