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Global investors will have access to one of Southeast Asia's biggest tech players when Grab lists in the U.S. this year. (Source photos by Ken Kobayashi and Getty Images)
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What Singapore's Grab brings to global investors with U.S. listing

Superapp emerges as alternative investment vehicle amid China tech crackdown

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Singapore

SINGAPORE -- It was 2018 when Uber Technologies pulled out of Southeast Asia amid stiff competition with local ride-hailing players. Three years on, the company that took over Uber's operations has grown into one of the region's biggest tech groups, nearing a public market debut in the U.S.

When Grab begins trading on Nasdaq, it will not be a simple transport app. It will come with food and grocery delivery, payments and insurance businesses, among others, making it a unique alternative for tech investors who might have liked stocks such as Uber, DoorDash or China's Alibaba and Didi Chuxing.

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