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Questions about China’s internet culture arise as regulators continue crackdown | China Venture Roundup Volume 66

China Venture Roundup Volume 66 covers China’s investment activity from December 6 to Dec

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MNCs 

On December 1, Munich-based luxury sports fashion brand Willy Bogner GmbH & Co. KG a.A. entered into a joint venture with a subsidiary of Bosideng International Holdings, a major Chinese apparel group. With this partnership, both companies aim to bolster sales for the Bogner and Fire+Ice brands in Greater China.

Notably, the partnership was forged ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. Cashing in on China’s fast-growing snow sports market, the collaboration is expected to enhance the omni-channel retail and management capabilities of both companies. Over the next five years, Bogner plans to establish an extensive digital presence in China and open around 80 retail stores in well-known luxury malls, such as Plaza 66 in Shanghai and WF Central in Beijing.

Going Public: IPOs 

Leading drug developer Asymchem was valued at above HKD 97 billion (USD 12.4 billion) after its December 10 debut on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It raised around HKD 7.15 billion (USD 920 million) for this IPO, making it the biggest listing in Hong Kong since Dongguan Rural Commercial Bank’s USD 1.2 billion deal in September.

Founded in 1999, Asymchem is a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), providing R&D and one-stop production services to the world’s top pharmaceutical companies. This includes Merck Sharp & Dohme, Pfizer, Bristol Myers Squibb, Fosun Pharma, and more.

Asymchem’s revenue trajectory consistently moves up. The company raked in RMB 1.82 billion (USD 290 million) in 2018, RMB 2.45 billion (USD 380 million) in 2019, and RMB 3.14 billion (USD 490 million) in 2020, with a CAGR of 31.2%. To limit its reliance on large orders, Asymchem plans to develop production capabilities in new drug categories, such as polypeptide antibiotics, monoclonal antibodies, and mRNA.

KrASIA News Picks

China’s tightened regulations and new policies now define a time of uncertainty for many internet companies. As companies attempt to cope with the continued crackdown, there is a bigger question here: how will these developments affect China’s internet culture and the lives that are dependent on it?

Read more about these issues in this week’s News Picks featuring Douban’s removal from China’s app stores, Alibaba’s bet on Jack Ma’s protégé, and the continued uncertainty around gig workers’ improved labor conditions.

China Venture Roundup
China Venture Roundup
China Venture Roundup is a weekly insight newsletter published by 36Kr Global's KrASIA team since 2020, covering top news, market moves and major trends in the Chinese startup and venture investment scene.
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