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  1. 17 hours ago

    Alibaba affiliate wins approval for bank licence

    China’s bank regulator has approved the launch of two privately owned commercial banks, part of a broader effort to offer...

  2. 18 hours ago

    Yahoo: nothing to celebrate

    Riding on others’ coattails never ends well. While Yahoo’s share price soared in the past two years on anticipation of...

  3. September 29, 2014

    Private equity-backed IPOs could hit seven-year high

    A surge of private equity backed flotations could see global initial public offering activity this year reach the highest...

  4. September 28, 2014

    Alibaba in talks for HK version of Yu’E Bao money market fund

    Alibaba is looking to start a Hong Kong version of its enormously popular Chinese money market fund, which pays higher rates...

  5. September 26, 2014

    Alibaba: Weapons of mass ecommerce

    The high-strength carbon fibre made by Japan’s Toray Industries is eagerly sought after by the makers of racing bikes and...

  6. September 26, 2014

    Activist urges Yahoo to merge with AOL

    Starboard Value, a US activist investor, has called on Yahoo to explore a strategic tie-up with AOL as a way to reduce the...

  7. September 26, 2014

    OnDeck Capital eyes joining peer-to-peer IPO drive

    OnDeck Capital, an alternative lender that uses new technology to make small business loans, has filed confidentially for an...

  8. September 23, 2014

    HKEx’s stance on voting rights leaves it out in the cold

    To Asia-based bankers, Alibaba’s interest in the number eight – from the $68 upper limit of its initial price range, to the...

  9. September 22, 2014

    Alibaba lights up US listings market

    One word has been on the minds and lips of participants in the US listings market in recent months – and Alibaba, the...

  10. September 22, 2014

    Alibaba IPO hits record $25bn

    Alibaba has secured its place as the world’s largest-ever stock market flotation, after it announced that bankers running...

  11. September 21, 2014

    Pressure on Alibaba’s Jack Ma to deliver on roadshow rhetoric

    Alibaba’s IPO banks split $250m fee pool In 1992, when Jack Ma was an English teacher in Hangzhou, he needed about $4,000 to...

  12. September 21, 2014

    Alibaba: From FOMO to FOGI

    Fear of missing out, or FOMO, can make people do irrational things. And so it proved on Friday when shares in Chinese...

  13. September 19, 2014

    Alibaba’s IPO banks split $250m fee pool

    Banks working on Alibaba’s initial public offering stand to split fees worth more than $250m after a successful first day...

  14. September 19, 2014

    How Alibaba turned itself into a different type of company

    It was February 2012 and the future at Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce company, had never seemed grimmer. Alibaba.com, the...

  15. September 19, 2014

    Alibaba closes at $93.89 in NYSE debut

    Shares in Alibaba surged by 38 per cent on their first day of trading, valuing Jack Ma’s Chinese ecommerce juggernaut at...

  16. September 19, 2014

    Five takeaways from Alibaba’s pricing

    Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce juggernaut, priced its initial public offering at $68, the top of a range that it had already...

  17. September 18, 2014

    Alibaba prices shares in IPO at $68

    Alibaba, the ecommerce company that helped transform both retailing and finance in China, has priced its initial public...

  18. September 18, 2014

    Alibaba investors must reckon with Jack Ma factor

    Stock market investors do not often get a chance to back a pure play on growth at this scale. So it will not be surprising...

  19. September 18, 2014

    Alibaba to keep it simple for NYSE debut

    There were penguins on the New York Stock Exchange floor when SeaWorld went public, and traders in bathrobes for the initial...

  20. September 15, 2014

    Alibaba lifts IPO range to $66-$68

    Alibaba is drawing closer to setting records for the world’s largest initial public offering, after strong investor demand...

  21. September 15, 2014

    Jack Ma stresses Alibaba’s global ambitions

    Alibaba’s executive chairman Jack Ma emphasised his company’s global ambitions as he pitched one of the world’s largest ever...

  22. September 14, 2014

    A rocket ride for Alibaba IPO

    Bad news comes in threes. This week brings the US Federal Reserve meeting on Wednesday, the first targeted long-term loans...

  23. September 12, 2014

    Alibaba to close IPO order books early

    Alibaba will begin closing the order books for its $21bn initial public offering on Tuesday after receiving enough demand to...

  24. September 12, 2014

    Disturbing elements ahead of Alibaba IPO

    Gallium, a silvery liquid at room temperature, is one of the earth’s rarest metals, used in semiconductors, microwave...

  25. September 11, 2014

    Alibaba defends payments unit split-off

    Alibaba executives have defended a controversial deal to split off its payments arm, as investors expressed their concerns...

  26. September 9, 2014

    Lex in depth: Alibaba

    life and times Alibaba’s IPO this month could raise as much as $21.1bn for a company that dominates China’s ecommerce...

  27. September 8, 2014

    Investors see funny side of Alibaba IPO

    Jack Ma, the former English teacher who founded Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, broke the ice with potential investors on...

  28. September 6, 2014

    Ma’s ambition calls for patient investors

    Jack Ma, founder of the world’s largest ecommerce platform, has always dreamt big. “The world has given us the opportunity...

  29. September 5, 2014

    Dear investors: Letter from Jack Ma as Alibaba prepares roadshow

    Thank you for taking the time to read our prospectus, and for considering investing your precious resources in our company....

  30. September 5, 2014

    Alibaba eyes valuation of up to $163bn

    Alibaba, the ecommerce giant that in 15 years has transformed China’s retail landscape, is seeking a valuation of as much as...

  31. August 30, 2014

    Alibaba targets launch week for IPO

    Alibaba is expected to begin an eagerly awaited roadshow for what could be the largest ever initial public offering early in...

  32. August 29, 2014

    ‘Brushing’ casts doubt on Alibaba figures as $20bn IPO looms

    After four years managing a private delivery company in the Chinese city of Ningbo, Chen Qian has acquired a new skill: he...

  33. August 28, 2014

    China mobile internet groups enjoy surge in revenues

    Chinese smartphone users are taking to mobile ecommerce faster than expected, creating a boom for mobile internet companies....

  34. August 27, 2014

    Alibaba sales surge ahead of IPO

    Alibaba has posted a surge in mobile revenues and raised its internal valuation to $140bn as the Chinese ecommerce giant...

  35. August 26, 2014

    China property savings: clicks and mortar

    It was inevitable: the Chinese real estate market has reached the frequent-flyer mile stage. Residential property developer...

  36. August 17, 2014

    China’s internet giants end expensive taxi app wars

    China’s two biggest internet companies have called a truce after spending billions of renminbi in the past six months to...

  37. August 13, 2014

    Alibaba: paying up

    What is the plural of prospectus? Would-be Alibaba shareholders can ponder this as they read the fourth version of the...

  38. August 13, 2014

    Alibaba overhauls its Alipay relationship

    Alibaba has restructured its relationship with the parent of Alipay, eliminating a $6bn cap on the Chinese ecommerce group’s...

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