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China Weighs Reviving Jack Ma’s Ant IPO as Crackdown Eases

  • Beijing is close to issuing license that clears path for IPO
  • Securities watchdog has set up team to review listing plan
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WATCH: CHina’s regulator denied a report by Bloomberg that it was working to revive the IPO of Ant Group Co. Stephen Engle reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Chinese financial regulators have started early stage discussions on a potential revival of Ant Group Co.’s initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter, one of the clearest signs yet that authorities are dialing back a crackdown on the tech industry that began with the scuttling of the world’s biggest listing almost two years ago.

The China Securities Regulatory Commission has established a team to reassess the fintech giant’s share sale plans, said one of the people, who asked not to be named discussing private information. Authorities are also nearing the final stages of issuing Ant a long-awaited license that would clear the path for an IPO and make the company regulated more like a bank, the people said.