Chinese Cryptocurrency Exchange Finds Reverse Merger as Route For IPO
January 26th, 2019
Yet another crypto trading platform has joined the rally of the reverse merger – and it is the parent company of OKCoin Exchange, OKC Holdings Group. Following the acquisition of Hong Kong-listed firm, Leap Holding Group OKCoin seeks to enter the Hong Kong market. With ownership of 60.49 percent of its stock, the exchange is likely to enter Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) soon ahead of IPO request approval of major bitcoin mining rig makers.
The news first broke out when OKCoin founder, Mingxing “Star” Xu bought $60 million shareholders in HongKong listed ‘Lead Holding Group’. And technically, Xu holds 52.32 ownership in OKC Holdings via his two firms Star Xu Capital and OKC Service Company which have made him the largest shareholders of the public listed firm. Lead Holding Group is primarily a Caymans Island-incorporated construction engineering firm that is already listed under Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
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Regulations in Hong Kong have been hesitant towards the IPO, requested by major Bitcoin mining firms including Bitmain Technologies, Canaan Creative and Ebang International Holdings. Following the setbacks from the Hong Kong regulators, the ownership of this kind in already public-listed firm become the back door to enter the market and enjoy potentials.
The move comes in the midst of Bithumb’s initiative of a binding letter of intent (IoT) agreement with US-listed Blockchain Industries. Following the reverse merger, these exchanges are quick to enter the respective market ahead of IPO.
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Beside Bithumb and OKCoin, the reverse merger has already been employed by other exchanges and known personalities of the crypto market. As such, during August 2018, a Singapore based Huobi acquired 66.26 percent in Pantronics Holding which is an HKEX-listed firm. Moreover, Michael Novogratz, a Bitcoin billionaire, and investor also applied the similar technique in July 2018. His move counted with the merger agreement to acquire Toronto-listed shell company Bradmer Pharmaceuticals by Galaxy Digital Crypto merchant bank to enter into the Canadian market.