Chinese regulators famously scuttled Ant Group’s much-anticipated IPO in November. Then they demanded that the company return to its roots as a payment services provider, apparently unhappy that it had branched out into consumer loans and wealth management. In the recent weeks, they’ve ordered the firm to rectify its businesses and comply with regulatory requirements, leaving the door open for the resumption of the IPO if demands are met.
Indeed, a source told Bloomberg that Ant Group is exploring ways to resume its IPO. But given that various new financial regulations are still being rolled out in China, the timeline on that isn’t clear. Ma himself has diligently kept out of the public spotlight, only resurfacing recently to address teachers.