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Kakao Talk developer to go public in May

Korea-based Kakao Corp, the company behind the highly-popular messaging and social app Kakao Talk, is readying for its initial public offering in May, BeSuccess reported.

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Spotify seeks to hire U.S. filings expert as bankers eye IPO

Online music streaming service Spotify is recruiting a U.S. financial reporting specialist, adding to speculation that the Swedish start-up is preparing for a share listing, which one banker said could value the firm at as much as $8 billion.

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Alibaba strengthens vulnerable areas ahead of public debut with acquisition: report

Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba is trying to buttress its weaknesses ahead of its public debut later this year by acquiring firms, the Financial Times reported.

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Startup Bitcoin Kinetics offers 10 billion shares of Bitcoin-denominated stock

Ten billion shares of common stock were offered by bitcoin firm Bitcoin Kinetics on the website Cryptostocks, Quartz reported. The startup intends to make hardware that enables vending machines to accept payment in Bitcoin.

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California software startup Zendesk nearing IPO

San Francisco, US-based customer service software startup Zendesk is moving closer to an initial public offering (IPO) and has hired Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs to handle the transaction, according to a report.

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Venture-backed Coupons.com files for $100M IPO

Coupons.com, the online coupon firm backed by T. Rowe Price Group Inc and Passport Ventures, has filed for an IPO of up to $100 million with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Reuters reported.

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Soros-backed OneWest to secure buyers amid IPO planning - sources

Sources tell Bloomberg that owners of US lender OneWest FSB is conducting one, final push to sell the company to a potential buyer as it prepares to exit in a planned initial public offering.

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Venture capitalists face tougher competition from strategic investors in China as IPO market gains steam- report

Although they have remained silent for the good part of 2013, venture capitalists are now going back to China as the IPO market opens, but strategic investors are offering tough competition, The Wall Street Journal blog Venture Capital Dispatch reported.

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Dot-com survivor Accellion Inc launches kiteworks for secure file sharing

Accellion Inc has introduced kiteworks in a bid to make a play in the file sharing space now led by Box Inc and Dropbox Inc, The Wall Street Journal blog Venture Capital Dispatch reported.

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Vodafone in talks to purchase Spain’s ONO -Bloomberg

UK-based telecommunications firm Vodafone Group Plc is in talks to purchase Spain-based cable operator Grupo Corporativo ONO SA, according to unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg.

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China auditors ban may lead Chinese firms to list in Hong Kong than New York- report

A ruling from a US court that banned the affiliates of the four biggest accounting firms may lead Chinese companies to seek an IPO in Hong Kong than in New York, Bloomberg reported.

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JPMorgan ceases work on Chinese IPO candidate as US regulators investigate hiring practices- sources

JPMorgan Chase & Co has stopped working on the planned initial public offering of Chinese firm Tianhe Chemicals as US regulators continue its probe of the bank's hiring practices in China, Reuters reported.

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As IPO market recovers, more retailers set to list in London- report

With a recovery in the IPO market propelling private equity backers to exit their investments, lenders are readying to list more UK retailers on the London bourse, the Financial Times reported.

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As private equity buyers exit investments, Goldman Sachs sees wave of South African listings

Goldman Sachs Group Inc is predicting a flood of initial public offerings to be held in South Africa as private equity buyers divest their investments, Bloomberg reported.

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Canada's CHC Group prices IPO at $10 per share

Richmond, Canada-based global helicopter services provider CHC Group Ltd priced the initial public offering (IPO) of its ordinary shares at $10 apiece, with the offering expected to close on January 23.

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