Everything always seems clearer and easier to understand with the benefit of hindsight. While it seems pretty apparent now that Asian private equity would emerge as a leading asset class for investors around the world, it was actually quite difficult to imagine 12 years ago that the kind of stories we have covered in recent issues of AVCJ would be possible.
For example, I hope that most of you will have read the excellent cover story focused on placement agents in the last issue of AVCJ. For those of us that have been in the Asian private equity business...
China Everbright and its portfolio company Focus Media, a Chinese outdoor advertising business, have launched a RMB5 billion ($750 million) investment fund that will invest in the technology, media and telecom (TMT) sector.
The Carlyle Group has fully exited its remaining stake in Australian ports operator Qube Logistics for a reported A$350 million ($263 million).
Institutional investors expect private equity funds to deliver outsize returns, regardless of the lower growth environment in Asia, which means GPs must focus more on making a difference to portfolio companies at the micro level.
UOB Venture Management (UOBVM), a subsidiary of Singapore’s United Overseas Bank, has led a RMB200 million ($30 million) Series C round for HunterOn, a Chinese online recruitment services provider.