Alibaba said to mull raising $20b via second listing in HK

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is considering raising $20 billion via a second listing in Hong Kong after a record-breaking 2014 New York market debut, according to people with knowledge of the matter, a mega-deal that will bring China’s largest company closer to investors in its home country.

The e-commerce giant is working with financial advisers on the planned offering, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private. Alibaba is aiming to file a listing application in Hong Kong confidentially as early as the second half of 2019, the people said. A second listing is intended to diversify its funding channels and boost liquidity, one of the people said. The plans are preliminary and could change, the people added.

Alibaba raised $25 billion selling shares on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014 in the world’s largest first-time share sale, after struggling to persuade Hong Kong regulators to approve its proposed governance structure. The city’s exchange finally gave the green light for dual-share classes last year, granting food delivery giant Meituan Dianping and smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp the right to issue stock with different voting rights.

The move also comes as Chinese companies face an increasingly hostile U.S. government which has put several Chinese tech companies on a blacklist. This year, Chinese games-streaming giant Douyu postponed its IPO launch following market jitters over the trade war.

Alibaba declined to comment. Its New York-traded shares have slid 22% as of Friday in the past year. It has a market capitalization of $400 billion as of Friday’s close. Monday is a public holiday in the U.S.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.