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China allows foreign-invested PE to buy HK stocks via stock connect scheme

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-08-10 16:13
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing is pictured on Dec 1, 2018. [Photo/VCG]

BEIJING - China has decided to allow foreign-funded private equity (PE) products to invest in the Hong Kong stock market via the mainland-Hong Kong stock connect schemes.

The move is part of the efforts by the Asset Management Association of China to further open the PE market to foreign investors.

Other opening-up moves include allowing overseas institutions supervised by overseas regulators to be actual controllers of foreign-invested PE, the introduction of an English qualification test for foreign-invested PE's foreign senior management and investment managers.

These steps aim to create a business environment marked by fair competition for foreign PE managers, the association said Friday.

There are 21 foreign-invested PE institutions on registration with the association, including those invested by giants such as UBS and Blackrock, with assets worth about 5.4 billion yuan ($765.1 million).

Foreign-invested PE managers are welcome to expand business in China such as by applying for public fund management businesses while complying with related regulations, according to the association.

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