(Aug 23): Chinese artificial intelligence startup Megvii is filing documents soon for a Hong Kong initial public offering that could raise as much as US$1 billion, people familiar with the matter said, proceeding despite a market downturn spurred by pro-democracy protests across the financial hub.

The owner of facial-recognition platform Face++ plans to submit an IPO filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange as soon as Friday, one of the people said, asking not to be named because the matter is private. Megvii declined to comment.

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