The app for Alipay, the mobile payments service operated by Ant Group, is seen on a smartphone in Beijing on Monday, July 20, 2020. Ant Group, the online payments arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, announced plans Monday for an initial public stock offering that could become the world's biggest since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
The app for Alipay, the mobile payments service operated by Ant Group, is seen on a smartphone in Beijing on Monday, July 20, 2020. Ant Group, the online payments arm of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, announced plans Monday for an initial public stock offering that could become the world's biggest since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Chinese fintech Ant Group has raised its targeted valuation for its upcoming blockbuster initial public offering from $250 billion to at least $280 billion, Bloomberg reported on Friday.

Chinese fintech Ant Group’s upcoming massive initial public offering is seeing strong interest from retail investors, as evidenced by the CNY 60 billion in proceeds ($8.96 billion) raised by five mutual funds created to invest in the company’s shares, Reuters reported Friday.

Ant Group on Friday unveiled a new cross-border trade finance platform powered by its Blockchain-based unit AntChain in partnership with major global banks as the Chinese fintech readies for its blockbuster initial public offering.

Chinese fintech Ant Group, the parent company of the Alipay mobile app, has enjoyed solid revenue growth in recent years while its original payments segment has been eclipsed by other financial services, a filing for its upcoming blockbuster initial public offering shows.