POWL - Catering to Japanese tastes
Most of Asia's biggest equity issues of late have included POWLs (public offerings without listing), served up solely for retail investors in Japan. These tranches are likely to be included in deals to come, including the Industrial Commercial Bank of China's IPO. But is it becoming an outdated mechanism when Asian liquidity flows are so strong? Richard Morrow reports.
If recent records are anything to go by, the Industrial Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) will rely heavily on Japanese investor interest when it conducts its US$12 billion privatization via an initial public offering (IPO) later this year.
Japanese investors have participated in all of the major Chinese IPOs
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