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With its NYSE-listed parent company, VIPShop (NYSE: VIPS), recently securing an equity stake from the owners of WeChat, a social media platform in China akin to FaceBook, will provide brands access to potentially one billion active users monthly.

I am confused on the above sentence, does it mean Vipshop acquire Wechat's parent company partially?

Or it means WeChat bought some of vipshop's equity? if it is like that, isnt it suppose to be a passive term as " recently secured an equity state by WeChat"?  
Apr 28, 2020 6:16 AM
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Your first guess is correct. VIPS acquired an ownership interest in WeChat’s parent company. That’s why the active participle is used (as you suspected).

April 28, 2020
It’s ambiguous, but I interpret “with” as being instrumental (like 用, not 同). In other words, VIPShop’s parent company bought a stake in WeChat’s parent company. But I don’t know enough relevant business context to be sure. At this point, it’s no longer an English language question.

By the way, to your original question, note the preposition "from" -- that is another clue of which company sold equity.

April 28, 2020
So, to be more accurate, the sentence means Vipshop together with its parent company acquired a portion of Wechat's owner, right ?
April 28, 2020
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