China securities watchdog seeks cooperation with US SEC to support overseas listings

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China’s securities regulator said on Sunday it will seek closer cooperation with its US counterpart and will support overseas listings, after U.S. regulators tightened disclosure for Chinese companies and voiced concern about Beijing’s regulatory actions.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) said in a statement that it had taken note of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) new requirements for disclosure regarding Chinese companies’ listings and that the two sides should “uphold the spirit of mutual respect” and “strengthen communications on regulating China-related stocks.”

The CSRC has always been open to companies choosing where to go public and “China’s basic national policy of advancing reform and opening up is unswerving, and the financial opening to the outside world will continue,” it said on its website.

The SEC said on Friday it would require Chinese companies to disclose “uncertainty about future actions by the government of China that could significantly affect the operating company’s financial performance,” before allowing them to raise capital through U.S. stock markets.

Chinese issuers must also disclose if they were denied permission from Chinese authorities to list on U.S. exchanges and the risks that such approval could be denied or rescinded, the SEC added.

China has been tightening its regulatory grip on overseas share issuance after it launched a cybersecurity probe of ride-hailing giant Didi Global Inc last month, just days after its listing in New York.

China’s cabinet said on July 6 that it would strengthen supervision of all Chinese firms listed offshore.

Following suit, China’s cyberspace regulator said that any company with data for more than 1 million users must report for a cybersecurity review before seeking overseas listings. China’s central bank has also said that non-bank payment firms must report plans for overseas listings.

Reuters

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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.