Netease's chairman sells $73 million of stock

William Ding sells a 1.6% stake in the online gaming and portal operator at a 4% discount before the US market opens.

The chairman and CEO of Chinese online game and portal operator Netease.com last night raised $73.16 million from the placement of 2 million American depositary shares, taking advantage of a doubling in the share price since late February.

The deal, which was arranged by UBS, was launched and completed before the US market opened and was done at a fixed price, perhaps to ensure a speedy execution. Chairman and CEO William Ding, who also founded the company in 1997,...

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