Chinese technology giant Alibaba on Friday confirmed plans to list in Hong Kong in what it called a $13 billion (roughly Rs. 93,400 crores) vote of confidence in the turbulent city's markets and a step forward in its plans to go global. The enormous IPO, which Hong Kong had lobbied for, will come as a boost for authorities wrestling with pro-democracy protests that have tarnished the financial hub's image for order and security and hammered its stock market.
Alibaba will offer 500 million shares at a maximum of HKD 188 apiece, the company said. The number eight is considered auspicious in China.
Over-allocation options could take the total value to more than $13 billion, making it one of the biggest IPOs in Hong Kong for a decade after insurance giant AIA raised $20.5 billion in 2010.
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