Category Archives: IPO

What do auditors know about HNA? – Paul Gillis

Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis points at his weblog at the rumor Goldman Sachs has decided to suspend work on a HNA subsidiary IPO in the US, because they are unable to get enough information on this Chinese conglomerate. Gillis wonders what auditor PwC knows about their client.

Big Four: hit by financial crisis and domestic competition – Paul Gillis

Accounting professor Paul Gillis dives further into the demise of the Big Four accounting firms in China, at his weblog. After a successful entry into the China market, both the financial crisis and domestic competition wiped away whatever advantage they had.

What after the VIE disappears – Paul Gillis

For decades both Chinese and foreign companies in China used to circumvent murky Chinese corporate legislation by setting up so-called VIE´s on outside tax heavens, while the government basically looked away. Those days seem to be over, writes accounting professor Paul Gillis on his webblog, and the question is: what´s next?

Expected: Deal between China and US regulators on Big Four – Paul Gillis

The stand-off between financial regulars in the US and China, and the Big Four accounting firms might be over soon, expects accounting professor Paul Gillis, looking a a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal. Inculding a US$500,000 settlement fee for each of the four, he writes on his weblog.

Now China needs an audit regulator – Paul Gillis

The Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) will in 2015 drastically change the way how IPO´s take place in China. The government will step back, leaving decision making to the market. To facilitate that change, China needs an audit regulator, writes accounting professor Paul Gillis at his weblog.

China´s richest in 2014: Jack Ma or Wang Jianlin – Rupert Hoogewerf

For a short while Alibaba´s chairman Jack Ma looked like he was heading for the position of richest person in China in 2014. But at the end of the year, Wanda chairman Wang Lianlin is contesting that position, as he brings two firms to the Hong Kong stock exchange, tells China Rich List founder Rupert Hoogewerf to WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu.

E-commerce: massive growth expected – Wei Gu

What is the room for newcomers in China´s e-commerce after Alibaba´s successful IPO? WSJ wealth editor Wei Gu discusses with Jef Walters of Boston Consulting, and finds that massive growth is still possible. Only half of China´s internet users is purchasing online, and mobile is still taking off in a country where most users have mobile.

Why Alibaba is not yet a global player – Shaun Rein

Despite its close to US$22 billion IPO at the New York Stock Exchange today, business analyst Shaun Rein does not see in Alibaba a real global company. “Its model is not scalable in other large market like the US and Indonesia”, he says at has much work to do at home, especially on mobile where it is lagging.

How to end the auditing wars – Paul Gillis

The ongoing stand-off between securities regulators in China and the US keeps auditing firms hostage and might eventually lead to the delisting of Chinese companies at US stock exchanges. Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis tries to map out a way out of the maze in Forensic Asia.(pdf)

China now regulates overseas listed companies – Paul Gillis

New regulations by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) will bring audits of overseas listed Chinese companies under Chinese rule. A long overdue improvement, argues accounting professor Paul Gillis at his weblog. “These requirements are promising.”