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China eases M&A rules for listed companies to spur restructuring

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) also said it would allow flotation of assets in strategically important emerging sectors on Shenzhen's ChiNext start-up board

Reuters  |  Beijing/Shanghai 

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China’s securities regulator on Friday scrapped profitability requirements in merger and acquisition (M&A) deals involving publicly traded companies in an effort to facilitate restructuring in a slowing economy.

The Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) also said it would allow flotation of assets in strategically important emerging sectors on Shenzhen’s ChiNext start-up board. The policy changes, embodied in revised rules on major restructurings by listed firms, take effect on Friday. CSRC published draft rules in June.

The relaxed rules are aimed at allowing capital markets to play a bigger role in corporate reorganisations and at giving companies easier access to funding.

China’s third-quarter economic growth slowed to its weakest pace in almost three decades as its trade war with the United States hit factory production.

Gross domestic product (GDP) rose 6.0 per cent year on year, slowing from the second quarter’s 6.2 per cent advance.

First Published: Sat, October 19 2019. 02:22 IST
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