China’s IPO approval officers bestowed unbridled power

The process of gaining approval to list in China is open to corruption as a small number of officers have unchecked power over which applicants go first, economist says.

China’s IPO approval officers bestowed unbridled power
Guo Shuqing has publicly questioned China’s tedious listing approvals process since he became chairman of the CSRC in late 2011 (Imaginechina)

China’s securities regulator has long been a gatekeeper of new equity listings through its listing approval process, but the approving officers are bestowed so much unbridled power that issuers end up paying for the privilege to go public.

The IPO approval system is something China Securities Regulatory Commission CSRC needs to reform urgently, noted Minggao Shen, Greater China economist at Citi. “The procedure with only a small group of people reviewing listing applications causes...

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