Chinese regulators have agreed on a restructuring plan with Ant Group that will combine all its business segments, including its blockchain arm, into a financial holding company.

  • As a financial holding company, Ant would be subject to capital requirements like those for banks, according to a Bloomberg report citing people familiar with the matter.
  • The group had previously proposed only including its financial segments in the holding company.
  • An official announcement on plan is expected before the start of China’s New Year holiday on Feb. 12.
  • The restructure is part of a Chinese government campaign to increase supervision of the fintech sector.
  • In November, Ant Group’s expected $35 billion initial public offering was suspended on both the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges supposedly due to changes in China’s regulatory environment for fintech firms.
  • Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba and its affiliate Ant Group, had been keeping a low profile since October when he criticized China’s financial system and its state-dominated banking sector at a Shanghai event.
  • Ant Group has its own blockchain, AntChain, building off it to launch a cross-border trading platform in September.

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