Karen joined Breakingviews in 2018, covering technology and property sectors, and sometimes companies with an Asia focus. She previously worked as an European gas and power reporter at S&P Global Platts in London, and covered funds, stocks and economy at Morningstar UK. Karen also briefly worked at the Press Association, China Daily Europe and Bloomberg. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2015 with a degree in Journalism Studies, and did an Erasmus exchange programme in Barcelona, Spain. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese.
Following the $29 bln swoop on Afterpay by Jack Dorsey’s Square, its $46 bln Swedish instalment-payment rival could be in play. Yet Klarna is pricey, not a pure pay-later player, and might not sell to a credit card giant. Stripe and PayPal look the most likely bidders.
Most listed investment firms trade at a discount to the net value of their assets. Kinnevik’s recent decision to hand its stake in e-tailer Zalando to shareholders has made it an exception. Shedding future winners from its $9 bln portfolio will be vital to preserving its status.
Britain’s government initially declined to review Chinese-owned Nexperia’s $87 mln deal to buy the country’s largest semiconductor plant. It has now U-turned, which makes sense given the world chip shortage. But the mixed messages hardly inspire confidence in the process.