Bad debts accumulated by China’s state banks have been targeted by distressed asset investors for about a decade, with mixed results. The high-profile auctions of the mid-2000s that attracted the likes of Avenue Capital and Mellon are no more. Foreign investors are enjoying the most success on the fringes, pursuing assets on a smaller scale in lesser known areas.
The four asset management corporations (AMCs) set up to handle bad debts emanating from the Big Four state banks, still have about $100 billion in legacy assets on their books, much of it from 10 years...
Chinese internet giant Alibaba Group has acquired a 4% stake in S.M. Entertainment, a South Korean music agency, for KRW35.5 billion ($29.8 million).
Oyo Rooms, an India-based budget hotel booking app backed by SoftBank Corp. and other VCs, has acquired industry rival Zo Rooms, which counts Tiger Global Management as an investor.
Chinese online hotel booking site eLong has agreed to buyout led by a consortium of existing shareholders, including Tencent Holdings and Ctrip. The deal values the company at approximately $647 million.
Singapore-based IMJ Investment Partners has raised JPY2 billion ($17.7 million) for a venture capital fund that will back start-ups in Japan. The full target is JPY6 billion.