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  1. 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...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    September 19, 2014

    Thumbs up for the Alibaba IPO

    Brendan McDermid/Reuters Alibaba Group Holding Ltd founder Jack Ma (2nd L) poses as he arrives at the New York Stock...

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  1. FT Tech Hub

    September 19, 2014

    Alibaba live: Tracking biggest tech IPO

    The stock market has never seen an IPO like it. At $25bn, assuming the expected high demand leads the underwriters to sell...

  2. 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...

  3. September 17, 2014

    SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son tops Japan rich list

    SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son has overtaken Tadashi Yanai, founder of Fast Retailing, to become Japan’s richest man,...

  4. September 16, 2014

    SoftBank: playing the market

    The rules of supply and demand are straightforward. Online marketplace Alibaba knows this. As founder Jack Ma and his team...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. September 7, 2014

    Method in the madness of the Alibaba cult

    A small group of committed revolutionaries spend years in the wilderness, committed to a utopian theory of radical change...

  10. 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...

  11. 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....

  12. August 20, 2014

    US may be a gamble too far for Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank

    Masayoshi Son, the billionaire founder of the telecommunications group SoftBank and perhaps Japan’s most successful example...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. July 15, 2014

    Yahoo agrees to fresh deal on Alibaba stake

    Yahoo has made a deal to keep a greater share of its stake in Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba when it goes public in what is...

  16. June 30, 2014

    Jack Ma claims to not know how to use Taobao

    Jack Ma, Alibaba’s founder, admitted on Sunday that he had never once used Taobao, the ebay-like flagship website for the...

  17. June 5, 2014

    Alibaba: soccer Ma

    Some football fans have enough money to buy the team, not just a ticket. Most do so out of love of the game. Not Jack Ma. “I...

  18. June 5, 2014

    Alibaba buys 50% stake in Chinese football club

    Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese ecommerce group Alibaba, has added one of China’s most successful football clubs...

  19. May 12, 2014

    Alibaba’s Ma urges climate change in war against Tencent penguin

    It was October 2013 and Jack Ma, founder and chairman of Alibaba, China’s largest ecommerce company, was in the mood to kill...

  20. May 10, 2014

    Expectations raised for JD.com’s US listing

    Chinese ecommerce company JD.com could raise as much as $1.7bn in an upcoming US listing, demonstrating strong investor...

  21. May 9, 2014

    Blame the Fed for scale of tech stocks retreat

    On Tuesday Alibaba filed its offer memo for listing what could be the largest technology debut in history. Alibaba, which...

  22. May 7, 2014

    Open sesame: prospectus lifts the lid on Alibaba

    The 248-page prospectus issued by Alibaba has lifted the lid on the usually secretive company that over 15 years has become...

  23. May 7, 2014

    Alibaba: sale of the century

    This time last year Jack Ma, Alibaba’s founder, told an investor conference in Hong Kong that US ecommerce was a mere...

  24. FT Tech Hub

    May 7, 2014

    Alibaba: what we now know (and what we still don’t)

    Alibaba on Tuesday submitted the first filing for its upcoming initial public offering in New York. Unusually for a private...

  25. FT Tech Hub

    May 7, 2014

    Show me the money: Alibaba's top shareholders

    Alibaba’s shareholder list contains some well-known names from around the globe — from China and Japan to Singapore, Silicon...

  26. May 7, 2014

    Alibaba spurs familiar misgivings on transparency

    Dual-class share arrangements that entrench the control of founders have become a feature of internet investing in the...

  27. May 6, 2014

    Alibaba makes its case for bumper US IPO

    Alibaba is pitching itself as a way to invest in the rapid growth of ecommerce in China and beyond, as the Chinese internet...

  28. May 1, 2014

    Alibaba in talks to reclaim stake in online payment group

    Alibaba, the Chinese ecommerce group, is in talks to buy back a stake in its online payment arm Alipay, which in 2011 was...

  29. April 25, 2014

    Alibaba founders turn to philanthropy

    Alibaba founders Jack Ma and Joe Tsai have set up charitable trusts funded by share options in the company, seeking to...

  30. April 8, 2014

    Alibaba continues buying spree

    Alibaba Group, the Chinese ecommerce group, continued a string of deal making designed to strengthen its appeal ahead of a...

  31. April 3, 2014

    Alibaba founder buys China software group stake for $531m

    Alibaba is poised to expand its footprint in the Chinese financial sector after Jack Ma, founder of the ecommerce group,...

  32. March 23, 2014

    Alibaba has almost single-handedly brought ecommerce to China

    Shopping in China can be a nightmare. First there are the hazards of simply leaving your home: the smog, the traffic and the...

  33. March 19, 2014

    Chinese internet: Mobile wars

    Within the past few months it has become impossible to hail a taxi at rush hour in Beijing. Instead of stopping for...

  34. March 10, 2014

    Daketang, Shanghai

    Where: Number 25, Lane 388 South Xiangyang Road, Shanghai WiFi: Yes Plug sockets: Yes Price of Pu’er tea: ground floor,...

  35. FT Alphaville

    February 11, 2014

    This is nuts. When's the 危机?

    Via the WSJ: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s online-payment affiliate is set to roll out its first wealth management product...

  36. December 16, 2013

    Sometimes failure is no success at all

    What struck me most forcefully in the profile of Jack Ma, Financial Times person of the year, was not the Alibaba founder’s...

  37. December 12, 2013

    Person of the year: Jack Ma

    The sound of 16,000 people chanting “Ali, Alibaba” fills the Yellow Dragon Stadium in Hangzhou, a city on China’s eastern...

  38. December 3, 2013

    Relationship building more important than deals, say analysts

    David Cameron won support from businesses for his China mission despite evidence that some of the £5.6bn of deals announced...

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