Europe's biggest lender HSBC is talking with Chinese
securities regulators about share sales in
Shanghai, a report from Bloomberg said Saturday.
"There have been discussions held with the relevant authorities
on the potential listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange," the
report quoted Vincent Cheng, HSBC's Asia-Pacific chairman, as
saying in Hong Kong yesterday.
However, "There isn't a timetable" for a stock sale,
according to Cheng.
China has agreed to let qualified foreign companies float their
shares on the Chinese mainland, according to a joint statement
issued after the Third China-US Strategic Economic Dialogue which
concluded in Beijing on December 13.
China will also allow qualified overseas-listed companies to
issue yuan-denominated corporate bonds and qualified incorporated
foreign banks to issue yuan-denominated financial
bonds following relevant prudential regulations,
according to the statement.
HSBC has said it and Hong Kong unit Hang Seng Bank are both
considering stock-market listings in Shanghai when rules allow,
according to the report.
(Chinadaily.com.cn December 16, 2007)