Peter Thal Larsen
Peter is Asia Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, based in Hong Kong. He oversees coverage of financial services and regulation. Prior to joining Reuters, Peter spent 10 years at the Financial Times. From 2004 to 2009 he was the FT’s banking editor, leading the paper’s award-winning coverage of global banking during the credit crunch. Between 2000 and 2004 Peter reported for the FT from New York. He played a leading role in the paper’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. A Dutch national, Peter has degrees from Bristol University and the London School of Economics. Follow Peter on Twitter @Peter_TL
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The plane-leasing group is taxiing towards a $1.1 bln offering. Being under Bank of China’s wing means cheaper funding and better returns than standalone rivals. Yet the premium valuation is only justified if the state-backed parent remains willing and able to act as a backstop.
Regulators are reportedly clamping down on fundraising in hot sectors, and may restrict overseas companies relisting at home. The desire to avoid a repeat of last year’s bubble is understandable. But China’s equity market won’t evolve as long as bureaucrats try to manage prices.
State-backed banks in both countries have lent too much to politically connected companies that are now in trouble. While India is pushing lenders to come clean, China is still not admitting the extent of the problem. Future growth depends on a proper cleanup.
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