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Yimian Wu




Tencent To Acquire 5% Of Chinese Investment Bank CICC In Bet On Financial Services

Tencent Holdings Ltd. has agreed to invest HK$2.86 billion (US$367 million) in China International Capital Corp Ltd (CICC) for a 4.95% stake in the company. At the same time, the two parties said they have agreed to establish a strategic partnership in a range of services and products leveraging Tencent’s financial technology and CICC’s wealth management capabilities, according to a joint announcement.

Chinese Bike Rental Firm Youon’s Subsidiary Raises $123M From Ant Financial And Others

Chinese bike rental company Youon Bike said one of its subsidiaries has agreed to raise RMB810 million (US$123 million) from eight investors including a unit of Ant Financial. The proceeds will be used to finance its wholly-owned subsidiary Jiangsu Yonganxing Low Carbon Technology Co. to further expand in the GPS-powered station-less bike sharing operations, according to a security filing.

Online Restaurant Procurement Platform Fenfenzhong Raises US$16.7 Million

Fenfenzhong, a Beijing-based online procurement platform for restaurants, has raised RMB110 million (US$16.7 million) in a series A round from China’s National Small and Medium-size Enterprises Development Fund, a direct investment vehicle of the National SMEs Development Fund. THG Ventures, a venture capital arm of Tsinghua Holdings, also participated in the round, according to local media.

China Shutting Down All Domestic Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Two major Chinese Bitcoin exchanges Huobi.com and Okcoin.cn announced Friday night that they will cease trading by the end of September. The news comes after Internet finance regulators in Beijing ordered all cryptocurrency exchanges in that city to issue notices to cease trading, according to local media.

Asia Alternatives Reaches Final Close Of $1.8 Billion For Fifth Fund

Asian private equity fund-of-funds manager Asia Alternatives has reached a final close of over US$1.8 billion for its fifth fund, Asia Alternatives Capital Partners V, LP, and several other vehicles. The new funds will focus on building a diversified Asian private equity portfolio with an emphasis on top-performing local Asian fund managers, the firm said today in an announcement. Asia Alternatives Capital Partners V, along with its parallel fund Asia Alternatives Capital Partners V (ERISA), LP, closed on US$1.515 billion …

Ken Xu Of Gobi Partners Sees Trillion-Dollar Market In China’s 2B Artificial Intelligence Sector

In this episode of China Money Podcast, Gobi Partners managing partner Ken Xu speaks to our host Nina Xiang. Xu discusses what he sees as the next technology frontier markets in China, and how Gobi is investing in the artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and new infrastructure-themed industries.   You can read a Q&A and watch a short video of the interview. Don’t forget to subscribe to China Money Podcast for free in the iTunes store, or subscribe to …

Ant Financial’s Agriculture Insurance Joint Venture Gets Regulatory Green Light

An agriculture insurance joint venture between Ant Financial Services Group and China United Insurance Holding Co. has received a green light from China’s insurance regulator, making it the first agriculture technology company co-established by an insurer to achieve regulatory approval from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC).

China Tightens Control Of Online Group Chat Ahead Of Annual Party Congress

Organizing chat groups on WeChat, one of the most common forms of multiparty digital communications in China, could soon be a high risk activity. China’s Cyberspace Administration issued new rules last week tightening control over WeChat groups and other such digital platforms, in a move that could make WeChat group chat organizers legally liable for any false information disseminated within their groups.