CICC, COFCO Said To Invest $2B In JD Finance At $26B Valuation

Chinese investment banking firm China International Capital Corporation Limited (CICC) and China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) are in talks to lead a RMB13 billion (US$2 billion) round in Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc.’s financial services spin-out, JD Finance, according to China Securities Journal, a Xinhua News Agency-controlled newspaper.

Sequoia, Lightspeed China Poised To Exit After Fintech Firm Jianpu Technology’s US IPO

Chinese fintech company Jianpu Technology Inc.’s debut on the New York Stock Exchange Thursday was a disappointment, with the stock gaining only 5% despite the company pricing its IPO at below its anticipated price range. Despite the lack-luster debut, the firm’s IPO marks the second successful fintech exit for backers including Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed China Partner I, L.P., after PPdai, a Chinese peer-to-peer lending platform, went public in New York last month. Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed own 17.6% and 16.7% of Jianpu Technology, …

Cinda International Leads Massive Round In Chinese Fintech Company 9f Group

Beijing-based fintech company 9f Group has raised a massive new funding round from Cinda International Holding Ltd, a subsidiary of state-owned China Cinda Asset Management Co., Ltd., Focus Media Information Technology’s Chairman Jiang Nanchun, video game developer Youzu Interactive’s chairman Lin Qi and an unnamed Chinese industry fund.

Ping An Global Voyager Fund Invests In European Fintech Firm 10X Future Technologies

Ping An Global Voyager Fund, a US$1 billion overseas investment fund launched by Ping An Insurance Group Co of China Ltd, has made its first investment in European fintech company 10x Future Technologies. Ping An Global Voyager Fund and strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman led a £34 million (US$40 million) series A round in 10x Future, which is founded by former Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins and focuses on providing holistic technology solutions to banks. "10x Future Technologies and Ping An share …

JD.Com, Central Group To Invest $500M For E-Commerce And Fintech JVs In Thailand

JD.com Inc. and its financial technology unit JD Finance have agreed to team up with Thailand’s largest retail conglomerate Central Group to invest an aggregate of up to US$500 million to establish two joint ventures in Thailand covering e-commerce and fintech services, in the Chinese e-commerce giant’s major foray into the Thai market.

Qiming Leads $30M Round In Chinese AI Start-Up Abcfintech

Abcfintech, a Chinese AI services provider targeting the financial services sector, has raised a total of US$30 million through an angel round and a series A round. Chinese venture capital firm Qiming Venture Partners led the round, with Source Code Capital, SIG Asia Investment and Welight Capital also participating, according to a company announcement.

Ant Financial Invests In Chinese FinTech Start-Up VFinance

Ant Financial Services Group, the financial services affiliate of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., has made a strategic investment in VFinance, a Shanghai-based start-up providing digital financial infrastructure solutions to enterprises in China.