If you buy Alibaba shares today, you will buy a piece of North American Island country, and not a piece of the Chinese online retail giant. You will simply buy and own a stake in a variable interest entity registered in the Cayman Island, because Chinese law forbids foreign ownership of strategic assets in China. So, if you buy Alibaba shares today, you would have no influence on management.
Shares worth about $8 billion is not locked, which means you can sell them right away today. The rest of the IPO`s have a lockup period, which means you have to wait several months before you can sell them.
In addition; if you buy shares in Alibaba today, won`t be able to hedge. Options will listed on September 29. Alibaba Group will be assigned a «China domicile», and therefore shares can`t be included in the S&P 500 Index, which requires a U.S domicile.
As you probably know, Facebook, Twitter and Google are all banned in China, and it was not easy for eBay either. Jack Ma said eBay couldn`t deliver as fast as they could. But what about Alibaba in the west?
Is it gonna be easy for them to build a great express logistic system to deliver fast in the west, where domestic companies are favored over international companies like Alibaba? That`s gonna be interesting in the future, because Alibaba is trying to be a global leader.
In my opinion; Amazon is very expensive, and Alibaba is very cheap. All eyes on Alibaba (BABA) shares today!
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