The U.S. State Department has asked the Trump administration to add China’s Ant Group to a trade blacklist, Reuters reported. The financial services behemoth, which is affiliated with Jack Ma’s ecommerce giant Alibaba, is preparing for a record-breaking IPO expected to raise $35 billion in a dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Ant’s Alipay digital wallet is nearly ubiquitous in China,...
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SoftBank’s Onetime Pizza-Robot Darling Shuts Down
Zume, which raised $375 million from SoftBank to automate pizza-making with robots before switching to developing sustainable packaging, has shut down. The company is insolvent and has retained restructuring firm Sherwood Partners to liquidate the assets for the benefit of the creditors, an alternative to bankruptcy, according to Martin Pichinson, Sherwood Partners’ cofounder. It ceased...
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