Shanghai Stock Exchange Raises Shareholding Cap for Foreign Investors; Foreigners Can Now Collectively Own 30% in a Single Firm

Shanghai Stock Exchange Raises Shareholding Cap for Foreign Investors
Foreigners Can Now Collectively Own 30% in a Single Firm
CHAO DENG
March 19, 2014 11:16 p.m. ET
SHANGHAI—The Shanghai Stock Exchange is easing restrictions on overseas investors, giving them more flexibility to invest in China’s tightly controlled capital markets.
With immediate effect, foreign investors can collectively own up to 30% in a single company, up from 20%, according to a statement on the exchange’s website on Wednesday. If foreign investors’ collective shareholding in a company exceeds 26%, the stock exchange will make a relevant announcement on the following trading day.
The cap on ownership in a company by an individual foreign investor remains at 10%.
The exchange also said that foreigners will be able to trade asset-backed securities.
Foreign investors currently buy Chinese stocks and bonds through the Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor and the Renminbi Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor programs. Both have expanded in recent years, giving foreigners greater quotas for investing on the mainland, although their ownership remains a fraction of China’s overall market.

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