“Do you know a company called [name redacted]?” the colleague asked on the phone. “Yes,” I replied. I had been familiar with the firm and its business model for several years. It is a relatively small outfit based in Shanghai, not widely known and not particularly relevant to private equity. So what about it?
"Well," the colleague continued, "they want to raise a renminbi fund to invest in SMEs." I wasn't particularly surprised - it seems that everyone in China has sought to leverage slivers of proprietary...
Australian superannuation fund Hostplus has committed $50 million to a China-focused VC fund launched by Australian seed investor Artesian. The fund is targeting up to $200 million.
Yatra Online, an Indian travel services provider listed on NASDAQ, has raised INR1 billion ($15.4 million) in debt funding from InnoVen Capital.
Steven Okun, until recently KKR’s director of public affairs for Asia Pacific, has been appointed ASEAN representative for EMPEA, a global industry association for private capital in emerging markets.
East Ventures has launched a $30 million Southeast Asia fund that will make seed to Series A investments in technology start-ups, with an emphasis on Indonesia.