Monthly Archives: June 2012

Felda Global Ventures IPO trading debut

28th June 2012

I was interviewed again this morning on Bloomberg Television by anchor Rishaad Salamat in the “On The Move Asia” show, on the trading debut for the IPO of Felda Global Ventures.

Modest proposals for IPO reform

25th June 2012

Successfully closing IPOs is challenging in these tricky markets. Hong Kong has had its fair share of new listings pulled, delayed or altogether indefinitely postponed over the last year or so. The Securities and Futures Commission’s response has been to turn the screws on new issue sponsors and, now, on auditors.

Huadian Fuxin’s IPO takes to the air

18th June 2012

Amid an 85% year-on-year decline in global IPO volumes, clean energy firm Huadian Fuxin is set to price an initial public offering of up to US$389 million equivalent (including a 15% over-allotment option) on June 20. As a concession to current volatility, the deal was cut from an original US$1 billion.

Unliking the IPO price range hunger games

16th June 2012

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Banking Intelligence) – The Facebook IPO and its confusing messages have, once again, highlighted differences in IPO market practices between the U.S. and the rest of the world. ECM bankers in New York and the Silicon Valley could in fact take some lessons from Asian ways to send clear guidance to investors – and avoid causing IPO bubbles.

The Graff Diamonds IPO’s seven sins

11th June 2012

Graff Diamonds, a high-end jeweller, was supposed to have turned around Hong Kong’s moribund IPO market. It was not to be. Instead the company pulled its US$1 billion-equivalent listing on 30 May, piling more disappointment on an already massively downbeat market plagued by serial deal cancellations. What went wrong?

Inner Mongolia Yitai Coal’s IPO at the coalface

4th June 2012

Inner Mongolia Yitai Coal (which is quite a bit of a mouthful) has started investor education for its IPO of up to US$1.5 billion equivalent in Hong Kong. If successful, it would become the first B-share entity to list there.

Radio interviews on Asian IPOs

1st June 2012

I was interviewed this morning by anchor Bryan Curtis on Hong Kong’s RTHK 3 radio “Money For Nothing” programme. The topic was IPOs, with a focus on the Facebook flotation on NASDAQ, the aborted Graff Diamonds IPO in Hong Kong – and market conditions generally.



I have set up this blog to report notable events on international IPOs.

These include particularly remarkable transactions, changes in market practice (whether pertaining to documentation, valuation or marketing techniques) and regulations, as well as appointments in the sphere of equity capital markets (ECM).

Although the blog has a bias towards the Asia-Pacific region, since this is where I am based, it is intended to be global in both its scope and outlook.

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