Shein Reportedly Filed $63 Billion London IPO Amid U.S. Regulatory Hurdles

Online fashion retailer Shein has confidentially filed papers for a potential listing in London, a move that could value the company at approximately £50 billion ($63.3 billion). This significant step comes as the fast-fashion giant faces regulatory challenges in the United States.

According to multiple reports, including those from Reuters and Sky News, Shein filed the confidential prospectus with Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in early June. The exact timing of the IPO remains unclear, but it could be one of the largest initial public offerings globally this year.

Shein, valued at $66 billion in a fundraising round last year, began exploring a London Stock Exchange listing early in 2024 after its plans for a U.S. IPO encountered obstacles.

The move to list in London reflects Shein’s strategic pivot due to complications with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In February, Bloomberg reported that U.S. Senator Marco Rubio and other officials urged the SEC to block Shein’s IPO unless the company provided more transparency about its operations in China. The SEC’s hesitancy is partly due to Shein’s supply chain issues, which have drawn scrutiny.

Shein has reportedly informed the China Securities Regulatory Commission of its change in listing venue but has not yet received approval from the Chinese regulator.

The fast fashion firm was founded in 2008 by Chris Xu, initially as an online portal selling wedding dresses. Over the years, it expanded its product range to include women’s, men’s, and children’s fashion, as well as accessories and home goods. The company is known for its rapid production cycle, often introducing thousands of new items each week to keep up with fast-moving fashion trends​.

Originally based in Nanjing, China, Shein moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2022 to better manage its global operations. This relocation aligns with Shein’s international focus, as the company does not sell products in China but instead targets markets such as the United States, Europe, and other regions​.

In terms of financial performance, Shein generated an estimated $32.5 billion in revenue in 2023, a significant increase from $22.7 billion in 2022. Despite its rapid growth and financial success, Shein has faced controversies, including allegations of forced labor in its supply chain and issues related to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards. These challenges have heightened scrutiny on the company as it navigates its IPO plans​.

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