- Investor Dan Calugar Discusses Whether the Emergence of Quantum Computing in Algorithmic Trading Is a Game-Changer for Financial Markets
- Meet Grant Conner: The Eco-Friendly Gold Supplier Revolutionizing the Jewelry Industry
- MBD Financials: The Revolutionary Platform Redefining How We Harness the Digital Age to Empower Others
Alipay's parent firm purchases controlling stake in financial services company
The amount of CNY 1.18 billion or USD193 million would paid out by the parent firm of Alipay.com Co for majority shareholdings in an asset manager as a bid to expand investments into financial services.
The parent firm is Zhejiang Alibaba E-Commerce Co, which is controlled by billionaire Jack Ma, would be purchasing new shares to obtain the 51% of Tian Hong Asset Management Co. The said shareholdings was reported in a statement with the Shanghai Stock Exchange from Inner Mongolia Junzheng Energy & Chemical Industry Co. Junzhieng is another Tian Hong shareholder. As part of the acquisition, Alipay had offered fund instruments from Tian Hong since June 2013.
This is but one step in a grand plan by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Ma's flagship company and China's largest e-commerce firm to gain a foothold in the country's financial industry. SImilarly, other internet based companies such as Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc are entering the financial services industry as the government modifies guidelines in compliance with the direction set by China Premiere Li Kequiang for the reduction of government participation in the economy.
Alipay's service is similar to what Paypal offers currently has 800 million registered accounts as of July 2012.
Join the Conversation