Japanese messaging app Line files for IPO valued upwards of $10 bln -source

TOKYO, July 15 Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:10am EDT

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TOKYO, July 15 (Reuters) - Japanese messaging app operator Line Corp applied for an initial public offering (IPO) valued at upwards of 1 trillion yen ($9.85 billion) around two weeks ago at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Line, owned by South Korea's Naver Corp, has tapped investment bank Nomura Holdings Inc to manage the IPO, the person said, adding that the company is considering a dual listing in Tokyo and New York.

Line has grown rapidly to claim popularity in Asia and Latin America with more than 480 million downloads globally.

($1 = 101.5700 Japanese Yen) (Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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