China regulator fines Internet firms including Didi, Tencent and Alibaba for not seeking approval for merger deals

Subsidiaries of Didi are involved with 8 of the 22 deals.
Subsidiaries of Didi are involved with 8 of the 22 deals.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China's market regulator said on Wednesday (July 7) it has fined a number of Internet companies including Didi Chuxing, Tencent and Alibaba for failing to report merger and acquisition deals for approval.

The statement was posted on the website of the State Administration of Market Regulation.

The regulator fined the companies 500,000 yuan (S$104,300) for each case, for not seeking approval in 22 deals, citing the country's anti-monopoly laws.

Subsidiaries of Didi are involved with eight of the 22 deals. In one of the cases, it established a joint venture with China FAW Group in 2018, without reporting the deal for antitrust reviews before the new company's registration.

Ride-hailing giant Didi, still fresh on the heels of its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, has seen its shares plunge as China launched investigations on national security grounds and removed its app from app stores.

The platforms fined also include online retailer Suning.com and Beijing Sankuai Technology, a Meituan-affiliated company.