Friday, October 25, 2013

Alibaba puts IPO plans on hold

News this week: China’s largest e-commerce company, Alibaba Group, has put its initial public offering (IPO) plans on hold to allow Hong Kong’s stock exchange and its regulators to rethink over its proposal of a dual-class share structure listing. The listing structure would allow its 28 partners to nominate a majority of board members to retain control over the nomination of a majority of board members.

Jonathan Lu, Alibaba’s chief executive, was quoted, “We decided to put down the issue after the last round of discussions. Hong Kong may need some time to understand the creative management structure for a creative company.”

The company earlier confirmed that its partnership structure has been accepted by both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ Stock Exchange for a potential IPO in the U.S., as well as engaging in discussion with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) about a possible listing in the U.K.

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