The Ant Group receives approval from the Hong Kong Inventory Alternate, clearing the final main hurdle for its large IPO

GUANGZHOU, China – Ant Group has received approval from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange for its highly anticipated initial public offering (IPO), clearing the final major regulatory hurdle prior to listing, CNBC has confirmed.

The Chinese tech giant passed an exchange hearing on Monday, said a person familiar with the matter. Reuters reported the news first.

Now the Ant Group has to file a registration with the Chinese regulators before proceeding with a roadshow and eventual pricing of the IPO. The person who preferred to remain anonymous as they are not allowed to speak publicly added.

The Ant Group declined to comment when contacted by CNBC. The Hong Kong Stock Exchange was not immediately available for comment.

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