Alec Macfarlane is a columnist based with Breakingviews’ Asia team in Hong Kong. He was previously with the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong, covering the Asian IPO market, and has also covered private equity for Dow Jones in London.
Uxin’s stock lost a third of its value after a research firm accused the newly U.S.-listed auto outfit of fudging numbers. True or not, fumes around an industry backed by Tencent and big buyout names are becoming noxious. It’s reason to steer clear of rivals waiting to go public.
Foreigners can finally control mainland asset managers, but few are likely to sell given the $3.7 trln market’s promise. CICC could be an exception. Its fund arm is tiny, but it has licences that Larry Fink’s firm prizes. If BlackRock buys the outfit, similar deals should follow.
An investor group is buying two thirds of Japan Display for $714 mln, an embarrassingly low price for a former national champion. The company will fall into foreign hands, some of them Chinese, which could raise red flags. Managers have little choice but to pray the deal closes.