Asian unicorns spur autumn's IPOs

It has been a fairly quiet year so far, but Asian equity capital markets are stirring back to life, as a number of jumbo IPOs and sought-after tech deals loom into view.

A very strong pipeline of initial public offerings, led by Asia's tech unicorns, are putting Hong Kong’s equity capital markets in good stead to beat 2016’s overall issuance figures after a fairly lacklustre year so far

Dealogic figures show the Territory has accounted for only 37 02% of the $57 5 billion in IPO and follow-on issuance across Asia (ex A-shares) in the eight months to end August This compares to 47 22% in 2016 and 61 97% in 2015 (see table 1)  

The region as a whole has held up well largely because of India and South Korea, which will be explored in parts two and...

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