Jack Ma to cede control of China's Ant Group

Alibaba Group co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma attending the opening debate of the 2018 edition of the WTO public forum on sustainable trade, at the WTO headquarters in Geneva on October 2, 2018. PHOTO / AFP

What you need to know:

  • Beijing has targeted major technology firms in recent years, and in 2020 pulled Ant's planned initial public offering in Hong Kong at the last minute. The listing would have been a world record at the time. 
  • Authorities also hit Alibaba, which Ma co-founded and formerly headed, with a record $2.75 billion fine for alleged unfair practices.

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma will cede control of fintech giant Ant Group as part of a restructure, the company announced Saturday. 

"No shareholder, alone or jointly with other parties, will have control over Ant Group (after the completion of the adjustment), the company said in a statement.

"The adjustment is being implemented to further enhance the stability of our corporate structure and sustainability of our long-term development."

The statement laid out the previous complex structure of the company that showed Ma "indirectly" controlled 53.46 percent of Ant Group's shares.

"As a result, Mr. Jack Ma (was) deemed to be the control person of Ant Group prior to the adjustment," it said.

Beijing has targeted major technology firms in recent years, and in 2020 pulled Ant's planned initial public offering in Hong Kong at the last minute. The listing would have been a world record at the time. 

Authorities also hit Alibaba, which Ma co-founded and formerly headed, with a record $2.75 billion fine for alleged unfair practices.

Regulators this week announced that Ant had won approval to raise 10.5 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) for its consumer finance arm in a further sign that authorities may be loosening their grip on the firm.

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