HARD QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CHINESE INTERNET GIANT’S PLANNED I.P.O.
Experts to Discuss Threats to Investors, Privacy and National Security
Washington, D.C.: Against the backdrop of press reports indicating that an imminent initial public offering by the giant Chinese Internet provider Alibaba is receiving kid-glove treatment by U.S. government securities regulators – and a complete pass by those responsible for national security, the Center for Security Policy will convene a panel discussion to illuminate concerns about this transaction that demand close scrutiny.
Alibaba’s proposal is expected to raise over $20 billion through the New York Stock Exchange, making it the largest initial public stock offering in U.S. history. The appetite for the financial windfall such a transaction will make possible has apparently induced official willful blindness to what a recent staff study by the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission concluded was an IPO that poses “major risks” for investors.
On Tuesday, 15 July, the Center will host a luncheon symposium at the National Press Club aimed at exposing the various risks for Americans associated with the Alibaba IPO with respect to: their investment in the company; the privacy rights and proprietary information of users of Alibaba’s services; and the national security.
A panel of experts will address among other issues: Chinese intelligence operations; economic warfare; cyber espionage and other penetrations of the U.S. internet space; problems with the Alibaba IPO for U.S. securities law and procedures; and other topics bearing on U.S. national security.
Frank Gaffney, President and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, Moderator
Michelle Van Cleave, Former U.S. National Counter-Intelligence Executive
Kevin Freeman, Chartered Financial Analyst and Founder, National Security Investment Counselor Institute and author of Secret Weapon: How Economic Terrorism Brought Down the U.S. Stock Market and Why It can Happen Again and Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself from the Coming Cyber Economic Attack
Fred Fleitz, Career CIA Analyst and former Professional Staff Member, House Intelligence Committee
David Yerushalmi, Securities litigator and Co-founder and Senior Counsel of the American Freedom Law Center