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NetEase and JD.com set dates for $5 billion Hong Kong listings

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HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese technology company NetEase (NTES.O) plans to carry out a secondary listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on June 11, which will be followed one week later by web retailer JD.com (JD.O), four sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The two transactions could raise a combined $5 billion, separate sources said, and the deals would be the largest for Hong Kong’s equity capital markets so far this year.

The sources could not be named because the information has not yet been made public.

JD.com is expected to be the largest of the two deals with the likelihood it will sell 5% of its shares that could raise up to $3 billion, one source said, while NetEase is targeting a transaction of up to $2 billion, another source said.

A JD.com spokesman and a NetEase spokesman declined to comment.

The two Nasdaq-listed companies have made confidential filings to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and preparations for the secondary listings as well underway.

The decision to press ahead with the listings comes after the U.S Senate passed legislation on Wednesday that could prevent some Chinese companies from listing their shares on U.S. exchanges unless they follow standards for U.S. audits and regulations.

The proposed laws still need to be passed by the U.S House of Representatives and be ratified by President Donald Trump.

Reporting by Julie Zhu and Kane Wu, writing by Scott Murdoch, additional reporting Yingzhi Yang and Pei Li; editing by David Evans

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