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Tough Rules, Competition Stifling China Startup IPO Plans – Nikkei

In 2021, more than 80 companies cancelled plans to list on Shanghai’s tech-focused STAR market, double the number in 2020


A Chinese flag flutters outside the China Securities Regulatory Commission building. Regulators' new rules may be deterring startups from launching IPOs.
A Chinese national flag flutters outside the China Securities Regulatory Commission building on Financial Street in Beijing. Tougher rules imposed by the CSRC are being blamed for dozens of startups pulling out of IPOs last year. Photo: Reuters.

 

A growing number of startups in China are cancelling plans to launch initial public offerings (IPOs) in the wake of stiffer competition from bigger rivals, after Beijing put tighter regulatory norms in place with the aim of safeguarding investor interests, Nikkei Asia reported.

In 2021, more than 80 companies cancelled plans to list on Shanghai’s tech-focused STAR market, double the number in 2020, with the latest being farm drone maker XAG that withdrew IPO plans last month, the report said. The list included Royole, the Chinese startup that launched the world’s first commercial foldable phone, voice recognition firm Unisound and Hesai Technology, a company that develops sensors for autonomous vehicles.

Read the full report: Nikkei.

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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