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Shortly before IPO: Regulator investigates unfair Practices at Didi Chuxing

China’s market regulator (SAMR) has launched investigations into Didi Chuxing, the country’s largest ride-hailing service provider. This is reported by Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, it is investigating whether Didi used unfair competition practices to squeeze smaller competitors out of the ride-sharing market. In addition, SAMR is investigating whether Didi’s pricing mechanism for ridesharing services is transparent enough.

Didi most recently confirmed rumors of an IPO on New York’s Nasdaq technology exchange and filed a prospectus with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week. An IPO is expected as early as July and could give the company a market value of up to $70 billion. However, Beijing’s increasing crackdown on its tech companies is now overshadowing Didi’s planned IPO and is reminiscent of the crackdown by China’s antitrust authorities on Alibaba’s financial provider Ant Group (China.Table reported). Ant had to postpone its planned IPO and the SAMR issued a record $2.75 billion fine against the e-commerce retailer in April.

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