“In terms of the IPO size and volume in the domestic China market, it has hit historical … peak in the past 10 years,” said Ma, chief investment officer at the firm. That trend looks likely to continue, he said, with “huge demand” coming from both domestic and institutional investors while companies in the new economy sector look to go public.
Stock listings of Chinese firms have dominated the rankings in 2020, according to research from EY. Among the top 10 listings globally, Chinese firms made up half of the list while also taking the top three spots. Those include Chinese chipmaker SMIC’s listing on the STAR Market in Shanghai as well as e-commerce heavyweight JD.com’s secondary listing in Hong Kong. No Asia-Pacific firm outside of China managed to crack the top 10.
There was also one notable exception among the Chinese firms, however — financial technology giant and Alibaba-affiliate Ant Group. The firm’s highly anticipated dual-listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong was set to be the world’s biggest initial public listing. But that IPO was abruptly suspended in November as the company faces regulatory scrutiny.