SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - BlackRock has received a licence in China for a majority-owned wealth management venture, expanding its footprint in the country's fast-growing asset management market.
The US fund giant said on Wednesday (May 12) that its wealth management venture with a unit of China Construction Bank Corp (CCB) and Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings can now start business.
The venture, 50.1 per cent owned by BlackRock and 40 per cent by CCB's wealth management unit, will draw on BlackRock's investment expertise and CCB's vast distribution network, the US firm said in a statement.
BlackRock will "support China in building a sustainable ecosystem for investing," chairman and CEO Laurence Fink said in the statement.
"The Chinese market represents a significant opportunity to help meet the long-term goals of investors in China and internationally."
China opened its massive financial sector last April as part of an interim US-China trade deal.
Guo Shuqing, chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission (CBIRC), said in March that Chinese regulators welcome more foreign entry into China's financial sector, including the wealth management space.
Amundi has set up a wealth management joint venture with Bank of China, and Schroders has applied to partner with Bank of Communications (BOCOM) in wealth management.
BlackRock CCB Wealth Management, which received the licence from CBIRC, will expand BlackRock's presence in China.
BlackRock already owns a mutual fund venture with Bank of China, and is setting up a wholly-owned mutual fund house in the country.