Baker McKenzie

While the SFC remains conservative on widening access, some funds are pushing the envelope for more complex products and strategies
The regulatory challenge in getting a licence in Hong Kong SAR is driving funds to set up in alternative jurisdictions such as the UAE
The bloc’s Restructuring and Insolvency Directive 2019 opened the opportunity for restructuring deals to receive court approval without the support of all creditors
Fuelled by internal policies and the need to gain access to technology, healthcare and TMT will continue to be popular sectors that draw the most interest from Chinese investors
Faced with geopolitical tensions and heightened national security concerns on FDI, Chinese enterprises aspiring to go outwards will need to consider alternatives
Popular listing alternatives include re-listing elsewhere, going private and waiting to re-list in the US at a later point in time
Disclosure on future scenarios, including funding needs, post-acquisition governance and winding-up, will be a high bar to meet
Consistency in disclosure will ensure uniformity under Prospectus Regulation and manage expectations across the continent
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