Fangda advised Huatai Financial Holdings (Hong Kong) Limited and UBS AG London Branch as joint global coordinators, along with other joint bookrunners, on all PRC legal issues related to the issuance of global depositary receipts (“GDRs”) by China Pacific Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd. (“CPIC”) on the London Stock Exchange. CPIC raised US$1.8 billion (prior to any exercise of the over-allotment option) or US$2 billion (assuming full exercise of the over-allotment option) through the issuance on the Shanghai-London Stock Connect Segment (Shanghai Segment) of the London Stock Exchange. The net proceeds will be mainly used to develop CPIC’s businesses overseas and support its core insurance business growth. The GDRs commenced trading in London on June 22, 2020 (London time). This is the largest capital raise via an admission to London Stock Exchange in 2020 to date.
Founded in 1991, CPIC is an insurance holding company incorporated on the basis of China Pacific Insurance Company, and a leading insurance group in China.
CIPC’s GDR issuance is innovative in connection with Shanghai-London Stock Connect in a number of respects: it is the first GDR to adopt Chinese accounting standards; it introduces a cornerstone investor mechanism with a long-term lock-up arrangement; and it is the first to receive a public float waiver as a non-European company.
After the listing on LSEG, CPIC has become the first ever A+H+G (‘Shanghai+Hong Kong+London’) simultaneously listed insurance company and the second Chinese company to list GDRs in London utilizing Shanghai-London Stock Connect.