March 7, 2016 / 1:12 PM / a year ago

Alibaba's Ant Financial could be valued at nearly $60 billion: source

Signage for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. covers the front facade of the New York Stock Exchange November 11, 2015.Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's (BABA.N) arm, Ant Financial Services Group, is seeking a valuation of nearly $60 billion in its current round of funding, a person familiar with the matter said.

Ant Financial, which operates the "Alipay" online payment platform, is in talks to raise funds from existing and new investors, which could include CCB International, the person said on Monday.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on Monday that Ant Financial planned to raise up to 20 billion yuan ($3.07 billion), pegging its valuation at nearly $50 billion.

Ant Financial declined comment on the Journal's story.

The company was not available to comment on the $60 billion valuation outside regular business hours.

The latest round of funding is expected to be completed by mid-April, the Journal reported.

Reporting by Paul Carsten in Beijing and Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey

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