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The Future Of China's U.S.-Listed Firms: Legal And Political Perspectives On Possible Decoupling, Rebecca Parry, Qingxiu Bu Apr 2023

The Future Of China's U.S.-Listed Firms: Legal And Political Perspectives On Possible Decoupling, Rebecca Parry, Qingxiu Bu

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There is a long history of Chinese firms raising capital on leading U.S. exchanges. These shares have proved attractive and are estimated at $1 trillion value, in spite of deep mismatches between Chinese internal approaches to corporate governance and those taken under U.S. securities regulations. Chinese listings of nonstate firms, particularly in the technology sector, had depended on a largely laissez-faire initial approach to the expansion through foreign listings, including tolerance of the opaque Variable Interest Entity (VIE) structures adopted as a means to bypass Chinese restrictions on foreign ownership. Concerns regarding data security had, however, prevented compliance by Chinese …