"The last companies that went public, proved to the street that there's a lot of growth still here," said David Chao, co-founder at venture capital firm DCM, which is based in Silicon Valley and has invested in several U.S.-listed Chinese companies.
The 2011 scandals sparked much tension between regulators of both countries regarding the oversight of auditors and access to company information that has continued ever since.
Indeed, JD.com's announcement came less than two weeks after a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) judge recommended banning Chinese units of the Big Four accounting firms from auditing U.S.-listed companies.
But the two sides could be close to a deal that would allow Washington to inspect the audit work of accounting firms in China, a U.S. audit watchdog said last week, which could go a long away to alleviating strains.
Paul Botlz, partner at law firm Ropes & Gray said Chinese companies should not be put off by the apparent escalation of the standoff due to the SEC move.
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"I think this is a bit of a blip. I would advise companies: don't be too spooked, if you want to go to U.S. markets don't let this stop you, just check with the auditors on what's their back-up plan," he said.
For Chinese companies, the U.S. market affords them options not available in Hong Kong, such as dual-class structures and the ability to list without having turned a profit. It also offers far more liquidity than the newly reopened mainland China IPO market.
This year, in addition to JD.com and a $300 million offering from a security software unit of Kingsoft, IPO candidates include real estate website Anjuke.com, gaming company Chukong Technologies and online cosmetics company Jumei.com, bankers said.
Anjuke did not reply to an e-mail seeking comment. Representatives for Chukong were not available for comment and Jumei.com could not be reached for a comment.
Companies that are likely to benefit from the boom in China consumer spending will be in greater demand than software makers facing potential piracy or companies in the heavily-regulated financial services sector, Chao at DCM said.
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Most of the China firms that list in the United States use a structure known as variable interest entities (VIEs). This vehicle gets around Chinese rules against foreign ownership in sectors such as online retail and e-commerce. A VIE will give investors access to a company's profits but not give them any ownership of the company.
"As people see value in the stocks and deals started to perform, returns could potentially offset the additional risk, like VIE, that people take when they invest in China," said Joaquin Rodriguez Torres, head of technology, media and telecom investment banking in Asia at Deutsche Bank, which worked on the IPOs of 500.com and travel services company Qunar Cayman Islands last year.
More than 140 Chinese companies have raised $36.6 billion through U.S. IPOs since 2000, Thomson Reuters data shows, with the peak in 2007 when they raised a record $6.9 billion.