30 Aug '11, 9pm

Man U chose Singapore 'due to dual-share structure' - TODAYonline

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Exchange's (SGX) flexibility may have been the deciding factor that lured Manchester United to its shores for its much anticipated initial public offering (IPO). According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report yesterday, United chose Singapore over Hong Kong because it wanted to have a dual-share structure. Offered on the SGX but not the Hong Kong exchange, a dual-share structure gives selected shareholders voting rights. This effectively allows majority shareholders control of the company. Citing "people familiar with the matter", the WSJ also said that, until as recently as June, Hong Kong was the favoured listing destination for United but the bourse banned dual-share listings in 1991 and refused to give the English football club a waiver. United is owned by the Glazer family and the WSJ said that keeping control in the family makes decisions o...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Business/EDC110831-0000378/Man...

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