FWD Group Holdings Gets Regulatory Nod for IPO in Hong Kong

FWD Group Holdings Ltd., the Asian insurer backed by Hong Kong billionaire Richard Li, has won approval for its planned initial public offering in the city, according to Bloomberg citing a person with knowledge of the matter.

The company received the green light following a hearing Thursday with the Hong Kong bourse’s listing committee, according to the person, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. The company hasn’t decided when to launch the IPO, according to Bloomberg.

The insurer is seeking to raise about $1 billion in its Hong Kong offering, Bloomberg News has reported.

Local newspaper Sing Tao Daily first reported the hearing approval. A representative for FWD declined to comment.

FWD filed an application for the first-time share sale in February after deciding to switch its listing venue to Hong Kong from the US, where it had filed for an IPO that could have raised as much as $3 billion.