Mezzanine’s role in Australia’s financing sector has grown in light of the economic crisis because, not only has it acted as an alternative to taking on senior debt – as banks became more stringent in their lending – but also to equity itself, says Gary Stead, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Shearwater Capital.
Stead tells AVCJ that Australia's shifting financing landscape has landed mezzanine with new bedfellows that it wouldn't have had to compete with in times past. "The alternative used to be senior debt....
Amicus Capital Partners, an India-focused PE firm founded last year by former executives from the Carlyle Group and India Value Fund Advisors (IVFA), has reached a first close of $90 million on its debut fund.
Rui Ma, Greater China partner at Silicon Valley-based investor 500 Startups, has left the firm and set up her own early-stage fund-of-funds to invest in US GPs.
Sydney Angels, a syndicate of high-net-worth individuals that invests in Australian start-ups, has launched its second fund with a view to raising up to A$20 million ($15 million).
Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) has committed up to $45 million as part of a joint acquisition of UK-based freeze-dried food manufacturer Chaucer Food.