SIFMA Statement on China’s Announcement of Changes to Foreign Ownership Limits

Washington, DC, November 10, 2017 – SIFMA today released the following statement from Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., SIFMA president and CEO, regarding an announcement from the State Council of the People’s Republic of China that the equity caps on foreign financial services firms will be increased to majority control (51 percent) and phased out fully in three years.

“Removing the equity caps is an important step forward in deepening China’s capital markets, providing a level playing field between domestic and foreign financial services firms, and rebalancing the Chinese economy.  SIFMA welcomes this development and we appreciate the constructive dialogue between Presidents Trump and Xi that paved the path for this move. We look forward to the realization of these commitments.”


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