Following the decision to sell AlpInvest Partners, Dutch pension fund PGGM set up its own PE division. There is a preference for buyouts in Asia’s developed markets and a growing appetite...
LPs | 01 Apr 2015
Allegro Funds has agreed to buy a 100% stake in Australian railway company Great Southern Rail (GSR) from its UK parent Serco.
Australasia | 31 Mar 2015 |
Australian GP Pacific Equity Partners (PEP) has agreed to acquire Pinnacle, the Sydney-headquartered bakery unit of Irish food giant Kerry Group.
Consumer | 09 Mar 2015 |
Chinese investor Fosun International has purchased a 5% stake in UK-based travel agent Thomas Cook Group for GBP91.8 million ($138 million).
Europe | 09 Mar 2015 |
Japanese employment and internet services company Recruit Holdings has acquired German VC-backed restaurant booking site Quandoo for EUR198.6 million (about $219 million).
North Asia | 06 Mar 2015 |
GIC Private has nearly doubled its stake in London-based Merlin Entertainments, operator of Madame Tussaud’s and Legoland, to 5.2%.
Media | 06 Mar 2015 |
Shareholders in French vacation resort operator Club Méditerranée (Club Med) have accepted a EUR939 million ($1.1 billion) takeover offer from a consortium led by China's Fosun International, bringing the longest takeover battle in French history to...
Greater China | 13 Feb 2015 |
CSR Corporation, best known as China’s largest manufacturer of metro cars, has agreed to buy UK-based subsea vehicle maker Specialist Machine Developments (SMD) from Inflexion Private Equity for an enterprise valuation of GBP120 million ($184 million).
Exits | 06 Feb 2015 |
Many Asian managers are coming to terms with how the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers’ Directive might impact their fundraising plans. Unfortunately the legislation remains difficult to fathom
Regulation | 04 Feb 2015 |
Beauty is a big business for ClearVue Partners. Sales of cosmetic products in China grew 10% year-on-year between 2008 and 2013. The market is thought to be worth $80 billion with plenty of room for further growth.
Greater China | 28 Jan 2015 |
Suzlon Energy, an India-headquartered wind-turbine manufacturer, has sold its German subsidiary - Senvion - to Centerbridge Partners in EUR1 billion ($1.16 billion) deal.
Cleantech | 23 Jan 2015 |
3i Infrastructure, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners and Star Capital Partners have agreed to sell Eversholt Rail Group, one of the UK’s three major rolling stock operators, to a consortium led by Hong Kong-based Cheung Kong Infrastructure (CKI)...
Exits | 21 Jan 2015 |
Chinese GP ClearVue Partners has teamed up with US-based Catterton to provide a round of funding for Intercos, a European manufacturer of cosmetics and skincare products that wants to expand in China.
Greater China | 20 Jan 2015 |
The board of French vacation resort operator Club Méditerranée (Club Med) has recommended that shareholders accept the most recent takeover offer from a consortium led by China's Fosun International.
Greater China | 16 Jan 2015 |
NTT Docomo Ventures, the corporate VC arm of the eponymous Japanese telecom giant, has taken part in a EUR4 million ($4.7 million) round for Sunpartner Technologies, a French solar panel manufacturer.
North Asia | 09 Jan 2015 |
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In 2015, China is expected to experience a "new normal of growth". For private equity investors, China's new stage of growth represents huge opportunities: an increase of 270% in online consumption, the reform of over a hundred sovereign-owned enterprises, trillion-dollar investments into overseas infrastructure projects, the rising entrance of young entrepreneurs, and many more.
To be held on 28 and 29 May, the 14th annual AVCJ China Forum 2015 in Beijing will feature these exciting topics and bring together top-notch speakers from across the world.Join the premium industrial gathering of over 300 private equity professionals, regulators and senior executives for two days of mind-provoking discussions, networking and more.
28-29 May 2015, China World Summit Wing,Beijing
There is a feeling that now is a shrewd time to invest in Japan and take advantage of the favourable conditions for private equity. Valuations are low compared with the rest of Asia and strategic buyers and the IPO market are providing an attractive route for exits. There are also signs that corporate Japan is slowly coming around to engaging PE as a potential buyer for non-core assets and recent developments at the GPIF suggest that PE will be under strong consideration for allocations from pension funds in the near future as well as regional banks committing to the asset class right now.
The macro concerns that have been present for many years still remain in terms of low growth and currency depreciation but these are encouraging times for fund managers looking to both raise capital from Japanese LPs and make investments.
245-26 June 2015, Conrad Hotel, Tokyo