Category Archives: IPO

In China, small print can kill you – Paul Gillis

Registering offshore, through so-called VIE’s or variable interest entities, is more popular than ever for Chinese companies, even though the Chinese government tries to stop this circumventing trick. Tencent Music Entertainment was the last one to use it for its IPO and get away with it because investors seldom read the disclosure, says Paul Gillis, accounting professor at the Peking University, at the Nikkei Asian Review. And for good reasons.

Pinduoduo just a ‘flash in the pan’? – Shaun Rein

The successful IPO of Pinduoduo,  the third e-commerce platform in China after Alibaba and JD.com, took many by surprise. But it does not mean Pinduoduo will be equally successful in the future, warns business analyst Shaun Rein, author of The War for China’s Wallet: Profiting from the New World Order, at the South China Morning Post. Just days later, it was accused of hosting counterfeit goods.

What made Pinduoduo so big? – Ben Cavender

For many outside China the successful IPO on Nasdaq of group purchasing platform Pinduoduo, mildly comparable to the less successful Groupon, came as a surprise. Shanghai-based business analyst Ben Cavender tries to explain the success at Inkstone. It uses the popular Tencent platforms WeChat and QQ.

Why the investors did not buy Xiaomi’s valuation – Paul Gillis

The Hong Kong IPO of China’s success story Xiaomi disappointed greatly. Beida accounting professor Paul Gillis explains at Quartz why the investors did not buy the company’s valuation. “I think it is hard for investors to buy the valuation.”

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.