SBI Investment has made the first investment from its artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology fund, leading a JPY1.1 billion ($10.3 million) round for Japan’s Ascent Robotics.
Asian PE investors must accustom themselves to longer holding periods and more aggressive value creation initiatives if they are to achieve their target returns in a pricey market, according to Bain & Company.
CLSA Capital Partners (CLSA CP) has acquired Moa Group, a Japanese online retailer primarily focused on household appliances.
The Corporate Partnership Fund (COPA Fund), a cross-border program backed by Korea's National Pension Service (NPS), has joined Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) in the acquisition of three US solar power projects.
Having acquired Japanese coffee shop chain Kohikan, The Longreach Group now hopes to build the family-owned business into a player capable of rivaling the national leaders
US-based Exceed Capital Partners has led a group of international VCs in a $26.9 million investment aimed at supporting an Asian expansion by domestic educational technology company Yogome.
The Longreach Group has finalized the first investment from its third fund with an agreement to buy Japanese coffee shop chain Kohikan Corporation.
Korea Post plans to commit $200 million across two funds that offer global private equity co-investment exposure.
US-based VC firm Fenox Venture Capital has partnered with Japan-based automotive parts and systems maker Aisin Group to launch a $50 million investment vehicle aimed at automotive-related technology start-ups.
Toyota Group has confirmed it will establish a Tokyo-based investment program that will commit more than JPY300 billion ($2.8 billion) to autonomous driving development.
CLSA Capital Partners (CLSA CP) has agreed to invest at least JPY10 billion ($94.3 million) to take a majority stake in Japanese beauty salon operator Agu Group. It is the firm’s second acquisition in the country this week.
VIG Partners acquires Korean food wholesaler WinPlus in a bid to consolidate the country's food supply chain
Pantheon Group has won an infrastructure mandate from Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the second made by the pension fund to a global fund-of-funds.
New and old players are vying for market share as the global automotive industry experiences a multifaceted reboot. Investment inroads abound, but there is much uncertainty in the evolution
Competition is intensifying in certain segments of Japan’s middle market, driving up valuations. Private equity firms must consider how they position themselves to maximize deal flow
Tokio Marine Capital has agreed to sell its entire stake in Tonichi Kosan, a Japanese manufacturer of parts used in construction and agricultural machinery, to machinery wholesaler Wakita & Co.
Orchestra Private Equity, a GP that focuses on Korea-Japan cross-border transactions, has invested KRW61 billion ($56 million) for an 87% stake in Seoul Vision, a Korean post-production house for TV commercials.
Ezaki Glico, a Japanese food company that markets a number of branded snack products, has acquired a majority stake in chocolate maker TCHO from US growth and venture capital firm Emil Capital Partners.
Two former principals with Bain Capital Private Equity in Japan have established their own country-focused firm – Nippon Investment Corporation (NIC) – and are seeking to raise a $500 million fund.
Ardian has opened an office in Tokyo - its third in Asia - with a view to capitalizing on growing demand for exposure to alternatives, including private equity, from Japanese institutional investors.
VIG Partners has agreed to buy an 83.1% stake in Korean food wholesaler WinPlus for KRW74 billion ($69 million). The investment includes a primary capital injection of KRW45 billion.
Nobuaki Kurumatani, who has been president of CVC Capital Partners’ Japan operation for less than a year, is departing to become chairman and CEO of Toshiba Corporation.
CLSA Capital Partners agrees to carve-out Marubeni's uniform business with a view to driving consolidation in an industry where Japanese corporate customers are already gravitating from ownership to rental
Placement agent Monument Group has appointed Kay Sano (pictured) as a representative director in its Tokyo office. She was previously a Japan-based vice president with Bain Capital Private Equity.