Shearman & Sterling advised Goldman Sachs, BofA Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, China Renaissance and ICBCI as underwriters on the US$124.2 million initial public offering by LexinFintech Holdings Ltd. (LexinFintech) of 13.8 million American depositary shares (ADSs), which include 1.8 million ADSs sold pursuant to a full exercise of the underwriter’s over-allotment exercise, and the listing on the NASDAQ Global Market. LexinFintech is a leading online consumer finance platform in China.
LexinFintech’s ADSs were priced at US$9 each in the IPO and rose 21 percent to US$12.66 on its debut on December 21, 2017.
Founded in 2013, Shenzhen-based LexinFintech offers personal loan products through internet and mobile channels, targeting young adults between ages 18 and 36, a growing and educated group with high income potential and high consumption needs.
The Shearman & Sterling team also recently advised China Rapid Finance Limited (NYSE: XRF), one of China’s largest consumer lending marketplaces, on its initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, and Hexindai Inc.(NASDAQ: HX), a fast-growing consumer lending marketplace in China, on its initial public offering on NASDAQ.