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Saudi Aramco IPO Pits London Against New York

  • Saudis soon to choose foreign bourse for top oil exporter
  • Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Toronto also vying for giant IPO
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QuickTake: The Business of Saudi Aramco

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Saudi Arabia aims to sell about 5 percent of Saudi Aramco in an initial public offering next year, and stock exchanges from the U.K. to Japan are vying for what may be the world’s richest IPO. 

The Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, will soon decide where to sell the company’s shares after government officials heard a presentation on the listing process last week, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The kingdom plans to list on the Saudi stock exchange in Riyadh and sell shares on at least one bourse outside the country. That choice pits the top global financial centers, London and New York, against each other for a sale that could value the largest oil exporter at as much as $2 trillion.