Public companies are becoming rarer these days. In the US, for example, the overall number of listed firms has fallen by almost half since 2000. Global M&A could be one reason for this, because being a big firm is very important for many industries and getting internal growth is more difficult than associating with a big company. Meanwhile, stricter rules for public offerings also discourages IPOs these days and the rise of active investors has made venture capital big enough to support unicorns. How will corporate ownership evolve from here? What impact will this trend leave on the economy and society?
The first signs of light emerge amidst the dark prospects for private enterprises in China’s ever-tightening credit market It’s been a miserable few months for financing in China’s private sector. A growing number of debt defaults by companies has spurred regulatory crackdowns on the unofficial lending sector, sometimes called ‘shadow banking’, which has sustained (not […]
You are invited to download the March issue of CKGSB Magazine. You’ll enjoy articles and interviews like: COVER STORY: Innovation: Incubators tap homegrown innovation in China. With close similarities to incubators in Silicon Valley and an arsenal of China-specific tactics for start-up success, Chinese incubators are moving beyond the traditional role of incubators. They are creating […]
Foreign private equity in China is down, but far from out. For most people, having too much money in the bank is hardly a concern, particularly in the current economic climate. For those in the private equity (PE) industry, however, it’s a an unpleasant reminder of how much the world has changed since the go-go […]