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China Considers Closing Loophole Used by Tech Giants for U.S. IPOs

  • Securities regulator working to change overseas listing rules
  • Change would require VIE firms to get nod to list offshore
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WATCH: Didi Global Inc. shares fell for a third consecutive day as Chinese regulators are considering closing a loophole used by firms listing their shares abroad. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Regulators in Beijing are planning rule changes that would allow them to block a Chinese company from listing overseas even if the unit selling shares is incorporated outside China, closing a loophole long-used by the country’s technology giants, according to people familiar with the matter.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission is leading efforts to revise rules on overseas listings that have been in effect since 1994 and make no reference to companies registered in places like the Cayman Islands, said the people, asking not to be identified discussing a private matter. Once amended, the rules would require firms structured using the so-called Variable Interest Entity model to seek approval before going public in Hong Kong or the U.S., the people said.