IPO Waves in China and Hong Kong

Ufuk Gucbilmez

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We analyze the anatomy of IPO waves in China and Hong Kong and draw comparisons with the US IPO cycles. The lead-lag relationship between IPO initial returns and IPO volume observed in the US is absent in these two Asian markets. Similar to the US, IPO volume in Hong Kong is sensitive to changes in market conditions and exhibits seasonal variations. In sharp contrast, however, Chinese IPO activity is much less responsive to past market returns and volatility. Surprisingly, hot markets still emerge in China, not because of market forces as in the US and Hong Kong, but due to regulatory choices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-26
JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
Early online date21 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015


  • IPO cyles
  • initial returns
  • China
  • Hong Kong


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