China eases COVID-hit companies’ access to capital markets

By Tom Zanki (May 20, 2022, 6:37 p.m. EDT) — The China Securities Regulatory Commission on Friday announced several relief measures designed to speed up access to capital markets for companies severely affected by the latest outbreak number of coronavirus cases in the country and related lockdowns.

The CSRC promises market participants faster regulatory reviews and more flexibility with timelines, while allowing e-signatures and online conferencing when in-person meetings aren’t possible, according to a statement posted on its website Friday. .

The relief effort comes as Chinese cities seek to exit or avoid lockdowns, following a spike in infections in February and March that restricted economic activity. Shanghai is gradually easing lockdowns, while…

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