China: Credit Suisse wins approval for securities JV
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China: Credit Suisse wins approval for securities JV

The China Securities Regulatory Commission has given Credit Suisse the go-ahead to launch a joint venture with local firm Founder Securities. The Swiss bank takes a 33% share in the new entity, which will be able to sponsor and underwrite A shares, foreign investment shares and government and corporate bonds. The firm will not be able to offer secondary market services such as research and broking, however: under new regulations announced in 2007 Sino-foreign joint ventures must show a track record of five years’ unblemished service before being able to expand their activities.

Credit Suisse has already made some headway in China through its Shanghai representative office, ranking fifth on the Dealogic league table for equity bookrunners for financial year 2007 with 24 deals and a market share by value of 5.32%. That puts it in a large group of peers with similar market shares, as compared with top-three banks Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and UBS, all of which have more established presences in China and each of which commands more than 10% of equity capital markets share. Those three top players all have established joint ventures of their own, and Credit Suisse and Founder Securities will be hoping to break into the 10% market-share club now that they are following suit.

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