The Status Quo and Prospect of Foreign Access to Auto and Consumer Finance Companies
Given recent innovations in Chinese residents’ consumption concepts and the support of national policies, auto finance and consumer finance have both achieved relatively rapid growth. On 11 April, PBOC Governor Yi Gang (易纲) announced at the Boao Forum for Asia various financial liberalization measures to be launched this year, including encouraging the introduction of foreign investment in financial sectors such as auto finance and consumer finance. This move may bring new opportunities for development for the auto finance and consumer finance industries. This article will review the development history of auto/ consumer finance companies and the status quo of foreign investment access and, based on our experience, analyze the opportunities the current opening-up of the financial market may bring to foreign investors as well as the regulatory requirements foreign investors should pay special attention to when investing in these two types of companies.