Posts tagged as: France

HK investors give foreign issuers cold shoulder

13th March 2014

Fast Retailing, the Japanese owner of fashion brands Uniqlo, Theory, Comptoir des Cotonniers and Princesse tam.tam, listed depository receipts in Hong Kong on March 5.

L’Agefi WikiFinance blog

5th February 2012

Read my columns on IPOs in the leading French financial daily L’Agefi.

An outline for PPR’s Asian PR pitch

3rd October 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – PPR SA’s refocusing is still a work in progress. The lack of growth at its legacy retailing business is affecting overall margins, and penalizing valuation. A flotation of part of the Asia-Pacific activities of its luxury arm, Gucci Group, in Hong Kong would boost its market capitalization, and create a vehicle to fund acquisitions in its fastest-growing region of operations.

Memo to Bernard Arnault

26th September 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – As the fortunes of the world’s top luxury goods companies increasingly hinge on growth in Asia, and with Prada SpA showing that Western companies can successfully tap the Hong Kong stock market, ECM bankers there have been actively pitching corporates from Europe and beyond to float in Asia.

HKEx to admit French companies to listing

28th March 2011

As previously reported on this website in January 2011, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong is expanding the list of jurisdictions it recognizes to admit international companies to listing in the SAR.  The latest jurisdiction to be recognized is France.

Agnès B – A textbook IPO in Hong Kong?

16th March 2011

HONG KONG (Dow Jones Investment Banker) – As the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong finally opens its capital markets to allow listings by companies incorporated in no fewer than 15 jurisdictions, investment banks are actively scouting both the old and new worlds to identify candidates for IPOs there. Not all will fit the bill, and a significant presence in Asia will generally be a prerequisite. Secretive fashion group Agnès B, from France, could tick most boxes.



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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).

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