Alibaba acquires NetEase Kaola for US$2B
Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group has acquired NetEase Kaola for US$2 billion.
Tmall Import and Export General Manager Alvin Liu has been named as Kaola’s new CEO, replacing Zhang Lei.
Following the acquisition, Kaola will continue to operate independently under its own brand.
Reports of the acquisition have circulated since weeks ago; it is said to had stalled in August after the companies reportedly disagreed on transaction details.
“We are pleased to have found a strategic fit for Kaola within Alibaba’s extensive ecosystem, where Kaola will continue to provide Chinese consumers with high-quality import products and services. At the same time, the completion of this strategic transaction will allow NetEase to focus on its growth strategy, investing in markets that allow us to best leverage our competitive advantages,” said NetEase CEO William Ding.