Singapore companies are continuing to list in Hong Kong, drawn by the hope of better liquidity and higher valuations. Are they really better off there? What can Singapore do to raise its game?

SINGAPORE (Apr 9): Mark Liew, chief operating officer at PrimePartners Corporate Finance (PPCF), recalls some of his friends talking excitedly about having bought shares in Razer when the maker of computer gaming accessories got listed in Hong Kong in November last year. Knowing his friends typically invested in profitable, dividend-paying stocks in Singapore, Liew tried to warn them that Razer had a far more risky profile. “Eh, loss-making,” he said. But his friends were not deterred. “Yah, yah, I know, but Hong Kong lah,” one of them replied.

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