Lessons from Luckin: A Cross-Border Case Study
The following session took place during Annual Spring Meeting in April 2023. Luckin Coffee Inc., founded in 2017 by a Chinese entrepreneur, had the goal of outgrowing Starbucks as China’s largest coffee chain. The company’s 2019 IPO and bond offering raised approximately US$900 million. However, in February 2020, it was discovered that Luckin had fabricated its financial statements, with revenue overstated by US$300 million.