All posts by Catherine Matacic

Alibaba Stops Early IPO Orders Halfway Through Roadshow

By Ellen Huber Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. plans to stop taking orders for the early sale of its $21 billion initial public offering (IPO) today for US investors and on Wednesday for European and Asian investors after having already received...

/ September 16, 2014

Flexible Work Hours Spreading to China

As China’s workforce reaches new levels of maturity and wealth, flexible working arrangements are an increasingly important part of HR strategies By Jake Parker Rising office rents, increasing traffic problems, and a recent rapid decline in air quality have led...

/ August 22, 2014

Can China Convince Consumers it is Serious on Food Safety?

By Bing Ho, Cherrie Shi, and Jiahua Wu Although China takes great pride in its rich culinary heritage, Chinese consumers have been left with a sour taste in their mouths when it comes to food safety. With a number of...

/ August 12, 2014

WH Group Raises More Than $2 Billion in IPO Relaunch

WH Group Ltd.—the Chinese company that last year bought out US pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc.—has so far raised $2.05 billion from its initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong, which started on Tuesday. According to Bloomberg, the pork producer...

/ July 31, 2014

China Signs Dozens of Deals in Latin America

By Elise Pietro Chinese President Xi Jinping signed dozens of deals in Argentina and Venezuela during his tour through Latin America. The trip, his second to the region since he took office last year, highlights trade between China and Latin...

/ July 23, 2014

Behind the Forbes Buyout: A Sign of Things to Come?

By Andrew Gong The new Hong Kong-based investor group Integrated Whale Media Investments has purchased an 80 percent ownership stake in Forbes Media LLC for approximately $300 million, according to Deutsche Welle. The Forbes family will retain a significant ownership...

/ July 23, 2014

US, China Sign Eight Clean Energy Partnerships at S&ED

By Elise Pietro On the sidelines of this year’s annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the United States-China Climate Change Working Group announced eight clean energy projects that pair businesses, municipalities, and research institutions from both countries. Of the eight joint...

/ July 16, 2014

China’s Hony Capital Acquires PizzaExpress for $1.54 Billion

Chinese private equity group Hony Capital Ltd agreed to buy UK restaurant group PizzaExpress for $1.54 billion late last week, fending off rival Chinese bidder Citic Group. The British restaurant chain has more than 500 stores, most of which are...

/ July 15, 2014

Twice-Cooked Pork: WH Group Announces Plans to Relist on Hong Kong Exchange

WH Group Ltd, the parent company of US pork producer Smithfield Foods, is refiling for a Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO). In April the company was approved for an initial listing of $6 billion, but the deal was later...

/ July 11, 2014

IBM Teams up with Beijing to Map Air Pollution

By Andrew Gong International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. announced Monday that it has signed a contract with the Beijing Municipal government to help curb the capital’s air pollution. The agreement is part of IBM’s “Green Horizon” initiative, a 10-year program...

/ July 9, 2014