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China comes roaring back in the global IPO market

Securities regulators and investors seem eager to make up for lost time

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Koichi Mizutome, president and CEO of Sushiro Global Holdings, rings a bell to mark the company's debut on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on March 30.   © Kyodo

HONG KONG -- The global market for initial public offerings recovered briskly in the first quarter of 2017, raising a total of $36 billion, helped by a six-year high in Asian IPOs totaling $12.76 billion.

Asia, in turn, was lifted by strong momentum in mainland China, where the securities regulator has sped up approvals for stock flotations. According to financial data provider Dealogic, Chinese companies raised a total of $8.48 billion from 122 first-time share sales over the three months to March. That amounts to 66.5% of the region's total funds raised from IPOs and 55.5% of deal volume.

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