HKEX gong chimes as GoGoX goes public

HKEX gong chimes as GoGoX goes public

China’s third largest online logistics platform has debuted on the Hong Kong bourse – a move that summoned the strike of the gong back to the trading floor.

Logistics start-up GoGoX raised HKD675 million (USD86 million) from its IPO on the main board of HKEX with co-founder and chief executive Steven Lam striking the exchange’s gong to start the day’s trading.

GoGoX, backed by Tencent and Sequoia Capital, issued 31.2 million shares at HKD21.5 each.

Cooley and its Hong Kong association, CYL & Partners, advised issuer on US and Hong Kong law led by partners Michael Yu and Will Cai. Tian Yuan Law Firm and Maples Group advised on PRC and Cayman Islands law.

For the joint sponsors and underwriters UBS Securities, CICC, BOCOM International and ABCI Capital, Paul Hastings acted as Hong Kong and US legal counsel and Commerce & Finance Law Offices provided PRC counsel.

The Paul Hastings team was led by partner and chair of Greater China, Raymond Li, and corporate partners Fan Chaobo and Vincent Wang.

According to Frost & Sullivan, GoGoX ranks third in China with a market share of 3.2 per cent in its industry, behind the biggest player, Lalamove, which holds 52.8 per cent. The picture in Hong Kong, however, is the opposite as GoGoX – formerly known as GogoVan – has a market share of 50.9 per cent while Lalamove holds about 18.5 per cent.