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XFML : Betting on China – International Financing, Emerging Markets, and Corporate Governance Risk


Code : GOV0031

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Industry : Banking, Insurance and Financial Services

Region : China

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XFML: Xinhua Finance Media Limited Up until a few years ago, most of the IPO action came from state-owned Chinese companies that went public. These offerings would touch the billion-dollar mark. China’s mushrooming private economy has since boosted the number of deals, pushing US-listed Chinese IPOs from the low- to mid-single digits each year from 1995 to 2003, to an era of abundance – according to data from New York-based Dealogic, which provides software to the investment banking industry. The eight to ten annual deals from 2004 through 2006 was likely to expand in 2007, since five IPOs were already listed as of mid-March 2007...

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